Spotlight Interview with Mo Schulte
A new single from Mo Schulte is an honest and up-front track that balances a cinematic and dream pop feeling as the song brings out a more stripped-down sound that gradually builds into a beautifully powerful pop vibe.
"Could've Been" is a personal and vibrant song that takes a life situation and let it wear her heart on her sleeves but as it happens, you are able to hear the emotion and drive it all came from.
Mo has such a wonderful edge to her music that makes you want more and more with each song you actually hear.
Her vocals are soothing and let out everything she wants them to lyrically, so it's got this brutality to them that really balances with that softness of the tone.
This was a song with layers and as they get peeled back and you learn more of where shew is coming from, the song grows into string sections and beautifully orchestrated floatiness that lets you get washed away with it all.
Then, it all changes and a beat comes in, the song becomes different, it breathes heavier and then softens down to where it started once again.
This song is alive.
So you end up wanting to hear more. And upon further digging, you will be pleasantly surprised indeed.
The artist has some gems on her Spotify and each one gives you more incite to how she is able to change her pop sound each time.
With the release of "Could've Been", wanted to have a char with Mo to find out where all of this comes from and what may be next for her.
Here's what happened.
RAG: Okay so let's start with "Could've Been". This track had a cinematic pop feel to it! Where did this single come from?
This single is about a personal experience where a relationship ended before it could really begin. Sometimes being able to go through the motions of a relationship and have it end in a break up can give you closure and clarity that the relationship wasn’t right. It’s hard when you don’t know what could’ve been.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Some of my biggest musical influences are Taylor Swift, Noah Kahan, Gracie Abrams, Katelyn Tarver, and Julia Michaels. I’ve always loved lyrics and have felt connected to songs with elements of story telling. My favorite artists are ones that are songwriters at their core.
RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?
I’ve loved music since I was young. I was always singing as a child, there are videos of me as young as 2 years old singing Frere Jacques and Do-Re-Mi. I began writing my own songs when I was 6 years old. Back then, the songs weren’t very good, but I was persistent. These days songwriting has become second nature and I find myself thinking in song lyrics. I started learning music production in 2019 and I’d certainly say I’m still a rookie, but I love being able to bring my songs to life and share them with the world.
RAG: What's next for you as an artist?
This year I’m really focusing on growth. I have a song coming out of the last Friday of every month. I hope this gives me the opportunity to expand my music production skills and build an audience. I would love to make music my career someday.
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
Most of my songs are about love and relationships, and most come from personal experience. I love writing sad songs because I can express the negative emotions I’m feeling in a way that feels positive and productive.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
When I’m not working on music, I might be sewing or painting or hanging out with friends, but honestly I’m probably watching tv.
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
I am absolutely obsessed with Lizzy McApline’s new album.
RAG: Are you doing live performances?
I have a few potential live performances in the works, but nothing solid enough to announce yet.
RAG: This single seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming artists out there?
My advice is: if you want to make music, make music and share it with the world. It’s not going to be perfect at first and that’s okay, you have your whole life to improve, but don’t let your fear of imperfection prevent you getting started.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
I am so grateful for everyone who listens to and enjoys my music. What an honor. Thank you.