We had the chance to interview Holly for the second time – but this time he’s bringing some tracks along with it :). To make up for our last interview with him, we’ve included TWO brand new exclusive collaborations between him & yunis & LITTLE SNAKE. A lot has changed since we last spoke with this artist so let’s cut right to it and get down to the juicy stuff. Don’t forget to press ‘play’ as you scroll below.
Listen to Holly x yunis – bang lush here :
Listen to Holly x LITTLE SNAKE – Negative Degrees here :
Interview curated by Michael of the Phuture Collective team.
Phuture Collective: Holly! It’s been a year and a half since we last spoke – and we couldn’t be more thrilled with your progress. From releases on Buygore, Dim Mak, Monstercat, Circus & beyond – you’ve released on more labels than anyone we’ve heard of. You’ve grown from 2,000 to nearly 50,000 followers on SoundCloud, and we’ve had the pleasure of seeing you perform at more live shows in the US this spring. Before we get down to the juicy parts, tell us what you’ve been up-to the past few weeks.
Holly: Hey! In the last few weeks i’ve been playing a few shows around USA, meeting new people, making music, eating good food… just living life.
Phuture Collective: You just released a ‘mini-album’ on THUMP & Hush Hush records titled ‘78SM95’. This one starts off ethereal and mellow, working it’s way up to some industrial d&b vibes, then takes us back down to a more texture filled & lush environment. Once the listener gets a feel for what’s coming, you change the pace again and this continues throughout.
We haven’t quite heard this side of you, in regards to the lower-energy, ethereal vibes. Mind taking a moment to tell us what went into this album?
Holly: That’s more like an EP to me rather than an album. Basically this record with VVV is just a bunch of ambient and experimental lost demos that i had and sent him to see what he could do with them. Just making music for fun and without a concept. I think the record is pretty much similar to what i’ve been doing in the last few months. Just trying to find myself better and experimenting with new and different sounds etc.
Phuture Collective: Are you still in Portugal? If so, tell us a bit about how the culture there inspires your music.
Holly: Yessss, i’m still here. I don’t know how the culture here inspires my music, because i feel that’s something that happens subconsciously, you get me? It’s the fruit of my daily experiences here and it’s something i’m not conscious of or aware of the impact, because i’ve never lived anywhere else besides Portugal. I can say that my country is a place full of culture, and you got so many music genres going on here which is something that has helped me a lot to not be restricted to just one sound.
Phuture Collective: Which cereal character closest resembles you? What about your music?
Holly: Dude i don’t know, I stopped eating cereal last years but when i was a kid (i’m still a big one but, like 15 years ago or something haha) i used to be very into the Chocapic dog. And i think my music would be more related to Froot Loops, because i make music with Fruti Loops and my music is a big mix of colours like Froot Loops.
Phuture Collective: If you could release on any label in the world, what would it be? What about your dream collab?
Holly: You will know the label in some years. I got a lot of dream collaborations but, some of them would be with Bjork, Jimmy Page, The Weeknd, Aphex Twin + many more.
Phuture Collective: We’ve never had an artist with two releases in the same issue – so congratulations for being a first :). Your track with LITTLE BIRD is a fresh taste and a new step towards experimental bass music, while your collab with yunis takes elements of the present and defines where we’re at with bass music. How did you like working with each of them? Did you find they brought qualities out in your work that may have been missing alone?
Holly: I had a great time working with them! Both are really open minded artists and i really dig their art so that was a really great experience. And i feel that we both brought qualities to both sides works. I don’t know. We just made music.
Phuture Collective: What was the first album you purchased? What about the most recent?
Holly: Hmmmmm the first one was probably “8 Mile” from Eminem, as a birthday gift to my older brother. The last record i bought was the “Subtemple EP” from Burial. I bought it last week in New York while i was waiting from my friend Nick from New Jersey. He’s sick you should meet Nick. Shout out Nick.
Phuture Collective: We’re about wrapped up here Holly, only a couple more questions! When you are going through a writers block, what do you do to get those creative juices flowing?
Holly: My life is a writers block that will never flow away.
Phuture Collective: Name 3-5 artists who deserve more recognition.
Holly: Can i just name 3-5 artists that i’ve been digging? Everyone who makes music needs recognition so i don’t want to stand out people here. But ya check Eastghost, No Mana, Senojnayr, Roger Wilco and Marcioz.
Interview with yunis – here