Interview with Norfolk lad: Mullally

Soul-pop singer, Mullally, has had me as a fan for 2 years after seeing him perform in a cafe in Norfolk and now he is signed to major label, Atlantic Records, and is heading to the Reading & Leeds stage. I think it’s about time I caught up with him!

When asked about performing at UK festivals like the Great Escape and Reading and Leeds, Mullally said;

“I really like the connectivity of festivals like the Great Escape. I’ve just come back from playing SXSW, which is a similar kind of festival in the States. It’s wicked to be able to buzz around somewhere cool like Austin or Brighton and see lots of music. I love events like that…”
With the huge signing to Atlantic, Mullally has a lot of love for the team and gives an insight into what we can expect to come from the rest of this year;
“I think some new music is in order. I’m playing quite a few festivals this year too, like Reading and Leeds. The team at Atlantic are so sick that I totally trust them with the next move! I’m gonna be spending a lot of time in the studio, so not much is gonna change really!”
After mentioning that I saw him perform in ‘Margos’, a 70’s themed cafe in Gorleston, Norfolk, just two years ago, Mullally explained what he’s been doing and how life took a turn;

“You’re talking about Margos! Such a sick little venue – I love playing there so much. Life

Credit: Mullally’s Facebook page

has been weird man, I didn’t have a bed for 18 months… that was fun. Sleeping on a sofa.. I’ve just been working really hard, trying to get a grip on where I wanna be. It’s been intense for sure.”

When comparing one of the biggest festivals in the world, SXSW, to UK Festivals, Mullally describes how different the atmosphere is;
“It’s a very, very different world to Reading. Reading is crazy, lots of partying and heavy
music. SXSW is more of a convention, made for people to connect through music. I think British festivals are a bit more of a party. That being said, I saw some people treating SXSW just like a Brit festival, so maybe I’m wrong. I just like playing music to people who want to hear it, all festivals are dope for that.”
When asked what he has learned from his musical experience so far, he explained;
“I’ve learned that even though all of the rumours about the music industry are true (to an extent) – like the politics and trends and the big bad executives controlling what we listen to, the people that work really hard to get really good at what they do are the ones that succeed.”
Finally, I believe a true musician uses their power of music to get a strong message across and this is what Mullally believes in;
“I’ve always hoped that I seem honest, that’s really important. Authenticity is a major thing for me, people can always tell when you’re not being yourself. I also hope that my message goes a little further than just who I am, because artists in this digital age have a lot of sway over their audience, and if all the big artists in the world wanted to spread an important message, it would be heard everywhere. Sometimes we get so caught up in trying represent who we are that we forget the bigger picture. I’d like to find a message to spread that wasn’t about me, for example there’s an amazing campaign happening at the minute called Love Music Hate Racism. That’s the sort of message I like.”
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