This interview took place prior to the release of Allison Mahal’s “Immortalize” which you can stream here.

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Milwaukee’s Allison Mahal. Together we discussed the role music played in their life growing up, their song “Autopilot”, their newest release “Immortalize”, and much more!

1. Mustard is thankful to have you join them at Music Shelf. How are you?

I am well–thanks for asking! I’m looking forward to hibernating this winter, eating lots of pasta, and writing my next album. I love this time of year. Everyone seems to collectively slow down, reflect and unwind. 

2. What role did music play in your life growing up?

Whether it was listening to the mix CDs that my dad made for my sister and me, or noodling around on my childhood piano, music has always been an essential part of my life. Early on, my mom encouraged me to sign up for every school talent show and local competition, which, looking back, were some of the most formative as a performer. Through trial and error, I learned how to connect with an audience and move on stage. I figured out what worked and what didn’t. Every performance became a little less intimidating, and eventually, I wanted to get on stage any chance I could.

3. What song (or album) had a significant impact on you?

Brandi Carlile’s album Give Up The Ghost was my first love as a songwriter. I still go back to that album for inspiration or when I need a good cry.

4. You graduated with a music business degree from Belmont University. How important is proper communication between artists with journalists, managers, and their fellow bandmates?

My day job is in music publicity, so I am reminded every day of how important communication is 😉

5. You’re tasked to write a song about the last item you considered buying on Facebook Marketplace. What is that song about?

A rug for my living room. That song is about how gross the rugs are on Facebook Marketplace.

6. You’re at your best when you block out the BS. What are some ways you block out the noise?

Spending time with my family, walking my dog, bowling with my boyfriend, writing songs in my car, experimenting with pasta recipes, writing lists of my goals, writing lists of what I have already accomplished and what I’m grateful for, talking with my creative friends about our shared struggles and aspirations, etc.

7. In 2018 you released “Little Blue.” What was the inspiration behind this single?

A melodramatic situationship!

8. Consequences of Sound described your latest single “Autopilot” as “quietly devastating.” Could you share more about this single?

I wrote “Autopilot” when I was in a mental rut. I didn’t feel like my old self anymore, and I didn’t know who I was becoming either. I was a bit bitter and also very nostalgic. I was aimlessly grasping at the past, and I wasn’t doing a lot of constructive work to better myself. I’m so proud of myself for writing this song though. It’s probably my most honest work yet. 

Also, I want to give a shout-out to my producer and friend Sam Roller, who really brought this song to life. I vividly remember playing the song for him in his tiny home studio in Nashville, and I felt like he understood the assignment from the first listen. A big shout-out to Van Isaacson who co-produced this song and added his magic. Sam and Van (aka Lovegrove Studios) are the dream team!

9. You recently opened up for Molly Murphy in NYC. For those who have never seen Allison Mahal perform before, what kind of show can they expect? How does it feel to perform a part of Molly Murphy’s EP release show?

You can expect some fun profanity, sometimes an ABBA cover, harmonies, and lots of songs about being lost in my 20s. I was SO honored to open up for Molly’s release show!! It was my first venue show in NYC (shout-out to Heaven Can Wait), and it was a BLAST! Molly’s new EP is brilliant & everyone should check it out today. My friends at Lovegrove Studios produced it, and they also produced my debut album, Not Over This Yet, which is set to release next May! 

10. Your next single “Immortalize” comes out December 1st. Could you share a preview of what fans can expect from this single?

Fans can expect to be swooned! It’s romantic, and it will (hopefully) make you want to scream “I love you” to somebody. 

11. Where can readers listen to your music?

All streaming platforms under Allison Mahal! Also, follow me on TikTok please!! Lots of cute dog content.

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