For the last Teacher Feature of the year (marking the 10-Year Anniversary of Molly’s Music!) we thought it would be appropriate to interview Molly G, our beloved voice, guitar, piano, OC Glee, and songwriting teacher and also one of the first students Molly W ever taught when she opened her business in Costa Mesa. Molly G’s taste in music is expansive, and simply to know her is to expand your own taste in music. She’s one of our most popular teachers because she’s young enough to relate well to kids but accomplished enough that she has plenty of knowledge to pass to her students. A performer herself, she knows the ins and outs of the Orange County music scene and is a great mentor to teenagers looking to get into performing. Students love her for her calm, nurturing personality, the creative flair she adds to every song she arranges, and the wealth of information she knows about all things contemporary music. Enjoy the interview!
MM: Let’s start with which instruments you play, how you got started with each one, and how long you’ve been playing them.
MG: My main instrument is guitar. As long as I can remember, I’ve had a fascination with it. As a child, I grew up listening to classic rock, and would spend many hours rocking out on air guitar in my room. At a certain point, I decided to trade in my air guitar for an acoustic, and I haven’t looked back since. That was 11 years ago. Singing was a natural progression after learning guitar. I wanted to sing with the music I was playing, so I started singing about a year after starting my guitar lessons. Eventually, I wanted to be a better singer, so I started looking around for a voice teacher. I made the right choice—Molly Webb!
MM: Who has inspired you musically?
MG: I have many influences from various genres of music: Brandon Boyd (of “Incubus”), Neil Young, Fiona Apple, and Jeff Buckley, are just a few.
MM: Tell me about your current music projects, about your band, and where you’ve been performing.
MG: I’m currently in a rock band called “Electric Mistress.” Though we’re still a new band, we’ve slowly been getting more and more shows under our belt. So far, we’ve only been playing shows at bars (sorry, kids), but we’re looking to book a wider variety of events and move to larger venues, like the House of Blues.
MM: What advice would you give to students trying to get into performing music? What steps would you suggest taking?
MG: I think the most important step to make is to sign up for that first open mic, or plan that first performance. I feel like we make the greatest strides when we set goals for ourselves that are outside of our comfort zones. It pushes us to practice, build confidence, and rise to the occasion. The trick is to never stop creating bigger goals for yourself.
MM: Is there anything you wish people had told you about the music world when you were younger that you’ve figured out since then.
MG: Probably that once you start performing, it then becomes all about the audience. If you go on-stage and you’re still performing like you’re in your room at home, or in a studio, you’re not going to engage the audience. You have to make your music all about the audience, and project your voice and music to the last row in the room.
MM: Do you have a favorite genre of music? Do you have a favorite to teach?
MG: I can’t say that there’s one specific genre that’s my favorite. I gravitate toward a lot of different sounds—Soul, R&B, Folk, Rock, and Hip-Hop, to name a few. I enjoy teaching pop/R&B and classic rock the most though.
MM: How do you balance teaching, working on your own music, and working toward other life goals?
MG: I’m very lucky because music constitutes all of the three areas mentioned. Because of that, I think I’ve achieved a natural balance.
MM: If you were stranded on an island and only got to have one album with you, which would you choose?
MG: If I were stranded on an island and could only have one album with me, I would have to choose “Grace,” by Jeff Buckley. I love the raw emotional quality of his music.