Since childhood, Molly baker has gravitated to music, something she used as a medium to express her deepest thoughts and emotions. Molly Baker has capitalized on using lyrics to share what goes on in her head with larger people, and she has been very successful with that.
Her latest single Beautiful Chaos’ is the first song release of her debut album (Plot Twist) from Molly Baker. In a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh, Molly Baker shared the main inspiration behind her latest single, she said
“My song is called Beautiful Chaos because to me, that’s the embodiment of high school. There is so much chaos going through our lives, with homework, extracurriculars, and absolutely no sleep. But there’s something so beautiful about how it unifies us all and brings us to our closest friends. All in all, to me, high school is a Beautiful Chaos!!”
The inspirations behind beautiful chaos are relatable and valid, but not only limited to high school as even outside high school we sometimes find it difficult to navigate through our day-to-day activities
More of this was shared in the interview, not only did she talk about her latest single, but she also touched on some of the challenges she’s been facing through her musical journey
Getting used to massive amounts of homework and studying night after night. Football games, prom, and homecoming are indeed a few of the memories that we all have from high school. ‘Beautiful Chaos’ is locked and loaded full of high school moments.
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What is your stage name
⁃ I don’t use a stage name! I actually tried to think of one a while back but I liked staying more authentic and true to me; especially as I’ve started writing my own lyrics.
Where do you find inspiration/what is your main inspiration?
⁃ When telling my producer what I want a new track to sound like, I typically find inspiration in songs/albums I’m listening to at the moment. Lyrically I find inspiration in real life situations I’ve been through, or in stories I’ve heard my friends tell.
Lyric inspiration isn’t always that straightforward though – one of the songs I’ve written came from a phrase I kept hearing over and over! Me and Jenni Rudolph formed a story off of that, which was super fun.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
⁃ I always knew I was interested in music. I loved singing ever since I was born, and I started playing my first instrument (piano) when I was in first grade. Music has been something I’ve always appreciated since I’m more introverted, and can express myself through songs and their lyrics 🙂
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
⁃ My Dad was in a few small bands growing up and can play a little bit of guitar. When I was just getting started, he was the one who would record my vocals! He also built my home studio that I used while recording my upcoming album. He’s definitely my biggest supporter! My mom and I love to listen to music on the radio, but she’s more crafty than musical.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
⁃ this is a tough question to answer as there isn’t a specific person that comes to my mind. I started singing and recording when I was really young (around 10) and loved it so much that I decided to continue. Entering the music industry felt like a decision to continue pursuing my passion at the time, rather than deciding I wanted to be just like someone I admired.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
⁃ I took some vocal lessons when I was younger, but my most influential teachers have been my piano teacher (Victoria Fox) and my guitar teacher (Josh Dixon). They’ve taught me for years now, and I wouldn’t be where I am now without them! I learned songwriting through my topliner Jenni Rudolph, who wanted to collaborate with me since from the start of our project together.
In my musical past, my topliner (person who writes the lyrics and melody) would typically take their job on themselves, but Jenni went out of her way to include me in the process. She has such an amazing mind and I look at lyrics so differently after writing with her for 6 months!
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
⁃ My own, maybe? Surprisingly I’ve never been to a real concert before – but I’ve put on small live concerts and performances and have been to SOO many open mics to see growing artists! I did snag tickets to the Eras Tour though, and I’m sooo excited for that to be my first concert!
How could you describe your music?
⁃ My music is definitely made for teenagers looking for upbeat, fun, angsty, emotion filled songs with deep lyrics to dive into.
Describe your creative process.
⁃ First, I’ll send a list of songs I’m obsessed with to my producer so he has inspiration while making my new track. He’ll produce a bunch of tracks based off of notes I give him and I’ll pick my favorite from the bunch, then get on a zoom and start writing!!
It normally takes three/four writing sessions to get lyrics done. Then I’ll record in my home studio, and send the vocals to my producer. He edits them until we have a final mix everyone is happy with! Then it gets sent off for mastering, which is like a final edit. Finally I promote my song to the world!
What musician do you admire most and why?
⁃ This is probably an answer everyone would expect from a fifteen year old girl, but I am a Taylor Swift fan for life. I admire how she can write, sing, and create the instrumentals for all of her tracks, which is something I want to do someday!! She is also an INCREDIBLE performer live. She’s definitely an inspiration and I would love to meet her someday!!
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
⁃ Definitely! I was making more bubblegum pop/EDM music early on and have evolved into pop-rock songs.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
⁃ Social Media has created a new way of releasing music, making it way harder to promote music than it was 20 years ago. Any growing artist who has mastered the algorithm is someone I envy + consider a competitor! Most people don’t realize that after you create music, you have to play the role of an influencer to get your songs out.
What are your interests outside of music?
⁃ I love collecting vinyls – I know it’s technically music related, but since it’s not me creating music I thought it might still work! I have a whole wall of them in my room and I feel like listening to music is free therapy. I love to read and write, bake, cook, and run in my free time!!
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
⁃ This question is hard to answer because I’m so young and am still learning my interests as I grow! I honestly have no clue, but whatever it is, I would be sure to keep music as a hobby since it’s so important to how I live my life.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music/If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
⁃ Definitely what I said earlier about social media. I feel like nowadays the popular songs on the billboard charts are trending tiktok songs, and music is becoming less about deep lyrics and more about a good beat drop. Keeping my songs true to me but also making sure they have a part with the potential to go viral has been a difficult thing to figure out!
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
⁃ My song is called Beautiful Chaos because to me, that’s the embodiment of high school. There is so much chaos going through our lives, with homework, extracurriculars, and absolutely no sleep. But there’s something so beautiful about how it unifies us all and brings us to our closest friends. All in all, to me, high school is a Beautiful Chaos!!
What are your plans for the coming months?
⁃ I plan to start playing live more, as open mics become more frequent in the spring/summer. I also plan to try new ways of getting the word out about Beautiful Chaos!! New songs will also be released…. follow @mollybakermusic on all platforms to stay tuned 😉
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
⁃ Besides collaborating with Jenni on lyrics, nope! But I am definitely open to doing so!
What message would you like to give to your fans?
⁃ Thank you SO much for supporting a growing artist! I appreciate any bit of support I get, and I am so happy that I get the chance to make your day a little bit brighter with my music. And pay attention to my lyrics!! Some of the songs I’ll be releasing soon all interconnect 😁!