Music interview – Mollie Marriott: ‘I’m not really a fame-seeker’

Mollie Marriott. Picture Rob Blackham / www.blackhamimages.com
Mollie Marriott. Picture Rob Blackham / www.blackhamimages.com
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MOLLIE Marriott has a superb musical pedigree, she is the daughter of Small Faces and Humble Pie guitarist Steve Marriott and the step-daughter of Joe Brown.

Recently she has been acting as a consultant and vocal coach on the hit musical ‘All Or Nothing – The Small Faces Musical’, but is now stretching her ‘solo’ wings with an album and tour.

Mollie, with her own band, is supporting Bad Touch on their UK tour during November and December, and her album ‘Truth Is A Wolf’ is released on November 3.

“It’s my first solo album,” Marriott says. “But I did have a record deal in my teens, but then wanted some ‘normal’ time.

“I was more than happy to be a backing vocalist, and have worked and toured with Paul Weller and Wilko Johnson, but I needed to write as a catharsis as I was going through a bad time.

“I’m not really a ‘fame-seeker’, so I put off doing the album. I still don’t want it [fame], but you have to ‘play the game’.

I was more than happy to be a backing vocalist, and have worked and toured with Paul Weller and Wilko Johnson, but I needed to write as a catharsis as I was going through a bad time.

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“I went to Nashville to start writing the album.”

Marriott found the writing process enjoyable.

“I love it, especially when I write on my own. It always takes me a while to get it right – I tend to leave it a while. I get a part of a song and leave it, if it’s still an ear-worm then I write it down.”

But it’s not always easy, as she explains.

“It can be frustrating. For instance, the song ‘Gravity’ took me three months before I got it how I wanted it.”

Marriott found out in her teens that she could really sing.

“I could always sing in tune and was always in am-dram, but always as a dancer. I realised that I could really hit some notes when I was around 15 or 16.”

And was her father an influence?

“Yes, he influences me. He taught me what not to do. I’m learning from his mistakes, he was royally screwed at the time and I find it a bit weird watching videos of him.”

And Marriott has other, quite diverse, influences.

“I was raised in the 90s,” – she’s 32 – “so grunge is an influence, artists like Pearl Jam, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks and Soundgarden. And my favourite music to listen to is the 40s and 50s, people like Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzgerald.”

For the tour, Marriott is backed by a stripped down version of her band.

“It’s the same band I’ve had for three or four years. It’ll be weird not being with the full band, but it’s exciting.”

“I’m actually the only woman on the tour, so I’ll either go mad or end up mothering them all.”

And audiences will be treated to tracks from the new album.

“Not all of it, though. There will be some songs from the album, some old material and new stuff which I will be putting on my new album next year.”

Paul Weller appears to be a fan.

“I toured with him earlier this year and it was fantastic. He also appears on a couple of tracks on the album too.

“I’m so looking forward to this tour with Bad Touch,” she concludes. “I’m also particularly looking forward to going to Scotland as I’ve not been there for years.”

And the future?

“Next year I hope to do another tour and then back in the studio.”

Mollie Marriott will be the special guest on the Bad Touch UK tour at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds on Friday November 24. www.molliemarriott.com

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