If you don’t know about Molly Kate Kestner – and, we’re ashamed to admit, we didn’t until recently – you could do a lot worse as a pop lover than to check out her track I Don’t Know. It’s an insanely catchy guitar-driven jam that puts her on the map, so we passed on our Upcoming Q&A to find out more…
First musical memory?
I remember being really little, too young to even write my name properly. But I would make up songs in my head, scribble them on a piece of paper & then perform them in front of all my stuffed animals.
First album you ever bought?
Bing Crosby’s Christmas Album. Which if you know me, those are two of my very favorite things.
Describe your vibe in three words (but then tell us a bit more about how I Don’t Know came along).
I’d say my musical vibe is honest, emotional & thought-provoking. “I Don’t Know” was written on a day that I decided to be really honest with myself. You see the older you get, the more you begin to realize your weaknesses. And you can ignore them, or you can strengthen them. Well, one of mine is dealing with conflict. I would much rather sweep something under the rug & say “I Don’t Know” than actually speak up and say what’s wrong. But I’m getting better at it every day. I think recognizing your weaknesses is the start of you conquering them. And writing a song about them doesn’t hurt either.
An album you would never listen to again?
I honestly don’t know. Maybe the soundtrack to Downton Abbey? I used to fall asleep to it every night and I over did it. I’d be fine never hearing that again!
Your inspirations, musical and otherwise?
Music-wise, Whitney Houston & Sara Bareilles were huge growing up. Otherwise: JULIE ANDREWS. I’ve adored her for as long as I can remember. Number one person I would love to meet.
What are your current jams?
“Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Sigrid, “Want You Back” by HAIM, and my forever jam: “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers.
Any guilty pleasures, musical or non?
Game of Thrones. That show is crazy. But I can’t help it. I am hooked.
And finally: Favourite Beyonce song?
I Care! The soul in that song plus her ridiculous range just gets me every time.