This Mallrat will not be trapped.
Grace Shaw, the precocious Australian expertise referred to as Mallrat to her rising legion of followers, is many issues. A feminist and a vegan with a eager eye for a thrift store cut price, a self-taught producer, award-winning songwriter, a recording artist.
You get a way the 20-year-old from Brisbane is simply getting began. And with the discharge of a brand new EP Driving Music, out final Friday by way of Nettwerk, and a north America tour kicking off within the days forward, Mallrat has enormous ambitions.
“My dream is to work with Kanye, he’s my favourite,” she tells Billboard. “I’d like to write or produce some songs for other artists. More than anything right now I’m just pleased for this EP to be out in the world and for people to hear it.”
Mallrat has already lived the dream. She toured with Publish Malone in Australia final yr, and Maggie Rogers in Europe. She hangs out with Mark Ronson and calls Allday her roomie when she lives in Los Angeles.
A passionate songwriter, Mallrat final yr gained a coveted Vanda & Younger Songwriting Competitors award within the “unpublished” class, for the music “Better”. One other music from In The Sky EP, 2018’s “Groceries,” earned the Aussie the “next big thing” tag and a heat reception from a slew of critics.
“I love (songwriting) so much. It’s so rewarding,” she enthuses. “Just the feeling when you leave the studio and you’ve made something you like, and in the car you just listen to the song over and over again. That is the best feeling in the world.”
Driving Music is six tracks of honesty with hues of nostalgia, all wrapped round heat melodies. Its highlights embody “When I Get My Braces Off,” a present to her youthful sister; “Drive Me Round,” Mallrat’s so-called “baby,” her first music produced with none assist; and the one “Charlie,” a bit about all the great issues in life, with a correct bounce in its step.
Mallrat’s maturing and she or he’s in an awesome place. “I feel like I’ve figured out how to use my voice, whereas before I was just singing but I didn’t feel that confident in my voice. I think I’ve figured it out a little bit more now and become better at production and figured out some subtleties in songwriting. I’m growing in lots of different ways.”
Mallrat kicks off her tour of the U.S. and Canada with Allday on Sept. 18 at Chicago’s Subterranean.
Stream Driving Music beneath.