Malory

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Malory find out more about her…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I was born in South Africa and lived in Mexico City for a few years before finally settling in London. My dad played guitar and wrote songs as well as my sister, so I think being around them and seeing how they would create made me think, hey, maybe I can do this too? Learnt a few chords, and BAM I was hooked.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
In terms of songwriting, Bob Dylan, Carole King, Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple to name a few. Listening to Dylan and Carole King teaches you how to write a 'classic' (something which I am always striving to do) song which stands the test of time. With Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple, they both are completely unique and never let the industry dictate what they should create so that authenticity is really what I admire. Recently my influences have become a little wackier and genre crossing, from Lorde to Rex Orange County, MØ to Honne, Declan McKenna to Alt-J.

How would you describe your sound?
Alternative pop maybe? I sort of prefer others to tell me what they think it sounds like. For me it's hopefully just really good music that people want to hear!

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What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
I've just released my entire EP, 'Dystopia' so I suppose it would be my song 'Real Love' which features on it. It's sort of an epic, anthemic ballad which deals with this idea of not knowing if you've made the right decision in a relationship and if the other person truly loves you back. The production is sort of old school but we put in a few quirky parts including a bed of lush vocoder vocals to make it sound super warm.

What’s your local music scene like?
Wimbledon is a great place to grow up but I'm not sure if it has the most thriving live scene... I have however always been met with huge support from the community, so I would say they are very open and willing to fly the flag for live music and local artists. I tend to gig in North or East London mostly.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Really looking forward to performing at The Great Escape in Brighton and later in the summer at Into the Wild. I'm heading off to Nashville to sponge up some inspiration too! But I'm certain I will also be releasing a lot of new music throughout the year. Travelling and writing for other artists too. I'm just getting started!!

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Oooo, definitely Jack Antonoff of Bleachers, but maybe also Randy Newman? I have such a rainbow of ideas so I feel like I'd be able to express them well with each of them! And of course, with Toronto's ShyKids!!

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I was once performing at a charity gig in aid of rescuing abandoned dogs. The event was great and going really well. Everyone was enjoying my performance and then I said 'This next song is called Roadkill' without even thinking. I do genuinely have a song called 'Roadkill' and it's a great tune, but I could've maybe planned ahead and left that one out...

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I would love people to know that they should always expect the unexpected from me. I hate boxing myself into genres and styles, I sincerely just love creating and writing music whatever the vibe and whether that is for myself or others.

You can find out more about Malory via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.