Molly June was the only solo female artist from Indianapolis to perform at Chreece. She took the stage with her face painted as a macabre skull and shocked the audience with her talents.
Ke’ondris was on stage just before her performance and was in the hall talking about his music when he started to hear her.
“Damn, you hear that? She’s hella good! Light skin or dark skin? For real, I bet she is light-skinned,” Ke’ondris joked.
To his surprise, she was white. June performs both acoustic music and hip-hop. She is currently looking to expand her musical range even further by moving to metal.
We caught up with Molly the day after Chreece with a phone interview.
What part of Indianapolis are you from?
I went to high school at Lawrence Central. Born and raised here!
What kind of reaction do you get as a white female rapper?
People are normally pretty shocked when they hear me perform my hip-hop music. It’s funny to watch some people’s reactions. I hope to change that. I think that with our culture we tend to categorize people. We try to figure everyone out, but there’s so much more to everybody that we don’t know. By doing hip-hop I hope to show that people aren’t what you think they are. I’m hoping that with my music people will open their minds a little bit and females in this area will start doing music a little more or at least find themselves. People might be holding themselves back because of social norms. I want people to break that mold and be different, be themselves, be authentic.
How long have you been making music?
Professionally, I’ve been a recording artist for four years, but I’ve been making it since I was little. I played piano and guitar with local kids. It wasn’t until high school that I was at a party, and I decided to freestyle. People liked it, so I started writing to Lil’ Wayne beats, and next thing I know I’m in the studio.
You don’t just do hip hop you do softer acoustic music as well…
Yes! I do a little EDM vocals, and I’m hoping to get into metal here shortly. I would love to be featured on a hardcore song--that’s my goal. That range in genre was part of Chreece and fans supported all parts yesterday. All walks of life were in Fountain Square. It was cool to see all types of people coming together.
What did Chreece mean to you?
That there is support locally and there are artists locally. I hear a lot of people say that there’s no music scene here or that Indy sucks or whatever, but Chreece showed me that isn’t true. There were so many fans and people in the industry, and it was really nice to see the connection of everyone together. It made me feel special to be part of it, because I was one of the few female artists. There was me and one other girl, and...it meant that we were just as equal and we can be in the lineup too. I was at Joyful Noise, and I had a good crowd come out. I felt that I was a part of the culture, and I didn’t have to fight for it. Trust me, I’ve struggled with people just assuming that I’m going to be wack just because of how I look. It was really cool to see people vibing off of what I was doing. You could see on everyone’s faces the look of dang, this is really happening.
What’s next for you?
I’ll be at Leak Music Monday. It’s for a bunch of hip-hop artists, and it’s an open mic. You can win $500 in cash and a magazine ad and a photoshoot and all this awesome stuff. It’s Sept. 14. It’s at 2820 West 71st Street at 10 p.m. My fans can come out and vote for my music to win, so by coming out and supporting this show they can help me continue what I’m trying to do by winning these prizes.
Twitter: @mollyjunemusic, Instagram: @mollyjunemusic
Upcoming show: September 14th at 2820 West 71st Street