Interview | Introducing…Folly Rae


Referring to her work as ‘Future Folk’, Folly Rae has been making a splash with new single, ‘Free Your Mind’, an eerie, other-worldly, but ultimately positive number. We caught up with this flame-haired dreamer to get the low-down.

Hello, please introduce yourself and your music to the uninitiated.

I’m Folly, I am a singer-songwriter from Hertfordshire, I’m half English, half Norwegian.

Tell us a bit about your latest release?

My latest release was my first release and was a track called ‘Free Your Mind’. It reached the top 100 in the iTunes singer/songwriter charts and has recently been played on my local radio stations, BBC Radio 1 and was also BBC Radio 1Xtra’s ‘Introducing Track Of The Week’

What inspires you?

I write the things I can’t explain in words and sometimes even write about things I never knew I felt. I get inspired by relationships, friendships… a lot of my writing is very personal. I get inspired if I hear a sentence someone says that sticks in my mind, a view on the train ride home. Everyday emotions and feelings inspire me and I believe the way we feel perceives the way in which we see things.

If you won a billion pounds what would you do with it?

If I won a billion pounds, I would at first freak out, because that is a ridiculous amount of money for anyone to have. Then I would give my family money, help out friends and family who needed it, etc.

I would then be like ‘a secret millionaire’, who goes around finding people who are doing good and give the money they need. Then obviously buy a helicopter, a vintage Aston Martin, a camper van and a house in New York and travel the world. That’s all I can think of for now.

Which of your songs is your favourite and why?

My favourite song of mine is my second single, ‘Suffocating’, probably because it captures the mood of how I felt at the time I wrote it perfectly.

What are you plans for the future?

I’m releasing my second single earlier than expected as it has had a bit of air play. I have an EP ready and waiting to be released, lots of gigs to come, maybe a few festivals – and I’ll be writing lots more music!

Finally, we’re always looking to expand our musical horizons. Do you have any recommendations of bands or artists we should be looking out for?

I love finding new music, too. Check out an amazing live act called Brother and Bones if you haven’t already heard of them!