“Writing music is how I speak to people” - Lots Holloway
British singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lots Holloway delivers warm and raspy vocals over retro inspired indie-soul, taking notes from both classic hook-heavyweights and modern contemporaries like Elton John, King Princess and Vampire Weekend.
Self-taught guitarist, pianist and drummer, Holloway grew up in a small seaside town in Cornwall completely addicted to the hits being blasted out from the record-player in the family home. The young singer-songwriter became heavily influenced by the simple words and massive melodies of Fleetwood Mac along with the curious charisma of David Bowie and just like these artists, displayed a particular flare for storytelling and performance. In vulnerable yet colloquial lyrics, Lots possess an undeniable way with words, and when listening to a song, you are made to feel as though you are having an intimate conversation with a friend - only in this scenario, backed by vintage pianos, soulful guitars and gospel choirs. Lots explains “In serious situations I find it very hard to express my thoughts and emotions, but put me on stage in front of a mic and I’ll tell you everything”.
Freedom and rebellion are both strong themes in Holloway’s life, like dropping out of collage at 17 to move to London for music or unapologetically breaking the boundaries of gender-norms as a transmasculine demiguy, and this attitude can also be seen seeping so brazenly into the music. There are no limits to Holloway’s writing, with upbeat anthems about sex, dreams, friendship and recovery juxtaposing songs from heartbreak-archives featuring motifs of hopelessness, loneliness and longing. Where many artists fear to step out of their lyrical comfort zone, Lots embraces variety - and yet somehow still manages to tie everything together armed only with a guitar and a silky voice.
Combine the innate ability to speak to the heart through song with a born enchantment and bad-boy nature, and you’ll understand why the effortless allure of Lots Holloway has been supported by BBC Radio 1 Introducing’s Jess Izatt, lead to writing songs KT Tunstall and working on music with producer veteran Mike Hedges in Bryan Ferry's (of Roxy Music's) personal studio.