An Interview With Mandolynne
New to the scene, Toronto native Mandolynne is already making waves with her fresh single "The Pines".
With a sultry and slightly brooding musical style, "The Pines" is an outstanding debut from the young artist and beautifully combines Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds with Mazzy Star and sprinkles some PJ Harvey on top to boot.
This track gives off a visual aspect as it plays through and you become engulfed in her singing while guitars swim around her.
Then, suddenly, things pick right up and build into a dream-rock epic.
With a track so in depth and dripping with enticing sounds we had to have a chat with her to find out more and what's to come next.
TSWS: So Mandoylnne, "The Pines" has a great spaciness to it and even feels cinematic at
times. Where did this song come from?
Mandolynne: This song is about facing your demons, stepping into your power and learning to let
go. I wanted this song to be representative of my emotional journey, so I came up with
an arrangement and vibe that showcased that.
TSWS: This is a brand new single and you already have followers and fans growing by the
day! Is there advice you'd give to other aspiring artists out there?
Mandolynne: Yes! My biggest piece of advice is to do your research and reach out to people who are
doing it if you're stumped on something! This industry is ever-changing, and there is so
much to learn in terms of business, marketing, analytics, promo, etc. You can't possibly
know everything right off the hop, and there's no shame in that!
Secondly, and this is probably the most important. Surround yourself with positive,
encouraging and genuine people. A solid support system is essential and is going to
help you when things get real.
I'm at the very beginning stages of my career, and it's already been a ride!
That being said, I’ve been fortunate to have a really solid producer and some
incredible musicians in my corner to help me navigate this process. I've also had some
really amazing fellow artists reach out to me and offer advice. You know who you are
and know I appreciate you.
Lastly, put in the time, put in the time, put in the time. You will never regret this
because it will eventually be worthwhile. Oh, and be a good person! That's number
TSWS: How did all this start for you?
Mandolynne: Well, I've always loved to write. I've been writing since I could pick up a pen. I used it
throughout my childhood as a release but never really took it too seriously.
Truthfully, I've had a pretty coloured past and never really felt like pursuing music was
something I'd ever be capable of. Also, quite honestly, before the age of 24, I wouldn't
have been in a place mentally to pursue it anyway.
At 24, I made a conscious decision that I was going to try to get into music school. I
think my partner at the time thought I was insane, and hey, maybe I was. So, I took
some online songwriting classes, took a few months of vocal lessons and then
auditioned at a few schools. To my surprise, a couple of them actually accepted me. I
then settled on Metal Works Institute, where I spent the next 3 years. Boy, was that a
learning curve! I literally knew zip going in and left with a wealth of knowledge. I will,
however, forever be learning.
While in the program, I met some really amazing people and started a little Alt band
called Lady Indigo with some schoolmates. I will forever be grateful for that period of
my life, the music we created, and the time we shared. We're all off pursuing our own
creative projects now, and I'm really excited about my former bandmates' creative
TSWS: I'm hearing some different influences in this track.Tell us what your top 5 artists
are. Who changed your life musically?
Mandolynne: Ahhhhh, this is such a challenging question for me. I listen to everything. However, if I
have to pick, my top 5 artists who inspired me are as follows:
Radiohead, Cat Power, Metric, Placebo, and Arcade Fire.
I'm going to say Radiohead. I have to say that they were the first band that really
opened up my mind as a young listener. I remember listening to them and being taken
to another place. Their music was unlike anything I had heard before. It truthfully just
hit me differently than anything I had previously been exposed to. I actually had the
privilege of seeing them a few years ago and it was an absolute dream!
TSWS: So how do you record your songs? Is it a home set up? Did you go to a studio or
have a producer work with you?
Mandolynne: Yeah! I worked with a really incredible producer, Alfio Annibalini! We worked together,
pre-pandemic, and then I recorded at home. My home set up is as follows; KRK
Speakers, Rhode Mic (taped to the stand), a Universal Audio Apollo Twin interface, and
TSWS: What's next for you? Working on anything new?
I am! Expect music soon!
TSWS: Your look is rad! Was this always a part of your aesthetic as an artist?
Mandolynn: Oh, wow, thank you!
I've always had a dark/wild streak, and I've always loved to play with different looks. I'm
also continually reinventing myself. Lately, I've definitely been stepping more into my
power, and I've been exploring looks that make me feel badass, haha. Is badass a
style? Anyway, I think we all deserve to feel badass; life is too short not to.
TSWS: Before we go, is there anything you'd like to say to fans of your music?
Mandolynne: Well, I don't know how many of you exist out there! But, for those of you who are
diggin' the music, thank you. Whenever I receive a message letting me know that the
song has resonated with them, it fills me with so much freakin' joy I can't even begin to
tell you. Please keep listening, and please keep reaching out. I love hearing from you!