I recently had the pleasure to do an interview with Samantha Stevens from The Littlest Voice who is a Canadian Music Writer. This was my very first Mullen Interview and I’ll be honest, I was a little overwhelmed and didn’t feel very well prepared when Samantha approached me via my Twitter account @MullenOfficial
Fortunately I had sometime to get myself together before receiving the interview and Samantha gave me plenty of time to to answer. It was a pretty long interview with questions ranging from my background, my goals, the Mullen music content / themes and a really good insight into my life. You can view the interview on the official website of The Littlest Voice, but I thought I’d post some highlights below!
Highlights Mullen Interview with Samantha Stevens from The Littlest Voice – July 26, 2016
Q. What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
Andrew: As I kid I spent a lot of time pretending to play guitar with a tennis racquet. I probably started to notice that there aren’t any tennis racquet musicians out there, and decided I’d better do it properly. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a respected musician.
Q. For those who have never seen or heard your music before, how would you describe your music for the public audience?
Andrew: This is a musician’s most dreaded question. We’re all unique right? Ha! You would put me on the same playlist as Queens of the Stone Age or Biffy Clyro. I love devilish guitar riffs, and I’m sick of boring whimsical music. One of the greatest asset to a band is their drummer, so you can expect to hear lots of guitar riffs over rock beats. I try to keep my melodies catchy so there is an aspect of Motown vs. Stone Temple Pilots that comes through in my songs.
Q. What are your songs about and what general themes do they talk about?
Andrew: My songs touch social and political themes such as addiction, mental health, marriage equality, refugees, war and of course I don’t mind taking a swing at politicians.
Q. Why do you choose to focus on these themes?
Andrew: They are all close to my heart in someway. I am passionate about engaging with people to help them understand more about these topics. I feel that everyone has a responsibility to make the world a place that is fair and equal, and the best way I can achieve this is through music.
Q. Are there any stories surrounding your songs that you’d care to share?
Andrew: I have suffered from substance abuse and I have been horrified to learn how unprepared we are as a modern society to deal with addiction. This is also true for mental health and race/sexual equality. I have a song called ‘The Devil is Innocent’, which talks about how quickly society is to judge someone as a ‘problem’ just because they are different. This is applicable to each of the scenarios I’ve mentioned. I mean, it wasn’t that long ago that we were locking women up in an asylum because they had post natal depression – not to mention post natal depression in men which is a myth to society.
Read the whole thing on the The Littlest Voice website.