THE chaps of Holloway Road…
have been talking with me about their single, No Place, and what it was like filming the video. I ask how the duo got together and what it is like recording in Nashville; some new artists we should look out for – the guys reveal what tour dates they have coming up.
Holloway Road tells me whether Country, in their view, gets the attention it deserves; who they count as idols; what they hope to achieve before the end of the year – the guys end the interview by choosing two very different songs!
Hi, guys. How are you? How has your week been?
Very good, thanks - until England went out of the World Cup!
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourselves, please?
We are Holloway Road; the most badass Country-Pop duo you have never heard.
Are you enjoying the heatwave we are having at the moment?! Does it compel songwriting and inspiration?
Absolutely. Any excuse for Rob to wear his short shorts! The sun being out really puts your mind in a better place so, of course, it sparks inspiration.
How did you form ‘Holloway Road’? Do you remember that first meeting?
We have both played in bands together since we were kids. We can remember a conversation in the smoking area of a club about five years ago talking about making music that we could get excited about and, five years later, this is where we are!
What is the tale behind the new single, No Place? What was it like filming the music video?
It's a very personal song because it's about our journey together so far. Filming the video was great fun but, be warned; when hopping on a retro BMX for the whole day as the seats are made of hard plastic. Very unpleasant. Haha.
I know you have been recording in Nashville. Is it a place you feel at home in? Is it a pretty exciting place to record in?!
We have great friends in Nashville that have taken good care of us and always made us feel at home.
As far as recording goes; we have not done much out there - most of our time in Nashville is spent songwriting - but what we did do was very laid back and people there tend to just let the creativity flow, which is how it should be.
You are inspired by Country and Pop. Which artists did you listen to growing up? Who do you count as idols?
We love everything from George Strait to Florida Georgia Line when it comes to Country music but we love all genres.
It's the same with idols. Florida Georgia Line are a great act to look up to as we have similarities and watching what they have achieved in so little time is inspirational. But, there are too many to mention - from the Eagles to Justin Timberlake.
Do you think Country music gets the attention and oxygen it deserves in this country? Do you think it warrants greater focus?
We certainly think it's getting there and will continue to grow, and rightly so!
What do you hope to achieve before the end of 2018?
The same thing as every year: progression! As long as we come out of every year feeling like we have moved forward and in the right direction to world domination then we can wake up happy.
Have you each got a favourite memory from your time in music – the one that sticks in the mind?
Not one that sticks out, as we are constantly making great memories and hope to continue.
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
Florida Georgia Line!
We always choose our own rider and it usually consists of beer and bananas. Mainly because Jack has a banana phobia, so everyone likes to wind him up.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Keep it fun!
Where can we see you play? Do you have any gigs approaching?
Of course! We have a busy summer of festivals ahead of us before heading out for some tour dates later in the year - we're playing Nashville Meets London, Bestival; Carfest and The Long Road among others. Head over to www.hollowayroadmusic.com for all show updates and social media pages.
IN THIS PHOTO: Jillian Jacqueline
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
Yes. All the things we shouldn't...
Finally, and for being good sports; you can each choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Jack: Enya - Orinoco Flow
Rob: Kano - GarageSkankFREESTYLE
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