Welcome to the feature where we talk to musicians and artists to find out in depth information about their brand new singles and music. Today we speak to alternative indie musician HOLME who has recently released the debut single November Sky. I wanted to find out all about the track so spoke to the musician about the process of creating it and also what is in store for fans soon.
Hello HOLNE tell us three unknown facts about yourself?
Sure! 1. i have an unhealthy coffee addiction. 2. i’ll never buy full price shoes. 3. i once shook Noel Edmonds hand at the turning-on of the Exeter Christmas Lights.
How did you get into music?
Listening to my Dad’s collection of 80s & 90s in the car combined with piano lessons as i kid, lead to me picking up a guitar as a teen and went from there!
Who do you find your inspirations?
As a song writer i find i never switch off. For a lyric it could be a poetic line that someone just comes out with in general conversation that can spark a whole concept for a song. Other times a song will come on the radio or in a service station and i’ll hear a completely different melody over those chords. Its a fun game!
Tell us all about your latest single November’s Sky?
This was a super quick process. Sometimes the best tracks are the ones that are written quickest!
I liked the idea of someone turning up to a huge posh house party or a wedding etc where everyone knows who they are but due to a “break down in relationship”, that person is not welcome or invited. But they’ve turned up desperate to make things right. That was the story in my head, and that’s what fell out onto the paper!
It is your debut single isn’t it – how are you feeling about it?
I’m feeling good! Often when mixing a song and hearing it 100 times you can get sick of it, But im not sick of it yet! haha! Still feels fresh.
How long did it take to write the song?
Writing?- literally an hour! recording and mixing a few more than that.
Where does the inspiration for the song come from?
i was out walking the dog (which is great “thinking time” and the line “Letting go of a perfect day and lose it to the night” came into my head. it all branched off from there!
Tell us a little bit about recording this track in the studio – what were the highlights and challenges?
The track is self-recorded and produced. I have 2 great friends who added their parts externally- Steve Down (guitar) Joe Harris (drums) these guys are total pros. After a few chats about where i see the song heading and what i wanted them to add, i sent them the track and they delivered.
The hero of the process was Chris Tilke (producer). I dumped a shed-load of vocals, drums, synths and guitars on his desk and say “see what you can do with that”. The highlight was getting the 1st mix back and hearing it for the 1st time. The issue with remote recording is, it takes time to throw ideas back and forth. The advantage of all being in a studio is you can bounce these ideas off of each other immediately. But we all know studio spaces are expensive and put pressure on the creative process. The way November Sky was created is by far my most creative but efficient way of writing and recording for me… so far.
What is the most challenging thing when it comes to producing a record?
Money. If you have funding or a healthy budget you can have bells, whistles, Hire a unicorn to play the harp in the middle 8 of track 4! But it’s always been me asking extremely talented friends for favours and feebees when they’re worth so much more. using every second of a hired space and begging the mixing engineer to make a couple more edits for free.
One day maybe. I’ll pay everyone what theyre owed and take my time writing and recording haha.
Will there be an EP or an album soon?
An EP. ive got another single in Oct coming out and thinking about dropping the full EP at Christmas. I bloody love Christmas.
How do you warm up for a show?
Plenty of water. if i haven’t been drinking water throughout the day, you can hear it! Vocal tubes (google them) and some Car-Karaoke on route.
Our site also is about improv – in a music sense, what have been some of your favorite improvised melodies that you have created and been able to use in songs and why?
When you sing the same songs every night, you have to keep it interesting for yourself! Changing up a song on the spot can be fun (best to do this on a solo show or at least give your bandmates some warning) The session players i know hate it if you go off in a direction without any communication or warning! and rightly so! But i’ve been playing and gig, putting down a loop on the pedal, got my phone out and hit record on the voice notes app many times. (top tip)!
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
I’m not touring, i don’t have a plan to tour just yet- I only have 1 released song! ha. Tour might be a 2023/24 venture. But I’m still writing, recording and drip-feeding songs out onto the world wide web. “watch this space”
And finally why should people check out your music?
That is a great question! Why should they!? They don’t have to! But I’d like them to! I’d love to relate to the listener, lyrically but most of all, if i can poke them in the feels, then that’s my job done.