Need some new tunes to add to your playlist? Mallrat has got you covered. The 19-year-old artist originally from Brisbane, Australia is gearing up to drop her second new EP, titled “In The Sky,” on June 1. The performer has a penchant for blending hip hop rhymes with folk sounds and a touch of bubblegum pop, resulting in a sound that’s distinctly all her own. To celebrate her upcoming music release, Richard Magazine caught up with the singer-songwriter to hear all about her style – and the sounds that influence her. You can catch our exclusive Q&A interview below.
Richard Magazine: Do you remember who or what first sparked your interest in music?
Mallrat: I’ve always loved music, but an Australian rapper called Allday was the one that inspired me to start writing!
Richard Magazine: How would you describe your music, from your sound to your messages?
Mallrat: I never mean to preach messages, I just try to make people feel something.
Richard Magazine: What do you hope will stick with listeners the most from your new EP?
Mallrat: Hopefully the songs remind people of something or somebody.
Richard Magazine: Where are some places that you find inspiration?
Mallrat: Public transport, children’s books, and in nature.
Richard Magazine: How would you describe your personal style?
Mallrat: I love the nineties! And I love thrifting big old tatty things and weird accessories. As much as I love and appreciate high fashion and independent designers, I don’t feel like myself when I’m wearing new or expensive clothes. I’m not too sure why and I hope I grow out of that.
Richard Magazine: What would you say is the most-worn garment or accessory in your wardrobe?
Mallrat: My platform Docs!
Richard Magazine: What are three dream pieces you’d love to have in your wardrobe?
Mallrat: Adidas x Raf Simons Ozweego II Bunny, Winona Rider’s dinosaur suitcase, Vetements oversized Unicorn hoodie.
Richard Magazine: Would you say your music affects the way you dress?
Mallrat: Not really! I think my music and my dress sense are just reflections of my mood and what I like at a particular time. I have a very eclectic taste; some days I wear super girly dresses and other days I wear a big hoodie with pants and stompy boots. Similarly, some days I write folky love songs and other days I make super dark hip hop beats on Ableton.
Richard Magazine: What’s a trend you are absolutely loving right now?
Mallrat: Wide leg pants!
Richard Magazine: On the other hand, what’s a trend you wish would go away?
Mallrat: I don’t hate any trends, I just hope that people don’t waste money on trendy things that don’t make them feel confident.
Richard Magazine: What are the three most-played songs on your playlist right now?
Mallrat: “Step” – Vampire Weekend, “Womp Womp” – Valee,” No Tears Left To Cry” – Ariana Grande
Richard Magazine: Where are some causes or topics that you are passionate about?
Mallrat: I’d encourage people to try substituting meat and dairy with vegan alternatives when they can! It’s easier than it seems and really great for your body and the environment.