1) How did you all meet and decide to create a band?
Well, Jonathan and I have known each other the longest. We went to college in Greeley together MANY moons ago where we studied musical theater (I know, I know). It wasn't until well after college that we started making music together. The Hollow started about four years ago and it was just a passion project of mine. I didn't have a band at the time, so the VERY first EP was performed by me. The band was just a thought until I wanted to start playing these songs live. Jonathan has been in since the first show and Jason joined the band a year ago after his last project (The Epilogues) broke up.
2) How was the name "The Hollow" decided? Does it have any special meaning?
I appreciate you asking this question. The original name of the band was “Into The Hollow” from one of our favorite Queens of the Stone Age tunes, but since the name change it’s evolved into something that’s so much more. The Hollow really does invoke a sense of darkness. It’s meant to get people to start thinking about the things that make us feel uncomfortable from the societal norm. Death is inevitable, so instead of being afraid of it, we should embrace it and use it as motivation to do exactly what we want to do every day we're alive.
3) What 3 people inspire you most?
I'm incredibly inspired by Dave Grohl (because duh), Trent Reznor (his creativity to constantly push the envelope for live production is ASTOUNDING), and die-hard music lovers (without them, we'd be doing this for nothing).
4) Your newest single "Sleep Talkin'" came out a few months ago, anything you'd like to share about it?
At its core, Sleep Talkin' is about communication and how important it is in successful relationships. Musically, the song was our biggest challenge, as it was our first attempt at writing a "radio-friendly" song. The reception has been incredible. It was the first song that we put a music video to as well, which was a completely therapeutic process.
5) What song do you enjoy performing most? What venue is the most fun to play at?
I think my favorite song we perform live is either Flame to Fuse or our cover of Royal Blood's "I Only Lie When I Love You". Both songs have an energy that's completely contagious. So far, Bluebird has been my favorite venue we've performed out. I've seen some of my most favorite bands on that stage, and to think that we have shared that stage with some amazing talent is truly humbling.
6) Do you plan on releasing any new music in 2018?
We WILL be releasing new music! We've been working on our EP titled Contact for the last several months, and we're very excited to release it in mid 2018. Contact will feature songs that we've played live, including a cover of "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Our version includes our manager Angela Whaley playing the harp and the the band singing three-part harmonies. We're very excited to share this with everyone.
7)Would you rather play a bigger festival like May Play or a smaller show such as you and just a few other bands?
Playing a festival is always such a blast. Not only do you get to meet and see new bands and make new friends, but also you're playing in front of people that you'd never really have the opportunity to play in front of otherwise. The energy is always palpable at festivals too. Looking forward to playing as many as we can in the years to come.
8) If you could describe The Hollow’s sound in 3 words, what would they be?
Alternative Art Rock
9) The lyrics in your songs are all well thought out, does this just come to you or does it take time?
I appreciate you noticing the lyrics! The lyrics take THE MOST TIME in the songwriting process for me. The music is always new and exciting when you have all of the members contributing, but I've written a majority of the lyrics and it ALWAYS takes the most time. I just want to make sure that I get it right. Lots of listening to other artists' work is inspirational, and also reading poetry inspires me. I'll run the lyrics by the team after I've written them and get their two cents. They usually provide insight that tightens up the screws a little bit.
10) Thank you so so much! Anything you'd like to add?
I admire your tenacity and your dedication to the music scene, Katie. The reason the music scene is the way it is can be HUGELY attributed to you and your friends that support local music with the intensity that you do. I look forward to seeing what happens with this project and look forward to playing music for you for years to come. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
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