KAT HOLLAND TALKS “THE ONE”, HER NEW EP ‘RETROVISION’ & FUTURE PLANS 0 12

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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BRIT AWARDS 2019 WINNERS REVEALED 0 43

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Tonight we celebrated the achievements of British and international artists and musicians over the last year, live on ITV from The O2 Arena, London!

Jack Whitehall was back on hosting duties for the second year to present an exceptional night of entertainment for the 12,000 arena guests and the millions watching from home. A grand total of 13 awards – designed by acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye – were handed out during the show.

Presenters on the night included: Paloma Faith, Annie Mac, Suki Waterhouse, Khalid, Jared Leto, Liam Payne and Winnie Harlow.

Multi-award winning actor and performer Hugh Jackman kicked off proceedings with a dazzling rendition of ‘The Greatest Show’ from the global music sensation The Greatest Showman, resplendent with over 100 circus-themed dancers. Calvin Harris made his BRITs debut with a collaboration with Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man, and the show also hosted performances from George Ezra, Jorja Smith, Jess Glynne with H.E.R., Little Mix with Ms Banks and The 1975. P!nk closed the show with an incredible four song medley following the presentation of her Outstanding Contribution to Music award.

Winning British Group for the second time, The 1975 also added the much coveted Mastercard British Album of the Year award to their BRIT tally, for their third No. 1 album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.

A true ‘Giant’ of British music, Calvin Harris bagged his first ever BRIT awards, having been nominated 16 times in the last ten years. Winning British Single, along with Dua Lipa, for their No.1 smash hit ‘One Kiss’, the multi-million selling DJ was also honoured with Best British Producer, in acknowledgment of his immense chart topping success over the past twelve months, collaborating with some of the biggest artists in the world and responsible for some of the biggest hits of the last decade.

More BRITs firsts on the night saw a win for George Ezra for British Male Solo Artist and Tom Walker in British Breakthrough Act, the latter a public vote. Rising star Jorja Smith, who won the Critics’ Choice award in 2018, came away with British Female Solo Artist.

The BRITs Global Success award, identified by global sales success of a British artist, was awarded to Ed Sheeran for a second year, continuing to celebrate the phenomenal success of his third album Divide – certified sales alone account for 10.5 million, and overall Ed has sold an estimated 150 million records to date.

Ariana Grande was announced as Best International Female and Drake won his second BRIT award for Best International Male. Best International Group went to The Carters, their first as a group – although Beyonce and Jay Z have both won BRIT awards as individuals previously.

British Artist Video of the Year was once again determined by public social vote and this year the winner was Little Mix for ‘Woman Like Me’, which the girls performed earlier in the show.

WINNERS & SPEECHES

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST – GEORGE EZRA (PRESENTED BY DANIEL STURRIDGE & PALOMA FAITH)

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST – JORJA SMITH (PRESENTED BY H.E.R. & NILE RODGERS)

BRITISH GROUP – THE 1975 (PRESENTED BY NATALIE DORMER & VICKY McCLURE)

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT – TOM WALKER (PRESENTED BY ALICE LEVINE & CLARA AMFO)

INTERNATIONAL GROUP – THE CARTERS (PRESENTED BY JACK WHITEHALL)

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST – DRAKE (PRESENTED BY JACK WHITEHALL)

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST – ARIANA GRANDE (PRESENTED BY JACK WHITEHALL)

BRITs GLOBAL SUCCESS AWARD – ED SHEERAN (PRESENTED BY ABBEY CLANCY & ROMAN KEMP)

BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “WOMAN LIKE ME” BY LITTLE MIX FEATURING NICKI MINAJ (PRESENTED BY BROS)

BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – CALVIN HARRIS (PRESENTED BY ANNIE MAC & SUKI WATERHOUSE)

BRITISH SINGLE – “ONE KISS” BY CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA (PRESENTED BY LIAM PAYNE & WINNIE HARLOW)

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR – “A BRIEF INQUIRY INTO ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS” BY THE 1975 (PRESENTED BY JARED LETO)

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC – P!NK (PRESENTED BY KHALID)

TALKING NEW MUSIC, SOCIAL MEDIA & ULTIMATE AMBITIONS WITH MAYA LAVELLE 0 72

With her album Hobo due out soon, 2019 is shaping up to be a big and important year in the career of Maya Lavelle. After first coming to notable attention after her debut single featured in a hugely popular TV series (read on to find out which), Lavelle’s career has gone from strength to strength. Prior to Hobo‘s release, and having just dropped the video for latest single “House On A Rocky Road”, Lavelle spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about her admiration of Tim Burton, her tour plans and her ultimate goal.

TITL: Who is Maya Lavelle in a few words?

Maya Lavelle: Maya Lavelle is a singer-songwriter and producer that conjures phantasmagorical sounds that turn our world into an enchanted forest with quirky eccentric characters.

TITL: What would you say sets you apart from other artists?

ML: My phantasmagorical style.

TITL: Which artists might you say you’re most inspired or influenced by and how to those influences filter into the music you make?

ML: Tim Burton, aesthetically, had a big influence on my music. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman struck the idea in my head that later developed into “House on a Rocky Road”. I love the paintings of the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, and the sculptures and buildings of Antoni Gaudi. Park Guell in Barcelona is probably one of my favourite places to go to. How I translate these impressions into music is not easy to explain. For everything I see, I kind of immediately have a sound in my head.

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?

ML: That’s a tough one. I can’t choose one song but I love “Wuthering Heights” by Kate Bush and “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles.

TITL: Your debut single “This Ain’t The End” was featured in the film The Rift but is perhaps more known for being used in an episode of hit show The Walking Dead. What impact did having the song featured have on your career/fanbase and how did the inclusion come about?

ML: Fans of the Walking Dead went crazy over it, feeling that the lyrics fit a pivotal and highly anticipated moment in the series perfectly. I denied the rumour but that didn’t stop the fan frenzy.

TITL: You held an intimate listening party for your new single “House On A Rocky Road” in London on February 3rd. How was that?

ML: That will actually happen on the 6th March – we decided to move the date.

TITL: Ah, okay. You’ve just released the video for the track, with the visuals inspired by Tim Burton and The Brothers Grimm. Can you talk me through the creative process for both the song and the video? Where did the ideas for them come from?

ML: The song was partially inspired by remarkable characters from my life which are my grandfather who was a man of style and honor, and my grandmother who is a character I really relate to. And the concept for the video was inspired by the lyrics of the song. I worked on this with director Tamara Kotevska who had so many great and creative ideas. I love Tim Burton and his dark and whimsical aesthetic. I think it fits perfectly with my music.

TITL: Your first full length album is due out soon. Without giving too much away, what can you tell me about it?

ML: Hobo is a conceptual album. The overall concept is an escape from boredom, inspired from my experiences while living in Amsterdam, Los Angeles and London. The characters I’m singing about in this album are lonely, searching for love and care, just like Hobo. They’re all coming from different dimensions to meet in the House on the Rocky Road which is in Darkwille County. Hobo is the only character who can travel through all the dimensions and he changes the light bulbs on the streets of the Universe.

TITL: Do you have a favourite track on the album and if so, which is it and why?

ML: My favourite is “Zombie Town”. This song represents a post-apocalyptic future we are heading towards by neglecting the outcome of global warming and I wrote this out of great concern from current events that are taking place.

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

ML: Once my album is out in June I would like to tour in the US and Mexico.

TITL: How do you feel about social media? Do you think society and the music industry is perhaps too reliant on the likes of Twitter and Facebook, or do you believe such platforms are now vital tools, given the technology-obsessed world we live in?

ML: Big changes can bring both good and bad sides. What I like about social media is that is has opened up a two way conversation between artist and audience. The audience has a bigger part to play than ever before. Today the real value is actually in this interaction. This way I can communicate and approach each of my listeners as individuals, as a person and not only as a consumer of pop music.

TITL: Do you have any other plans or projects lined up for the coming months?

ML: We are currently editing the music video for my next single “Dancing with a Bottle”, which we shot in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs.

TITL: Finally then, what’s the ultimate goal for you as an artist? What one ambition do you most want to achieve and, along a similar path, looking much further down the line, what one thing would you most like people to say about you/remember you for in terms of your career and artistic legacy?

ML: The goal is to take people on a peculiar journey with my music where they can indulge in, and feel free from anything that’s holding them back. I hope I can bring and leave something genuinely new to music and provide musical elements that are challenging, original and exciting. I hope to create ideas that can powerfully move people.

Check out the video for “House On A Rocky Road” below and for more information on Maya Lavelle, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. Header photo credit: Miljana Vukovic.