Molly McLachlan: Head of Artist Relations at 10k Projects
Introduce yourself to us! What do you do in the industry? Where are you from?
Hi! My name is Molly McLachlan, I am the Head of Artist Relations for 10k Projects and I’m from London, England.
How did you get your start in the industry, and how long have you been in the industry?
A good friend of mine, Elliot Grainge, called me up in 2017 and asked if I’d move out to LA to help him run his record label. It was a mixture of fate, timing and luck. I’ve been working in the industry for just over a year.
2. When did you know being in the business is what you wanted to do? Was there a specific moment where you were like “oh god, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life”?
I’ve always known that I wanted to work in entertainment, but I truly realized I wanted to be in music when I went to my first Trippie Redd show in London; I got goosebumps from both watching him perform in my hometown and seeing the crazy number of British fans.
3. Is there anything you struggled with (or even still do struggle with) being in the industry?
This industry is definitely not for the faint-hearted. It can easily take over your life if you don’t set boundaries. It’s definitely difficult to do your job effectively and find time to look after yourself. If I’m lucky enough to find time to take a vacation, I will try to shut off my phone in order to maintain a sense of sanity.
4. What is the best part of your job? Why?
I love seeing our artists succeed. Whether it’s in album sales, sold-out shows, or even magazine covers, when the artists are achieving their dream, there’s simply no better feeling.
5. Is there someone who you consider as your mentor in the industry?
I would definitely say that Jacqueline Saturn, President of Caroline, has been a huge inspiration for me. She is an amazing mother, leader and role model to all the young women in this business. If I ever become even half the woman she is today, I will be content with life.
6. What advice do you have for women who want to get their start in the music industry?
Be confident and learn. Get out there and meet people who can teach you about the business. Learn as much as you possibly can because this business is constantly evolving and there’s always something to learn.
7. Have you ever been turned down or not taken seriously because you were a female in the industry?
I learnt very early on that as a young woman, you have to demand respect from everyone, whether it be from your colleagues, artists, or even superiors.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
If there’s anything I’ve learnt, it’s that life can do a 180 very quickly. I am extremely ambitious and I definitely want to grow and learn, but I don’t want to limit my horizons because anything can happen.
9. What are some of your other hobbies? What do you do in your free time (which we know can be very hard to find)?
10. Who is your all-time favorite artist?
Sam Smith. He is an angel.
11. What is something you can't live without?
Donuts. Everyone knows that.
12. Go-to Karaoke song?
‘Where Is The Love?’ by The Black Eyed Peas. No question.
13. Tea or Coffee?
Coffee. Can’t live without it.
14. First concert you went to?
The Spice Girls. It was everything.
15. What’s something that you always have on you?
Headphones. Even when I go out I bring them with me. Not sure why if I’m honest…
16. Who is your dream artist or band work with?
That’s a tough question because I love the artists I work with and they’re all a dream in their own way.
17. You’ve travelled a lot, is there somewhere you haven’t been you would like to?
I would love to explore Asia a bit more, namely Japan, Singapore, and Bali.
18. Did you always know you wanted to do artist relations?
No, I definitely wouldn’t have predicted this. I’m lucky in that I was able to tailor my role to work with my strengths.
19. What is the craziest memory you have with one of your artists?
In February 2018, I took Trippie to a well-known department store in London and people started gathering to take pictures with him. It’s crazy to see an artist’s international presence materialize at such an early point in their career.
20. How often do you get to travel?
I’m usually jetting off somewhere once every couple of months.
21. Is there a saying you tell yourself if you get stressed?
‘Take it day-by-day’ - works wonders.