NXTSTYLE’s 2020 ‘Songs of the Summer’: Molly Hammar “Alone” & “Get To Know Me First”
INTRODUCING NXTSTYLE’S 'SONGS OF THE SUMMER,' HIGHLIGHTING OUR FAVORITE TRACKS WE'VE DISCOVERED THIS SUMMER. OVER 70 SONGS FROM NEW AND INDEPENDENT ARTISTS FORM OUR SUMMER 2020 SOUNDTRACK. TODAY WE FEATURE MOLLY HAMMAR. THE SCANDINAVIAN POP ARTIST HAS BREATHTAKING TALENT AS SEEN IN TWO OF HER SINGLES WE FEATURED THIS SUMMER. WE’RE EXCITED TO TRACK HER JOURNEY AS WE THINK THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR HER. LEARN MORE ABOUT MOLLY HAMMAR IN OUR FEATURED INTERVIEW.
When I first listened to “Alone” I was instantly obsessed and still am. The song has the perfect formula for a Pop hit and for fans of female powerhouses it really hits the spot. Take us behind the creation of the single and your connection to it. The single has hit over a million streams and counting on Spotify. Has the success and the fans reaction to it met your expectations?
Thank you! I love “Alone”, that song took my project to another level I think. The songwriters on this one, Ella Eyre and Hank Solo was an honour to work with since I’ve known of them for a long time. The message is very clear haha- I think people are scared to be alone and sometimes the behaviour that creates can be hurtful to others. So, face yourself and your fears basically. And be nice. Expectation wise I think I always try to keep them chill but I knew it was a banger.
“Get To Know Me First” is your latest single and one in my opinion would thrive on radio. There’s a great flow to the song and the chemistry between yourself, Julie Bergan, and AWA really shines through. Take us through the creative process of the single and how this collaboration came about.
“Get To Know Me First” is a celebration to being single and all that comes with it haha. I was in the studio with one of my friends who also happens to be a genius Swedish pop star, Benjamin Ingrosso. And we basically did what we always do when we write songs (we’ve wrote “Words” that’s my biggest song so far, amongst others.) I love writing with him and I think that we was at the same stage in our lives where we just wanted to write a banger club/summer tune that we could go out and have drinks to. I kind of wrote it as a tune that I would wanna listen to when I go out with my girls. And that’s we’re I came up with the idea of adding Awa and Julie Bergan to the song and really making it into a power female anthem.
I feel like you’re the type of artist that advertisers along with TV and movie studio executives will keep an eye on as your music could fit so well as a sync placement. I could see “Alone” and “Get To Know” in a movie trailer and grabbing the spotlight in turn. If you had a choice, what would be the ultimate sync placement for both “Alone” and “Get To Know Me First”?
I’m a sucker for romantic comedies so would love for them to be in any of those lol.
“ALONE” & “GET TO KNOW ME FIRST`` NXTSTYLE'S 'SONGS OF THE SUMMER'
You’ve been open about your battle with anxiety and have really preached the importance of self-care and confidence on social media. Talk about the importance of delivering these messages as someone with a platform and the purpose you want to bring to your fans through your music and beyond.
I think it’s important to show both the strong part of who you are but also the part you maybe don’t love about yourself. People are so shallow these days, I don’t wanna be one of them artists.
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Hello my darlings. Wanted to be real with you for a second. Anxiety is something I’ve struggled with my entire life. I remember when I was in school thinking the world could end at any second, sitting on a bus imagining it exploding, everyday being nervous about someone close to me is gonna die, including myself, panic attacks after panic attacks, nights of just crying cause I have a weird feeling something is gonna happen etc. Anxiety. I don’t remember a time where it hasn’t been in my life, and I’ve worked on it so much that I’m now almost friends with my anxiety which I think is a good way to think of it, cause running away from it is 100% counterproductive. U could think that this situation (corona) has fuelled my anxiety because it’s kind of one of the scenarios that I’ve been scared of was gonna happen lol and now that it has I’m actually in a place of acceptance. I’ve accepted that there’s nothing I can do right now. I’m working on myself. Working out. Reflecting a lot. My conclusion is, take this time to REFLECT and LEARN about yourself, WORK on your mental health and ACCEPT the situation. Everything is gonna get better sooner or later 💕 might as well get a little wiser on the way
When I think of all the great powerhouse Pop artist of the past 20-30 years I really feel that you have the potential of making an impact on this generation as those artists did in their time. Between your singing ability and messaging the ingredients to really connect with listeners is there. How would you describe your artistry and the direction you see your future releases going in? Are there any artists that you look up to that play an influence on your music?
Thank you, I love empowering women and people with my music and inspiring people to open up and talk more about what’s important to them. That’s what I hope I can continue to do, and obviously I would love to do a big tour so I can sing to as many people as possible. I would love to work with the artists I listen to like Mahalia, drake, summer walker, Jorja Smith etc.
With the challenges of the pandemic, has it altered your perspective on life and relationships? Do you see it influencing what you write about?
I’ve connected with myself haha. Being at home more makes me calmer and more focused on my purpose.
Of the talented artists, songwriters, and producers out there is there someone you would really love to collaborate with next?
It’s always been a dream of mine to work with Salem Al Fakir and Vincent Pontare here in Sweden. They’re very busy. But if I’m really charming they might make room for me? Other than that, I’d love to go back to London and work with all the talented people I know there.
As we head into the second half of the year what can fans expect from you for the remainder of 2020?
What are the songs or albums that you have on repeat this summer?
Brandy’s whole album, Victoria Monet’s whole album, Drake’s new.
Molly Hammar’s ‘Firsts and Favorites’
First concert: Probably one of my mum and dads concerts since they’re jazz musicians and I’ve grown up backstage.
Favorite Album: Tough question, ONE of my favs is Chance The Rapper’s “Colouring Book”.
First song you fell in love with: “Flying Without Wings” by Westlife.
Favorite Concert: Jamie Cullum in Paris.
First performance: When I was 4 yrs old with my dad.
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