THANKS to Hollie Haines...
for talking with me about her new single, Mine, and its story; the inspirations behind her album, Letters to My Last Love, and whether she has a favourite cut from the record – she reveals some of the artists who have motivated her.
I ask whether there are tour dates coming up and if there are a few albums that are especially important; any new/approaching acts we need to get behind and what she has planned going forward – Haines picks an awesome song to end things on.
Hi, Hollie. How are you? How has your week been?
Hey, Sam. I’m doing really well. My week has been busy - with the album coming out - but I’m happy
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
I like to call my stuff ‘music-for-people-who-like-to-cry-to-music’ and that’s not as morbid as it sounds! I just mean I put a lot of feelings into my music and, if you’re into that, hopefully you’ll be into my music. But also Folk.
Mine is your latest single. What was it about the song that marked it as a single?
I wrote mine about one of my best friends falling in love. It feels like it ties the whole album together and is about such real and pure love.
It is from the album, Letters to My Last Love. Can you explain the concept behind the album and how it started life?
Last year, I went through a big change in my life: I moved to London, I came out of a relationship and graduated university. I felt very lost and wanted to document my journey of getting back on my feet through songs and so that became Letters’ and its a journey of losing love and going through your healing.
Do you have a personal favourite song from the album?
Yes! I Got Through, Babe is my favourite! I love it so much. It was the first healing song I wrote and it’s so special to me. It’s also really fun to play.
Can you give me an idea of the artists, older and new, who inspire you and compel your own sound?
Richard Thompson has always informed my music and is the reason I love Folk music so much. Johnny Flynn reminds me that I can seep a bit into Country music and not taking my songs too seriously. Also listing to Father John Misty keeps me looking for new ideas and to keep moving forward with my music.
Do you already have plans for 2019?
Yes! I’m planning a tour for February/March and thinking about my next release. It’s just in the ideas stage but if it works I’ll have something really special out next year.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
Playing in Graz for Sofar Sounds after a twenty-four-hour journey was incredibly special. The audience really listened to my stories and came up to me after and chatted to me about my songs. It was really moving for me to have people be so open about how my music made them feel.
Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?
Richard Thompson - Old Kit Bag; Taylor Swift - Speak Now; Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
All of these albums really inspired the way I tell stories through my lyrics and the chords I use etc. They were big educating albums for me.
As Christmas is coming up; if you had to ask for one present what would it be?
Two Christmas trees in the house! I’ve been asking my parents for years but they haven’t caved yet!
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
Taylor Swift without a doubt. What a queen. I’d need a kettle, tea bags and a bowl of Smarties and I’ll be happy.
Do you have tour dates coming up? Where can we catch you play?
No tour until next year but I have two shows left this year. 3rd December in Leeds and 8th December in Southend.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Take your time and stick to your guns. There’s no rush to put things out before you’re ready - and play with as many ideas as you can.
IN THIS PHOTO: Ferris & Sylvester/PHOTO CREDIT: Daniel Alexander Harris
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
Ferris & Sylvester. They’re not really new anymore but they were when I started listening to them and they’re amazing.
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
I’ve been trying really hard recently to honour my time off and give myself time away from my laptop and guitar. I do yoga, go on walks and draw. I stay creative all the time even when I’m not doing music because I can never switch off from that. I’ve got a creative brain.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
dodie - If I’m Being Honest. My current favourite
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