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INTERVIEW: Molly Kruse

Hi Molly, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi, guys! Well, thanks for asking. Thank you so much for posting about my music!

Can you talk to us more about your song “Ruby”?

Absolutely! “Ruby” has elements of pop, folk, country, alternative, and rock. The premise deals with a girl who’s neglected and abandoned by her family seen through the eyes of a narrator who’s empathizes with her struggle. It’s one of my favorites on the EP for the production, lyricism, and subject matter discussed. You can download it on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ruby-single/1343537945) or stream it on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/album/7dOHCMuleVz1LSpoqAJbNU).

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

It’s influenced by real events, but the main premise is a little girl who struggles to find real, unconditional love from her family, friends, and school environment. I related deeply to her pain, as I had experienced similar circumstances in my childhood. Her story was burning a hole in my soul to express, so one night, I sat down to write and “Ruby” was born!

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The filming process and experience were AMAZING! (Albeit, a bit stressful, ha!) I don’t think the director, Jamie, or I got more than 2 hours of sleep the night before because we were so excited and anxious about the project, so we were just running on pure adrenaline. I had known Jamie from a film we’d worked out together a few years ago and knew she had a lot of experience producing and directing very high-quality music videos, so it was an easy choice to hand the project over to her. We took a long time getting everything together in pre-production and looking for the perfect location – with lots of varied backdrops and lighting options. We settled on a house in North Hollywood that’s only rented for film shoots and events, and it ended up being such a great pick. The day of the shoot was so well-organized by Jamie and her producers and flowed pretty effortlessly from start to finish. And Cami Ritzler, the girl that dances in the video, was such a God-send; we were ecstatic to showcase her talent and pair her artistry with my music and Jamie’s eye. 

How was the recording and writing process?

It was really fulfilling and rich and enjoyable! As I mentioned earlier, the song was bursting to get out of me and onto paper, so I sat down to write one evening and finished it in about 4 hours. The harmony line had come to me a week previous, and I started by playing around with the cadence of the rhythm and stacking more harmonic lines on top of it. Initially, I wrote the song as a country jazz tune with a whole jazz vocal breakdown in the middle, but once we got into the studio, my producer, Brandon Eugene Owens, suggested that we restructure the tune a tad by eliminating certain repetitions of the backup vocals and nixing the breakdown. He also brought in a ton of huge session and touring musicians, like Jan Ozveren and Darren Beckett, which enriched the production. Ultimately, we came out with a song I’m really happy with.

What role does Berkeley play in your writing?

The Bay has changed so substantially from when I grew up, but it’s definitely had an enormous impact on who I am, my interests, my musical influences, and how I relate to the world around me. Needless to say, it’s a very liberal, free, and open area; to have grown up in a fairly open-minded and, come to think of it, pretty feminist, pro-woman household and environment, made me feel like my contributions are worthy and equal to those of my male counterparts. It’s also an extremely political and fiercely intellectual area, and while that bent is less apparent in this EP, it’s definitely shaped how flowery, poetic, and profound I make my melodies and lyrics. On top of that, it’s an environment that’s steeped in such a rich musical history, and that, for certain, has deeply influenced my musical palette and the way in which I compose.

How does acting influence your music and other way around?

I don’t know if music greatly influences that area of my creativity. However, having been an actor for so long has definitely made an impact on how I perform. I’ve been trained pretty heavily in musical theatre vocal performance, which is a whole different ball game than performing your own songs. Initially, I think I tried to “act” out the song, as if in a play, which… didn’t really work, as you might imagine. On top of that, because I’d acted so much in the past, it was really challenging to perform my work when I first started playing out in Los Angeles. I was accustomed to assuming a character, a role, not showing off these deep lyrics and personal songs I’d written. It was a very vulnerable, somewhat scary experience and took a long time to work through. Now, I’ve learned I just have to feel my songs, and if I do that, I can bring the audience along on a journey; the acting work only serves to further color the songs.  

How’s your new album coming along? 

Really well, thanks! It’s all completed, mixed, and mastered. We’ve been putting the finishing touches on the album artwork in the past couple of weeks, which has been a really fun, creative endeavor.

Any tentative release date or title in mind? 

It’ll be self-titled, and the release date is set for March 28th.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, the plan is to do a tour, which is currently in the works. Stay tuned!

What else is happening next in Molly Kruse´s world? 

I’m about to film a video for my next single “Come Back to Me”, which I’m so excited about. Otherwise, I’ve been writing more songs and trying to maintain balance in this very busy release time!!

Watch Ruby here

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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