Hi VENTS, I’ve been doing good! Just turned 22 and had my first big release with a label. Exciting times!
2. Can you talk to us more about your latest single Luxury?
I made Luxury with the boys from QSTNMRKS who produced it. I was in the middle of my final exams so I was very stressed haha. When I planned the sessions, I was not really sure if I’d have enough inspiration to write good songs at that moment, but I really wanted some distraction from my exams and the sessions turned out to be awesome. We finished the song really fast.
3. Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
What inspired me to write Luxury was the feeling of only being able to express how you feel about someone when you’re at parties and under the influence of something like alcohol. Sometimes you feel like that’s the only moment when it’s acceptable to show someone you’re into them. And that can be really fun and nice, to just be reckless and suddenly have the courage to be impulsive. But when the alcohol wears off it’s not like you feel any different about that person. And you feel like you cannot express that when you’re sober cause ‘that’s not what the two of you do’. So that’s what makes that fun feeling of being young and reckless also very sad, which is why we combined it with a darker and serious production.
4. Any plans to release a video for the single?
We haven’t made any plans to release a video for the single yet, but I’d love to! I think we can be very creative with the theme of the song and how to put it into visuals.
5. How was the recording and writing process?
We initially wanted to make Luxury a cool upbeat song, kind of like Finesse by Bruno Mars. I finished the lyrics pretty fast but we just could not get the production to work somehow. Then in the next session, they played a completely different idea for the production, which was the darker and serious version, and it just felt right. It suddenly made way more sense, was way more convincing and really captured the feeling we wanted to convey.
6. What role does the Netherlands play in your music?
I feel like pop music in the Netherlands is very different from the kind of music I make. I’m more drawn to Scandinavian pop music. I would completely understand if my music doesn’t become big or ‘top 10 commercial’ over here cause it’s just very different. But my goal was never to become famous in the Netherlands anyway so that’s fine. I really admire artists like Astrid S, because her music is not on the radio in the Netherlands for instance, but whenever she performs here she has sold out shows. That shows that there are people who just really respect and admire her music, even though it’s not popular. I want that as well – to have your music be genuinely appreciated even if it doesn’t make you famous.
7. How have Astrid S. influenced your writing?
Astrid S especially influenced my writing in terms of being more specific and literal as well as being more honest and open. Her songs, such as Hyde and Bloodstream, touches upon darker subjects as well, and the way it’s combined with original, poppy yet mellow dark productions is just perfect to me. Pop songs do not necessarily have to be about happy things. I think Stromae, also one of my favorite artists, explained that very well. He said that we all deal with serious things in our lives and when we listen to pop/electronic music or go out, those serious things are not suddenly completely gone. So instead of hiding it, I think it’s way more interesting to show it and make music that’s honest (sometimes dark) but you can still vibe to it.
8. Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Yes definitely! I have a lot of good songs basically ready to be released. What I mostly struggle with is the order in which to release them haha. Because the last song you made always feels the best and touches upon something you’re going through right now. I’m a very impatient person so I always want to just get my feelings out as soon as possible.
9. Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
There are not any specific dates for a next release yet, but there will definitely be another release in 2018.
10. Any plans to hit the road?
I’m performing a lot right now in the Netherlands and the response has been great. I would absolutely love to go to different countries with my band and see how other people react to my music.
11. What else is happening next in Elle Hollis’ world?
What else is happening in Elle Hollis’ world right now? I’m basically at this very weird point in my life where I just graduated from University and can now fully focus on music and do whatever I want basically. I think a lot of people my age recognize that feeling of ‘what’s next?’. So, it’s kind of scary yet so exciting that I can see where my music will take me. Overall, I’m just happy to be working on music as much as I want!