KAT HOLLAND TALKS “THE ONE”, HER NEW EP ‘RETROVISION’ & FUTURE PLANS 0 91

As she gears up to release her EP Retrovision, Kat Holland is feeling good and is brimming with ambition. Inspired by the likes of Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse, and with hopes to record a full length album in the not too distant future, she’s riding high on a new wave of success and popularity following the release of latest single “The One” and she spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about her thoughts on social media, what she feels is her unique selling point and the venues she’s hoping to play soon.

TITL: Sum yourself up in a few words for me please.

Kat Holland: I am a very kind, compassionate person, I have been a lover of music since I was a baby, I have a twin sister, and I am a huge dog lover as well.

TITL: What would you say is your unique selling point as an artist? What makes you stand out?

KH: I think my music has a really unique twist to it. A lot of artists try to copy the sound of others, but I feel like mine stands out with the new, fresh sound that it carries.

TITL: Growing up, which bands and artists were you most inspired by and how do those inspirations influence the music you make now?

KH: Growing up I listened to a lot of Norah Jones, Maroon 5, Adele, and Amy Winehouse. Outside of that I listened to a lot of the Beatles and Sarah McLachlan when I was with my parents. I feel like I have tried to incorporate a little bit of all of these artists in my music. I have so many music inspirations that it is hard for me to pin down only one influence.

TITL: Who or what is your biggest inspiration when it comes to music and song-writing and with that in mind, which song would you say is the greatest ever written and why?

KH: I would have to say Norah Jones or Amy Winehouse are some of my biggest inspirations. They both have amazing lyrics and voices. There are so many choices when it comes to great songs, but I would have to say one of my favorites is You Know I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse.

TITL: Your latest single “The One” is dedicated to your five year relationship and all the highs/lows that come with it. Were you at ever wary about putting your deepest thoughts and feelings on record and sharing them with the world, or is it something you’d maybe like to see more artists start to do, as many are?

KH: It was definitely intimidating putting such personal thoughts and feelings out into the world like that. But, I do feel like it is worth it. Being vulnerable is tough but I believe it is what makes good music, so with that being said, I would definitely like to see more artists do that.

TITL: Your EP Retrovision is due out later this month. What can fans expect from the collection?

KH: The other three songs that are on my EP are very different from my single. They are very jazz/soul/pop. Some a little more pop, some a little more jazz/soul. Fans can expect to be very surprised by what they hear!

TITL: Which song on the EP might you say you’re most proud of and why?

KH: I would have to say I am the post proud of “Losing Balance”. The instrumentals, lyrics, melody, and just everything about it I really love.

TITL: Will you be touring in support of the EP? Are there any venues you’d really like to find yourself playing in the near future?

KH: I have been booking a lot more shows for this year which I am really excited about. I hope to start touring to other cities more frequently as well. I am hoping to eventually play at Rockwood Music Hall in New York or The Hotel Café in LA sometime soon!

TITL: To what extent does and is social media helping in terms of providing you with an audience and a platform to get yourself out there to the world?  How do you personally feel about society’s connection and obsession with the likes of Twitter? Is there a thing as “too much” social media?

KH: Social media most definitely has its ups and downs. On one side, it is a really great way for me to promote my content and grow my fan base. I have gained so many wonderful fans through social media and I really don’t want the negative to take away from that. However, I do think social media can be too much at times, and I think the obsession with “likes” on twitter, Instagram, etc. can be pretty damaging to peoples’ mental and physical health.

TITL: Are there any other plans or projects in the pipeline you can tell me about?

KH: One of my biggest goals this year is to record a full length album! I am planning to go to LA this summer to start the process and hoping to be done recording by the end of 2019, so stay tuned!

TITL: Finally then, as the world continues to thrive and enjoy the music of both new and established artists from around the world, what’s the long term goal for you? How, many, many years from now, would you like your music to remembered in terms of the mark it – and you – left on the world?

KH: It would really be amazing to see my music leave such a significant mark to the point where people know it for years to come. My plan – and goal – is to make a solid career out of music, so I definitely don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon!

Check out “The One” below and for more information on Kat Holland, visit her website or give her page a like on Facebook. Her EP ‘Retrovision’ is available for pre-order now.

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BAILEY TOMKINSON CHATS “7 MINUTES IN HEAVEN”, TAYLOR SWIFT & SUPPORTING HER FELLOW FEMALE ARTISTS 0 77

Heavily influenced and inspired by Taylor Swift but with music tastes so varied she loves Sam Cooke, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper to name just three, Bailey Tomkinson has an undeniable passion for music. After releasing her EP Hey Ace last year, she’s recently dropped her new single “7 Minutes In Heaven” and with plans to head back in the studio soon to work on new material, ThisIsTheLatest caught up with her to talk favourite songs, upcoming performance plans and proudly supporting other female artists.

TITL: Who exactly is Bailey Tomkinson?

Bailey Tomkinson: Hi there! I’m Bailey, I’m a 19 year old singer/songwriter from sunny St Ives in Cornwall. I like to write country melodies that hopefully even people that don’t normally like Country Music will want to sing along to! I’m signed to German Indie Label FBP Music and when I’m not performing you can usually find me in the surf!

TITL: At what age did you first realise you wanted to make music a career and what did those closest to you think of said realisation?

BT: I’ve always known that I wanted to pursue a career in music, I watched the movie ‘Selena’, based on the life of the singer Selena Quintanilla, when I was about 4 and from then on all I wanted to do was perform.

The first time I played one of my songs in public was in front of about 300 people in an auditorium, it was a school rock concert in Brussels where we were living at the time, I was about 13. You could have heard a pin drop when I started to play and I just got the bug. I’ve never wanted to do anything else.  I think there is a video of it on YouTube somewhere actually! My family have never been anything other than massively supportive.Their attitude is that we all only get so many trips round the sun, why not spend them doing something you love?

TITL: Which artists and bands are you most inspired and influenced by, and what is it about the music they make that you like so much?

BT: I’ve grown up listening to Taylor Swift so she’s a big influence, obviously very relatable to a teenage girl. But I also admire her for willingness to experiment and innovate across genres; that she wanted to expand the ‘box’. I really admire Kacey Musgraves for the same reason. I listen to Sinatra. I love John Denver because he’s my Grandad’s favourite. Also Sam Cooke, Madonna, Abba, Cyndi Lauper, Jewel – honestly, I just love music.

TITL: Is there a story behind your latest single “7 Minutes In Heaven”?

BT: It was a combination of things really. I love movies like ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ for the sense they have where in one, crazy night anything can happen. I thought it would be interesting to try to capture that feeling in a song. I’m 19 years old, so you know, I love a good party and we have some GREAT parties down here in St Ives, we’ve got the beach, bonfires, surfers and guitars so I thought why not write about some of them!

TITL: Who or what is your biggest inspiration when it comes to music and song-writing? With that in mind, could you choose what you feel is the greatest song ever written?

BT: That’s such a difficult question and if you asked me that 100 times, I’d probably give you a 100 different answers. Today, I’d go with “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. The song structure is a work of genius; it somehow manages to link multiple songs into one. Freddie Mercury is a GOD!

I think at the end of the day, I wouldn’t say I have a biggest inspiration as I’m quite fickle with the music I listen to, one minute it’s Sam Cooke and the next it’s Guns N’ Roses. However, that said, I’m pretty sure that if you ask people that know me, they’d tell you it’s Taylor Swift. Hell, at school I was nicknamed ‘Baylor’ Swift.

TITL: As a fairly new artist who made their mark on the industry last year, following the release of your EP, do you ever worry about how you compare to so many of your artistic counterparts?

BT: No, success isn’t cake. Just because someone has some doesn’t mean there’s none for me. There’s plenty for everybody. I have nothing but admiration for people who say, I’m going to follow my passion for making music and if they manage to carve out their own niche then more power to them. It’s hard enough for women in music, we’re all seeking to get equal airtime, festival slots etc, without turning on each other. We all experience the same thing…radio stations happy to put our faces on their posters or Facebook pages but then not spinning our records…I make a point of supporting other female country singers out there, we all want the same thing, a bigger industry and an opportunity to thrive within it.  

TITL: Do you have any performances/tour plans in the works?

BT: There’s lots going on. I’m making my London debut at Luna Lounge in April and in August, I’ve been lucky enough to get a slot at Boardmasters Festival which is one of my favourite festivals. I really want to play the length and breadth of the country, so if any one reading this has slots available, hit me up!

TITL: Given that we live in such a technology obsessed/dependent society, what are your thoughts on social media? How have the likes of Facebook and Twitter impacted your ability to reach an audience, and do you believe that artists can become successful without it?

BT: I don’t know that I have any new startling insight on the subject to be honest. It’s a mixed bag. Social media can be horrible, it amplifies hate and lies, it can make people insecure and antisocial I certainly think it’s important to remember that like television, a lot of it isn’t real. But the flip side is that it can connect people across oceans, across continents in ways we’ve never been able to before. 

In terms of the music, so far my experiences on social media have been incredibly positive, I’ve had other artists reach out with encouragement and advice, I’ve had folks contact me saying how much they’ve enjoyed a certain song and share my stuff with their friends etc. everybody has been really welcoming. Can an artist become successful without it? It depends on how you define success…for some it’s filling stadiums, which I don’t think you can do without a strong social media presence; for others it’s being happy, doing something you love on a local stage. If we were all the same, life would be boring wouldn’t it?

TITL: What does the rest of the year have in store for you? Will you be working on some new material at some point?

BT: Yes, I’ve been in the studio recently to record another single. Then after Boardmasters and festival season, I’ll probably do another EP. I’m writing constantly and definitely want to capture those songs properly. Later in the year, I’d like to do a bigger tour.

TITL: Finally then, what advice would you give to anyone looking to make their mark on the music world as you have? Is there anything you’ve learnt in your short time in the business you’d pass on?

BT: I’d say, make the music you want to make and then surround yourself with as many good people as you can. It really does take a village.

Check out “7 Minutes In Heaven” below and for more information on Bailey, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

LIVE: BLUE PLANET II IN CONCERT – MANCHESTER ARENA 27/03/19 0 83

While Blue Planet and its follow up series continue to delight and astound viewers around the world with the depth and scope to which the team behind it delve into the many wonders of our oceans, the experience of seeing the music that accompanies the programme, scored by Hans Zimmer, Jasha Klebe, and David Fleming, performed live with a full orchestra is something else entirely – but just as breathtaking.

The performance began with the orchestra, led by conductor Matthew Freeman, diving straight into the opening music, the skill and precision of the performance itself causing both smiles and goosebumps to appear on a vast majority of the audience (or certainly those I could see).

Host for the evening Anita Rani was both efficient and enthusiastic as she introduced each section of the show, herself and Freeman working almost fluidly in their partnership, while the visuals which accompanied each segment were as stunning as the music performed during it – the wonders of the oceans around us displayed in captivating detail on a giant 200 square metre screen.

It was not at all hard to feel as if, while the show progressed, that you’d been transported to another world of sorts – the younger members of the audience in particular seemed utterly awed by the sights and sounds they were being introduced to.

Highlights of the evening, in terms of the footage shown to the mesmerized audience, were the hundreds of dolphins surfing on waves and puffins feeding their young, but every scene and every sound brought home the most important sight and message of all – that we need to and must protect our oceans.

A night of awe inspiring sights and sounds left the audience within the Arena spellbound from start to finish and as the show reached its climax, the orchestra falling silent for the final time, the applause directed to Freeman, his musicians and host Rani echoed throughout the venue with many present standing to applaud what had been a truly spectacular night.