Watch TikTok star Mothica deliver potent stripped-down version of breakout hit 'Vices'
Check out Oklahoma native and singer-songwriter Mothica delivering a stripped-down version of her breakout hit "VICES" that's every bit as potent as the original.
In a recent interview, the Los Angeles-based musician and visual artist also known as McKenzie Ellis she wrote the confessional song two months into her efforts to get sober. It is about a chaotic period when she replaced drinking with a merry-go-round of other vices.
"A lot of people reached out that have also been either wanting to get sober or are sober. But the cool thing is there's been a lot of people that reached out that don't struggle with addiction but related to the lyrics because of some other mental illness they might have. I know that BPD (bipolar disorder) came up a lot, that people felt like they related to the song. I don't experience that, but people can channel my lyrics and relate it to their experience," she said in our interview.
"I think that's the amazing thing is that everyone interprets things differently."
As previously reported,"VICES" is from Mothica's debut LP "Blue Hour," which she released in August. Catchy, urgent and honest, the 12 songs on "Blue Hour" chronicle Ellis' journey toward sobriety.
"I've always been kind of an oversharer, so I think writing music is one of the ways that I can be truly vulnerable, especially with this album. A lot of it is about me getting sober for the first time, and I was kind of scared to talk about that because I didn't want to alienate people that haven't experienced anything like that. But I feel like the songs kind of came out of me, and a lot of them aren't the happiest sounding lyrics," she said.
"I would say writing songs for me is very cathartic, and usually my easy songs to write are from a really intense emotion, whether that's kind of like anger or sadness. It's like a burst of energy I put into a song, and then listening back, if I like it, it feels like I got that emotion out."
Although she relocated from New York to Los Angeles last fall to pursue her music career, Ellis moved back with her parents in Oklahoma City when the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. in spring.
"I was frustrated at the lack of music I was making. I'm used to being in a studio in person with people, and I had a tour that got canceled. So, it kind of turned to making little videos about not just music but about my personality or funny things. So, TikTok has become an outlet for me beyond just music, and it's been great," she said.
In June, she posted a TikTok video that depicted her listening to the masters of her upcoming album, specifically to the master for "VICES," while crying in her car. Within days, the video garnered more than 3 million views, and people from all over the world encouraged her to release the song, prompting her to rush to drop "VICES" a month early.
In four days, the infectious song reached 1 million plays on Spotify and charted with iTunes and Billboard.
"I think it's what I needed to write, and it's definitely kind of a somber album overall. But now the new music that I'm going to be releasing afterwards is where I feel like now that I've got that weight off of me now I'm a lot more empowered. I have the freedom to write about new things that I haven't addressed in my music before," she said in our interview.
To read more of my interview with Mothica, click here.
For more information, go to www.mothica.com.
This post is part of Oklahoma Music Week here on BAM's Blog, a look at how Oklahoma musicians have been been handling the pandemic and some of the projects they've been working over the past few months. Please follow along and support local musicians and venues in whatever way you can.