Hunting Holly are from Sevenoaks Kent, they recently gave us an interview.
How would you describe your music?
In terms of genre, we think of ourselves as Indie Rock with elements of Pop-Punk, with songs mostly about romantic problems and issues. But most importantly, we think of our music as energetic and catchy, and a lot of fun.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Hunting Holly started as a solo project for guitarist and singer Jakob Tyson, working out of Blizzard Records in Kent. But the upbeat rock style needed a band to go with it. Bassist Jack Randall was working as an engineer at the studio and joined the band from there, and drummer Jack Smith joined soon after. That was when the project really took off, as an energetic three-piece. Since then it’s been gigging, writing, recording, and we’ve all had a great time.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Our own music is influenced by bands like The Strokes and Blink – 182; fun songs played with energy. But for musical heroes, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen stand out, even if their influence isn’t obvious is our music. The artistry and expression they are able to put into their music is a standard that we strive to reach someday.
What inspires you?
The best part about playing music is the opportunity to express ourselves in ways that we can’t necessarily do in everyday life. What’s also amazing is playing live, when the passion and energy we feel playing our music is reflected by the audience, and we can feed off of that. So what inspires us is really just being able to play our music and go around and share that experience.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We tend to write in the studio and rehearsal space; Someone comes in with an idea and a set of chords and we work together to develop it into a fully worked song.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
We love playing our first single ‘Songs I Used To Know’. It’s so energetic, its always a blast. Plus, its been out for long enough that there’s a fair few people in the crowd who know it and sing along which is a great feeling.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Anyone who looks like they have a great time performing and travelling. Frank Turner comes to mind.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
The music industry is in an interesting place right now. On the plus side, its easier for bands to put their music out and connect with fans than ever before, thanks to social media. But it can be a lot harder to get noticed and get off the ground, since there’s so many musicians and bands out there, and therefore a lot of reliance on promotion and marketing. It’s necessary, but I’m sure all bands would rather spend their whole time playing music!
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Filming our first music video, ‘Songs I Used To Know’, involved singing along to the song loudly on the back of a bus in Brighton. We got some funny looks.
What are your future plans?
In the short term, we are going to keep on playing live as much as possible, writing new songs and promoting our EP. Towards the end of the year, we have both an album and a tour planned so that’s going to be super exciting.