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Conversations with Molly Mawlz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Molly Mawlz.

Hi Molly, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’m originally from Pittsburgh PA, and I moved to Los Angeles in 2014. I started singing and songwriting when I was very young, practicing with my dad – a guitarist – and performing with his band at home and at local gatherings. Before moving to Los Angeles, I began recording music in Pittsburgh PA, with a rap/hop-hop/pop sound, releasing my first ‘mixtape’ entitled ‘Quit Bein Scared’ in 2011. Shortly after, in 2012, I released a second project called ‘End Detour’. Both projects were brought to fruition with the help of ID Labs Studio / Big Jerm / Ricky P and various other producers. I was able to go to Atlanta GA to work with Grand Hustle Ent. affiliates during the making of the second project. The projects gained traction in Pittsburgh as well as online via DatPiff.com, and I was afforded the opportunity to network and collaborate with people who were truly active in the music industry for the first time in my career. I managed myself and eventually opened live shows with headliners such as Snoop Dogg and Twista – and then proceeded to self-fund my first music video – directed by Dan Meyers – to my single ‘Quit Bein Scared’.

After my music started to get some recognition, I was contacted by an entertainment lawyer who wanted to submit my music to a label in California. The label was Rufftown Records, and I was signed by Rene Moore ( of ‘Rene and Angela’ ). I moved to Los Angeles and spent almost two years working with that label before parting ways. In that time, I was featured on a record with En Vogue, entitled “What’s Her Face”. Once I became an independent artist again, I continued networking and releasing singles – as well as collaborating with artists year after year. I wanted to learn as much as I could about artistry, as well as about the ‘back of the house’ in the industry. I invested in studio equipment in 2015 and have been practicing the art of audio engineering and production ever since. I released another self-funded music video entitled ‘Right Back’ in 2020. In January 2022, I started a podcast/talk show with my co-host Donn John$on called ‘Mawlz and Donn’. We decided we wanted a platform dedicated to showcasing independent/upcoming artists, entrepreneurs and small business owners. The show grew over the course of one year to host 19 episodes with over 40+ guests. We hosted 3 live talent showcases in that time as well.

I also did a collaboration with an artist from AZ, Bag of Tricks Cat, and secured my first Billboard charting feature, performing the hook on his record, entitled ‘By The Time The Leaves Change’. Around May of 2022, I started recording my first EP. As of now, it’s 98% finished and I plan to drop my first single from the EP in January 2023. The EP is called ‘Smoov Lil Blanco’ and features 8 tracks. I produced 3 of the tracks, and the whole project is a close collaboration with the extremely talented producer and wonderful human, J Classic – with the mix/master done by the equally as awesome and beloved Sauce Miyagi. I’m really excited for everyone to hear it.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Smooth!? If you’ve ever talked to someone working in any faucet of entertainment, particularly music, for most, it is hardly ever a smooth road. Especially for women. That’s a fact. Between struggling to find people who will work with you without ulterior motives to unsuccessful deals or dead-end collaborations… the challenges are endless. For me personally, surviving in Los Angeles, after moving across the country alone at 23 years old – knowing no one here or where to land once I got here – was just the beginning of my challenges, and that was outside of music. The cost of living in LA is nothing like where I’m from. It surely brought out the hustle in me, though. It also allowed me to grow a thicker skin, a business mindset and a talent for seeing through peoples ‘smoke and mirrors’. It’s difficult to work full time, be in the mix of the social scene to network, be perfecting your craft and to be creating productively all at once, but it’s necessary. Let’s just say I really value my sleep when I can get it.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a singer, rapper, songwriter, podcast host, model, event planner, makeup artist, producer and audio engineer. I’ve also spent many years professionally in the cannabis industry and still have ties to it.

I believe my network and networking abilities, my ambition and my perseverance set me apart. I wear a lot of hats, and I never lack in creativity, connections or resources. I’m very proud of my whole journey, my new EP and my podcast.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I don’t know that I believe in dumb luck… I believe in manifestation, synergy, positive energy, and the fact that preparation meets opportunity. As long as I’m taking action and taking the next step forward in relation to what I’m trying to achieve, I believe that I can’t be stopped unless I stop myself. I try not to get in my own way, and I trust in the power of the universe, as well as in my own willpower and abilities.

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