Following the release of her new single “R.I.P.”, we had a chance to catch up with the talented Marlhy. At only 18 years old, Marlhy is already a seasoned vocalist, guitarist, pianist and drummer. She has collaborated with some of the industry’s best producers, including Alex Delicata (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lil Wayne), Mike Molina (John Legend, Rick Ross, Young Thug) and Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens). Check out what Marlhy had to say below!
BTS: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it yet?
Marlhy: Genre wise, my music changes with whatever story I’m telling at that moment. However, I’m really particular about rhythm in my songs. Since I started in music as a drummer, I love lots of drums and 808s, and enjoy creating rhythmic melodies that flow with the groove.
BTS: At only 18 years old, you’ve already put together an impressive body of work – have you had any mentors along the way that have helped you grow as an artist?
Marlhy: I’ve been really fortunate to be able to have people in the industry that have believed in me and supported my growth as a musician and artist. I’ve also had lots of teachers along the way that have helped me to be open to new ideas and genres and have pushed me to grow overall as a musician.
BTS: As a seasoned drummer, guitarist, pianist and vocalist, are there any other instruments that you’ve been wanting to learn?
Marlhy: I have a banjo that I’ve really been wanting to learn to play, but I think I lost all of my banjo picks within the first week of buying it. I want to spend more time on the flute as well, I only know the theme songs for Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter.
BTS: Is there a time or space that you feel you create your best work in?
Marlhy: For me, I feel like I create my best work when I’m comfortable. I’ve been able to work in amazing studios as well as homes, but it really depends on the other people in the room. As long as I have my favorite people to collaborate with and a big cup of coffee I don’t need to be anywhere in particular.
BTS: You have a new single “R.I.P.”, do you want to talk a bit about the inspiration behind that track?
Marlhy: The day we wrote R.I.P., I had recently gotten out of my first bad breakup after a rough relationship. I knew I made the right choice by getting that person out of my life, but the second something’s gone, it’s easy to forget about all the things that made you leave and focus on the good times instead. I hated feeling like I had made a mistake, and wanted to help others not have to go through that. So, R.I.P. is a song for anyone who needs to cut ties with toxic people in their life. I want this song to be a reminder that you’re not alone, you’re gonna get through it, and you’ll be better off in the end.
BTS: After working with the DJ pluko on your track “feelings”, are there any other genres that you’re interested in working in?
Marlhy: I love music as a whole, so any opportunity to experiment in new genres of any kind is an exciting challenge for me. But if I had to choose one, I love telling stories, so I feel like I would really enjoy writing a country song.
BTS: Any artists or songs that you’ve been digging lately?
Marlhy: My top 5 artists at the moment are Amy Winehouse, 6LACK, H.E.R., Ella Fitzgerald, and Alton Ellis.
BTS: What’s next for Marlhy?
Marlhy: I’ve got lots of new music coming. Other than that, I honestly take it day by day. I’ve learned that I’m happiest when I set goals to fight for, and really think through the opportunities that come my way. I do have an EP ready to go, just waiting for the right moment. “R.I.P.” is the first single off of the project.
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