Mother May I consists of Molly Zahn (vocals, age 11), Lauren Krueger (bass, age 11), Katie Osborn (guitar, age 17), and Alyssa Collins (drums, 16). They formed last summer at the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls. This interview with Molly Zahn was conducted by Katie Shimer's younger sister, Anna Morkin, who is 14 and an eighth grader.
What grade are you in?
What kind of music do you play?
Alternative rock and roll, pop, that kind of stuff.
Do you get nervous when you play in front of a crowd?
It depends. I get nervous when I don't have a song down. But when I've gone over it 3 million times, I feel okay. If I mess up, it's not the end of the world.
Was it harder or easier to get noticed being so young?
We have a lot of gigs lined up. I'm not sure if it's harder or easier. I don't think it depends on age, but talent.
Do you write the lyrics?
We do covers, like Bob Marley's "Stir it Up." But sometime I write lyrics.
Do you think the image of girls in rock is discriminatory? Do girls have to be beautiful to get famous?
I think that it doesn't really matter. A lot of people think girls can't rock or that they have to be beautiful. I think we're putting a different message out there. It's funny, though, that my first concert was Spice Girls.
You're the vocalist--Do you sing in a choir or take voice lessons?
I just did a contest last weekend where my voice is being rated, but I haven't gotten my rating back yet. I use my chest voice a lot and my music teacher helps me use my head voice. Other than that, I haven't had voice lessons. I think I was just born talented.
Is being in a band a positive experience?
Thinking about band practice, I'm like, "bummer," even though it's fun when I get there.
Do you want to be a big famous rock band? Or do you want to stay local?
I think it would be really fun to be famous, but once you make it to the top, all of a sudden people might be making fun of you or saying how they can't stand you when they don't even know you. But if I stay underground, I'll just be playing in little nightclubs.
Are you more popular since you're in a band?
I've always been pretty popular, not because I have hip clothes or cool hair, but because I'm nice to everyone. I've been in the position where people say, "Look at that retard," and I don't want people to feel like that. I don't go around saying I'm in a band--my mom does that, so I'm not bragging.
What TV shows have you been on?
I was on Sally Jesse Raphael. It was the "talented kids" episode--there was a boy band, and a five-year-old rapper. I thought it was cool to be on TV. Not to badmouth Sally, but the stage people were really rude, and the judges were rude. They said they'd give us lunch and then they asked for money to get it for us. It ended up being a delivery guy, and we had to pay ourselves. We didn't get our hotel room until two in the morning, and it was so gross. It was like The Shining. When I was on the show and when I was in my room, I was like, "I can't wait to get out of here." I guess that's just how some people are, and if I want to be on TV I'm going to have to deal with those people. It's understandable why people are rude sometimes--sometimes they're insecure and sometimes they're just tired.