We’re sure Molly Svrcina, a.k.a. as only Svrcina, is sick of the age angle. Maybe not. It’s hard to start anywhere else when an artist gets such an early start in the music business. In this instance, a publishing deal at the age of 13.
Svrcina’s family did what a family does with such a rare opportunity: they moved to Nashville. Since then, she’s been writing songs with others and for her own work, and now at the age of 19, she’s ready to release a brand new EP. Even after six years, she’s still one of Nashville’s youngest and brightest. Check out her cinematic pop and read on for the story of a blossoming young artist.
Stereo Subversion: You live in Nashville now but you’re from the Midwest, so was that a musical move for you?
Molly Svrcina: A publishing opportunity came up when I was 13. The door opened up and so we said that if it’s the Lord’s will that we’re supposed to go, then our house is going to sell. The market was really bad and we were in the middle of that economic downturn. Of course, you being from the Midwest, you know that that region got hit really, really hard. But our house ended up selling almost immediately, which was a miracle. So, we’ve just been saying, ‘Thank you!’ So we just absolutely love it here now. It’s been crazy.
SSv: So, you said, a publishing deal at 13. How long ago was that?
Molly: Well, I’m 19 now, so that was six years ago.
SSv: Wow. So you’re still super young.
SSv: Do you feel more mature in some ways, given the experiences that you’ve had compared to some of your peers or others?
Molly: I’ve definitely had quite the opportunity to learn a lot, to learn fast. I’ve had to grow up fairly quickly. I’ve got one more year as a teenager. I guess I got thrown into working with adults pretty early on, but I really do love it. I wouldn’t change anything about it. It really has been wonderful learning all this. I got a little bit of the high school experience. I ended up finishing online. Now are you a musician as well?
SSv: No, all on the writing side for me. I can appreciate, but not imitate. In terms of the new EP, are these songs you wrote for this project in a season or are they culled from a long period over time?
Molly: That’s a good question. I’d have to say that it’s more a mixed bag. A lot of it was about honing in the message about what I’m trying to deliver, the music and production aspect. As far as the writing process, there were a couple songs that have just been resonating with me over the last three years or so that I’d already written. There were also a couple of songs that we wanted to write for the project that were consistent with the themes that we presented, and some of the stuff that I’d written a few years prior. So, it’s probably 65-35%, from songs I’ve written before and songs for the project.
SSv: Did you just sign a new label deal?
Molly: Not a new label, but I did do it with publishing. I signed with an offshoot of Kobalt Music, called Compass. Compass is Becki DeVries and Dennis Matkosky. I’m just so excited to be working with them. I really respect them a whole lot. It’s a new partnership. It’s very fresh. But, it’s really exciting.
SSv: Given your experience, you have been around for a long while, you’ve probably experienced a few different things. What in particular are the hopes for this development?
Molly: In addition to writing other artist’s material. I’ve had a couple years to develop my feel as a writer. And, of course, I will never stop learning and hopefully getting better instead of getting worse! [Laughs] But, I would love to start getting some placements with some other artists, placements with film and television. I know that the Kompass team has a really strong department in those areas, so the goal is to maximize my strengths as an artist and a writer outside of something that I’m singing.
SSv: I’ve seen these references to “cinematic pop,” which I think is really just a way of labelling things. Certainly, the songs have that strong, emotional pull to them. Is that indicative of your own listening taste?
Molly: It is. I don’t know why, but I have purchased several soundtracks in their entirety and I will listen to them when I’m working out or I’m just living life, because it makes my life so much more majestic. [Laughs] I love it. It’s really inspirational. I hope those elements in my music inspire people. So, for sure, it’s a huge part of my listening taste. Most certainly.
SSv: I’d love to hear what’s coming up for you. Do you have a good idea after the release, what’s coming up?
Molly: I’m starting to take more trips out to L.A. for writing with the publishing company. Right now the focus is still really on the creative end, even beyond my own artist material. So I know that I’ll be traveling more and working through writing. As far as touring, we’re not quite shooting for a tour yet, but we’re taking one day at a time and seeing where we go with it.
SSv: One last one. What’s the worst pronunciation you’ve ever heard of “Svrcina”?
Molly: That is a great question. I couldn’t even tell you. Sometimes we get mail and they’ve added extra consonants to the name. I’ve seen some Z’s in there, and a couple extra X’s and all kinds of things. But as far as pronunciation, some people say like ‘Sih-Ver-Sina.’ It’s unfortunate. I feel bad. It doesn’t help that there are all kinds of consonants. So, I try to put the phonetics under my name. [Laughs]