The Brink: Mullally
“I think music is a universal language. Doesn’t matter if you’re English, French, African or a Martian; we all understand the emotion that music conveys…”
He believes music is a way of telling a complete stranger exactly how he is feeling on a particular subject matter or event. 19 year old Mullally originating from Norfolk, believes music is “…all about the movement of emotion…”
It all began at the age of 16 where Mullally first picked up a guitar and joined a band with three of his friends. Recording and writing music regularly was not only a form of release for these lads but also a great bonding experience. It would be two years later that Mullally would decide to venture on this musical journey alone where he would be able to share a sound that he has described as “…zesty, edgy neo-soul”.
Mullally has created this sound from taking inspiration from not only soulful greats such as; Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison and Amy Winehouse but also those who created/drew inspiration from Reggae music – Bob Marley, The Police and The Specials. Certain messages are also important to this burgeoning artist when it comes to the reasoning behind why he creates music,
“…I think honesty is really important. I’m just a kid that loves soul music and that’s all I’ll ever try to be.”
“I really like exploring concepts, it’s a really cool way of discovering your artistry… so I wanted to mess around with the concepts of lust and addiction and how the boundaries can blur so easily.”
‘Overdose’ – Mullally’s first official release is the exact definition of the sound he chooses to depict through his music. It’s soulful, yet it’s current; you are presented with an artist that is relatively still in his teens but somehow manages to connect with ‘older souls’ as well as those his age. Often overshadowed by the immense talent that surrounds London one tends to forget that outside of that ‘bubble’ there lies even more talent – talent in the shape and form of 19 year old Mullally.
Completing his musical journey would see Mullally performing at the infamous ‘Pyramid Stage’ over at Glastonbury –
“If I can play there one day I will feel fully accomplished. That is my ultimate goal. I don’t care if there’s only 12 people in the audience and it’s snowing, if I play there one day I will be a happy guy.”
There must be no greater feeling to an artist than to perform their most intimate anecdotes to a receptive crowd. To witness their lyrics evoking some kind of emotion within a person they know nothing about must be an experience that no words can describe – an accomplishment in itself.
Above all else Mullally’s ultimate goal is to be an artist that is “…determined to get to where he wants to be.”
Words: Fiona Frimpong