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!