North Carolina jazz/soul/pop artist Kat Holland is creating a buzz with her new single “The One” from her forthcoming album Retrovision due out later this month. The album was recorded at the famed Village Studios in LA. Inspired by artists such as Maroon 5, Adele, Stevie Nicks, Norah Jones and Dup Lipa, Holland has always had a love for music. With a family that is very music-oriented, she started singing when she was young. Holland discovered her desire to pursue music as a career while in college, coming to the realization that she wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. She recently filmed a music video for “The One”, which you can watch below. With plans to book more full band shows this year, as well as hopefully releasing a full-length, Holland has a busy year ahead of her! You can follow her and stay up-to-date with all upcoming music, album and tour news via the following links.
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You have said that your lyrics tend to reference looking back in time and reminiscing on past experiences. What do you feel draws you to writing nostalgic lyrics?
I have always really enjoyed writing about past experiences. I am naturally a very nostalgic person, and writing about the past is sort of like therapy for me.
You discovered that you wanted to pursue your dream of a career in music while in college. What was it about that time in your life that led to that decision for you? Did you have other career goals prior to college?
College is a very self revealing time for a lot of people. The deeper I got into music, the more I realized it was my true passion. I did have plans to get a full time job out of college in a completely different field. After a little while, I realized that wasn’t going to work out for me.
At the beginning of this year, you recorded your soon-to-be-released EP Retrovision at The Village Studios in LA. What led you to record your EP at that particular studio and what was the recording process like?
An old friend of my mom’s, Clifford Brodsky, is a producer out in LA and was able to get us a spot in one of the studios at The Village Studios. The recording process was truly amazing. It was truly extraordinary to record my own music in such a historic location. I still feel very lucky to this day that I was able to have that experience.
Your EP focuses on a lonely but awakening experience that you went through after you graduated from college. How do you feel that music has helped you work through/express the darker times in your life?
Like I was saying before, music is therapy for me. Especially writing music. When I write about past experiences, especially hard times, I feel like it is a way for me to release it and seal it in the past. Like, that is all said and done, now I can move on with my life.
You have said that you’ve considered spending some time in LA or Nashville. What do you love and find inspiring about those cities?
The biggest thing that I love about both of them is that they are so music oriented. I feel like it would be a lot easier to go to either LA or Nashville and really immerse yourself in the music industry. There are so many musicians living in those cities also, and I feel like that would be a really motivated and inspiring environment to be in.
What can you tell me about the band you played with on your EP? Were they musicians you previously knew? Do you still play with them?
All of the musicians that I played with when recording my EP were studio musicians. Rick Zahariades was on guitar, Matt Tecu on drums, and Peter Downing on drums. They were all phenomenal musicians, wonderful people, and really helped bring my music to life. I do not currently play with them as they live in LA, but I do plan on playing/writing with them again when I go out there to record my album.
You recently released your new single “The One” about a hurdle you experienced in your 5-year relationship. Do you tend to draw on personal experiences when writing songs?
I almost always draw on personal experiences when I am writing. It is important to me for my music to be authentic and relatable.
What can you tell me about the video you filmed for “The One”? What was the idea behind the video and what was the filming process like?
We wanted to keep the music video simple, but still have a lot of really cool atmospheric visuals in it. With “The One” being a love song, we decided to portray me as if I were in my own little world, daydreaming about the memories I shared with this person. At the end of the video, I lock eyes with him as if it were the very first time we met. The filming process was super fun and straight forward for this song. We did a lot of it in the studio, but probably the most fun take was when I walked the streets of Uptown Charlotte!
What’s next for you?
I am starting to book a lot more full band shows this year performing my originals from my EP, so I am really excited about that. One of my biggest goals this year is to record a full length album and I hope to have that finished by the end of 2019, so stay tuned for that!