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INTERVIEW: Hollie Haines

Hi Hollie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! Thank you for taking the time to talk to me! I’ve been really good, working hard and super busy but enjoying it all.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mine”?

I’m so happy that Mine got used as the single for Letters. I remember when I wrote it I was having a bit of writers block but it really cured it for me. It’s a song about sweet, pure, selfless love that I’ve watched in my parents, grandparents, my friends, my Godparents and it’s such a lovely thing to write about.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Mine is the only track on the album that isn’t about me personally, but more about something I watched happen. A few years ago one of my friends fell in love and it was such a beautiful process to watch and be even a small part of just through her sharing the story of it with me. She’s been someone I’ve always gone to when I’m feeling lost or feeling like I won’t ever find what I want. Her and her girlfriend are share the kind of love that always keeps me believing in love.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes a video is just around the corner, keep an eye out! I love the video made for Mine, it’s all footage from when I was growing up and home videos from one of my best friends.

The single comes off your new album Letters To My Last Love – what’s the story behind the title?

There’s a line in Like I Used To (second track on the album) that says: “I would write you letters/you stopped reading in the end” and it’s possibly my favourite lyric from the whole album because it’s the truth but also symbolises the end of a relationship to me. The person I wrote the album about stopped reading the letters I sent him, I don’t think he even opened the last one, so these are my open letters to him, all the stuff I didn’t put into words to him face to face.

Would you call this a conceptual record?

Definitely. I think the tracks all stand alone but in my head they only make sense in the order they are on the album. Each song has a specific feeling attached to it and was writing with that in mind. My aim was to document my journey of healing and to be able to follow that narrative through music.

How was the recording and writing process?

Emotional. A lot of fun but it really tough at some turns writing songs that caused me to really really look at how I was feeling. I cried my way through writing Like I Used To. Except For You was recorded in my friends bedroom in one day and I was exhausted after because I shared so much of myself with the producer and the track that it felt like an actual part of me had been given to it. I loved it though and it’s helped me re find my love for what I’m creating which I had really lost for a bit last year.

What was it like to work with Lauren Deakin-Davies and how did that relationship develop?

I love Lauren!!! She was actually the first musical friend I made in London. We met at a Women In Music event and realised we’d crossed paths without actually meeting several times and had been up for Awards at the same award shows before and had loads of mutual friends. I really wanted to work with a female producer and Lauren seemed perfect so we had a few days in the studio and it was probably my favourite recording experience I’ve ever had. She listens to what I want and offers suggestions without making me feel bad for not coming up with them myself. She cares about the music more than anything and she was super patient with me when I needed to take time over things.

How much did she get to influence the album?

Lauren really helped me define the sound I want moving forward and honestly I don’t know if I would have found the confidence I have in that without her. She took my ideas and made them sound like exactly what I wanted before I even knew I wanted it.

What role does London play in your music?

London is a big part of it all. I had really fallen out of love with my music just before I moved and being in a new city gave me fresh ideas. I love how big the city is and it gives me a lot of mental and creative space through all the physical space I find there. The musicians I’ve met here have also helped shape my music and bring my confidence back, especially my cellist Flick.

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?

All parts of it. The specific bits I look at are loving, losing, hurting, missing, healing, letting go & loving again. I loved taking a real journey from being in love when I wrote Except For You, living all the stages out in real time and then being back in love as I release the album.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Mostly my own life in terms of lyrics, but my inspiration to create songs comes from all over. I’m a creative person first and so I find I can get ideas from all parts of my life. If I’m having trouble with some lyrics, then I might go and demo a previously written song and that will get my brain going and lyrics coming to me again.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes!! I love touring and I can’t wait to get back on the road again. It’s looking like a tour is on the table for the end of February/start of March next year!

What else is happening next in Hollie Haines’ world?

I’m super excited that in January I’m going to be opening a pop up store for a week in London to celebrate the album and the process behind it all. I’ve been working really hard to create the perfect space with an art director and it should be really special.


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