New aspects and visions: chatting with Molly Grue

Earlier this year we chatted with Krista Acheson about her music as Krista D. As she continues the unveiling of her project, Molly Grue, with a new single ahead of her debut EP, The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story, we had the pleasure of talking with the Canadian singer songwriter about her new adventure.

Can you talk to us a little about why you started this project?

I started Molly Grue so that I could have a separate project under which I could release some songs that I’d written which didn’t match the style of music I was releasing under my Krista D project.

How many bands, or rather projects, are you involved in?

At the moment, three… The Krista D project is for the material that is a blend of 50s and 60s musical elements, with some punk flavouring.

Molly Grue is where I’ll be releasing some soft, alternative, rock music and I also have another project called Hooha and the Peter Guns under which I plan to release some harder rock material. I felt it might be easier for people to know what to expect from me if my music was compartmentalized according to style.

What inspired the Molly Grue name?

It’s a character from an animated film called The Last Unicorn. I used to watch it a lot as a child. I still do from time to time. I was working on some art and thinking about starting to release music again, after about a 10 year hiatus, and the film was playing in the background; the part where Molly was angry with the unicorn came on and that’s when I decided on the name. I was like… that’s exactly how I’d react if I found success at music at this point in my life.

Do the same things still drive you as an artist from when you were fresh-faced or have they evolved over time?

When I started in music, in the mid 90’s, I was extremely naive. I started recording quite young and at the time I assumed that if someone had an inherent talent for something, they would just naturally find a place doing what they were organically suited for; as if somehow your skill-set preordained you to eventually become successful in a career.

As I grew up I realized that’s not how the music industry works. So, now the only thing that drives me is the desire to create and express myself.

Since those early days, how would you say your core sound and creativity has evolved?

It changes a little from song to song; sometimes I’ll toss in a new instrument or a weird audio sample, but overall I stick to the same pattern. I’m not sure if there’s been any true evolution, and if there has, I’m probably too close to my projects to hear it.

Has anything or anyone directed, or majorly inspired, your approach to creating music?

Not directly, no…A lot of my writing and composing is intuitive; it happens on a subconscious level. I think it’s basically a collage of a bunch of musical elements that I’ve picked up throughout my life – but I never consciously set out to sound like anyone in particular.

Do you have a particular process to your songwriting?

My songwriting process is: a melody and lyrics pops into my head…strings, piano, trumpets or other background elements accompany it. Then I try to communicate it, either with plotting it out using a keyboard to give to someone to transpose into sheet music, or, for rock oriented stuff, I either strum the chords, write out the chords or resort to humming them at a guitarist. It’s a very slow, strained process, to be honest. I don’t play many of the instruments I like to write for, so I’m trapped in my head a lot. I’m currently setting up a small studio space in my house so that I can plot out all the instruments digitally, by ear.

Where do you, more often than not, draw the inspirations for the lyrical side of your songs?

It’s all mostly based on personal experience. The Molly Grue project is a venting project… it’s actually a bit depressing, but I think sorrow serves a higher purpose when it’s converted into an art form.

Would you give us some background to your latest release? What is the newest single about?

My latest release is a single that I’ve called O Dymphna! with the alternate title ‘Stepped Over’. It’s dealing with sexual assault and I’d written it years ago, recorded it last year, and it’s due to be out on digital platforms next week. It’s actually the only song in my career that I’ve had to put an explicit lyrics warning on. The title O Dymphna! was meant like a supplication to an icon that represents multiple forms of suffering. I had read somewhere that she was the patron saint of assault, anxiety, mental illness, runaways and probably a few other things; sources seem to vary. I’m not Catholic, but I find the iconography interesting and chose the title to encompass various experiences, because no matter the specifics of an individuals’ story, we all share a very similar emotional aftermath that forever alters our reality.

Do you go into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or develop them as you record?

I do what I can to best express what I want to hear on a rough demo, before it gets studio recorded, but things always evolve slightly depending on the musicians I’ve chosen to work with or hire.

How as the internet and social media impacted you to date? Do you see it as something destined to become a negative from a positive as the project grows and hopefully gets increasing success but also sees an increase of people trying to get your music for free etc.?

The biggest positive impact it’s had was when my single Land Mine received over 719,000 streams, in a month, through Pandora internet radio.

Aside from that, I’m probably one of the artists who struggle to use social media to their advantage. I’ve been mainly using my social media accounts as portfolios but rarely actively promote or market myself. I do realize how important social media is to people, though, so I do intend to try to work harder in that area; especially where Molly Grue is a new project starting from zero.

Our big thanks for sharing time with us: anything you like to add or reveal for the readers?

Thank you for the interview! For anyone wanting to follow my progress on either my visual art or the upcoming EPs, they are welcome to friend me on Facebook. I am most active on this account: https://www.facebook.com/krista.acheson   I also have links to all of my music at: http://www.trimorfik.com

https://www.facebook.com/MollyGrueMusic/

Pete RingMaster 26/10/2018

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Emerging Canvas: an interview with artist Anja Tvrtkovic

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For every album, single, book, or DVD there is a cover or accompanying piece of art to portray what is within and tempt the emotions into the heart of the host. Always looking out for emerging independent artists The RingMaster Review had the pleasure to come across a young artist from Serbia, Anja Tvrtkovic, whose work has already grabbed thoughts and attention. Such the potency of the few things seen we felt the need to find out more about the lady and her work.

Hello Anja and thank you for talking with us.

Hello, and thank you for the interview!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a person that likes to  do too many things interested in art and music. I am a student of University of Applied Arts studying Animation. In my free time I work art designs for bands, t-shirt designs and illustrations for younger children. I am playing bass and back vocals in an all-female band called Plump (named after a song played by Hole). Two months back I ended up in a band called Jailbait (an all-girl band that is a tribute to the Runaways and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts)! And I don’t know what else to say and not end up sounding like an egoistic person  haha :))

When did art first catch your imagination and who were your early influences?

When I was a kid, it was my passion, so most of the time I was watching Flight of Dragons, The Last Unicorn, The Railway Dragon and many more cartoons in that style of drawing! Of course those were the times of VHS so I would record a lot of cartoons and watch them over and over. I can’t say who would be my influence as a person. I was more in my world at the time, with an idea of dragons and dinosaurs in my head.

How would you describe your style of art?

My style? Hmmmm, I always wanted to look badass with my drawings and make people go into “WOAH!” effect, but I would always end up drawing something cute and attractive to a child’s eye. But there are the times when I get into my more serious state, but I never published it.

Is there any particular medium you prefer or find better for your ideas?

Digital art. Definitely. I am too clumsy to work traditional and would always end up all in colours and not satisfied.

artwork2What inspires your work and ideas predominantly?

Other people, friends, but mostly artists all over the world. Internet is a great tool in meeting other styles and techniques.

Music is obviously also an important thing in your life?

Oh yes, very! My bass and love for singing also helps and inspires!! Music is a big part of my life, the thing that gets me going. Every time I stay up late, working for my University, I crank up some good old grunge and metal so I could get through.

What bands and genres are your favourites?

There are too many but, there are some times when I am into grunge, rock, sometimes punk, sometimes I end up in heavy, death and some older thrash. Few of the favourite bands would be: Gojira, System of a Down, Black Sabbath, Offspring, Nirvana, Queen, Deep Purple, Slayer, Kultur Shock, Babes in Toyland Hole, L7, Guano Apes….
I have many local bands that I love and support so I would include them too: NoYz?, Hatred, Uneven, Fandango, Seljačka Buna, Cannot and many more!

When and how did the two mediums come together with you designing art work and posters for bands?

When I was in high school. Because it was a school of Design, a lot of projects were designing CD covers and posters. I was always glared down by my teachers because of doing a design for Opeth, System of a Down and a few more local bands haha.

If given just one choice would you choose working in music or illustrating for children’s books etc?

I would probably find myself more in illustrating then in music. Drawing is more my thing, I would leave music making to more talented people 🙂

I believe you are creating the artwork for the forthcoming album from Serbian band Noyz?

Yes! I am doing the cover and booklet for upcoming album. It is a lot of work, but that is a dream of every artist. To work with a band that  you love, and gets you easily inspired. So I am the lucky one 🙂

Can you give any insight as to what it will be like?

Well, Sharkey(frontman and guitarist) and I had a long talk about the album, and I know very well all the songs (yeah I am a big fan), so there is going to be greyish, a little bit dark, but with symbolic elements. I will try to keep the grunge spirit that Noyz have!

What other artists have you worked with or are looking at in the future?artwork1

I haven’t had a chance to work with other artists, but I hope I will! I like collaborations! But if you think for music artists I worked with tons!

You create music yourself so what do you feel is the biggest similarity between creating pieces of art and making music?

I literally did just one part of a song in collaboration with my friend and Sharkey, as a gift to one dear friend. I  always have a blockade in my head when I am starting to do something. Even for this song I had a blockade, I had to make the melody and lyrics and couldn’t do it. Few days later it just hit me, out of nowhere! That is the same process I am having with my art. So yeah there is a big similarity 🙂

Have you an aim or ambition for your art ahead?

I can’t say there is an aim. I am still in the shell, I don’t have goal in my life, maybe dreams, but those are still far away!

Where can people see your works of art?

For now, I don’t have an online portfolio, and my deviant art page is old and hasn’t been updated in a long time, but I am hoping in making a site as soon as possible! Some of my really old stuff can be seen here: http://njanjadesign.daportfolio.com/

Once again many thanks for talking with us.
It was my pleasure! The questions were fun! 🙂

Would you like to end with three of your favourite works of art and three favourite albums?

I would end up with: From Mars to Sirus – Gojira; Bleach – Nirvana;  Diabolus in Musica – Slayer.

The RingMaster Review 06/04/2013

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