Pop Singer/Songwriter & winner of the 2016 West Texas Songwriting Competition.
I sing, write & produce pop songs, with influences of rock, reggae, funk, hip-hop, electronic, and can also do more minimal singer-songwriter productions with acoustic guitar, strings, etc. I have mixing and (online) mastering capabilities.
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Interview with Kathryn Holland Music
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on my own music that I can pitch to TV and film opportunities, and also pitch to other artists. I'm just getting into licensing right now, so I'm learning new things about the industry that I didn't know before.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not at this moment, no.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I wish everyone would consider analog because the fidelity is better. However, it's just not the most convenient option for most people at this time. I totally understand why it's fallen out of style. It's something that a few dedicated groups of people will hopefully preserve and pass down, for as long as they can. Meanwhile, we can all still enjoy the convenience of digital music consumption! I'm not a purist by any means. I see the benefits of both.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to do my best to meet your needs, wants, desires, and goals in a timely fashion. I promise to give you the best possible product and service that I can provide.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like the freedom of being able to do what I truly enjoy doing. I love the creativity and flexibility of it.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People sometimes think the music industry is a difficult industry to be in. I think what they mean is that it's very competitive. But you could say the same for almost any industry. You have to know what you're good at, and you have to know how to position yourself in the marketplace. You have to be easy to work with, and you have to love what you do. Otherwise, if you're just in it for the money or the fame, then it probably will be difficult.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What type of music are you looking for? What purpose is this music going to serve? How can I help you to meet your goal?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Go with the person who feels right. Ask them questions before you buy to make sure it's the right fit for your project. Don't be afraid to spend extra money to get it right. Pick someone who has experience in the field you're hiring in.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Well, interestingly enough, I spent 3 months in Costa Rica once, which is not an island, but it's close enough. I actually played my violin all around the beaches for tips. So, I would definitely bring my Taylor GS mini guitar and a violin. My iPhone would come too because I could record ideas easily. Then I would bring an amp and an instrument cable to plug in.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out as a violinist in the school orchestra when I was 11. But I've always been in love with music. My mother taught piano lessons and my dad always had a huge vinyl collection growing up. When I was 15, I found my granddad's black Silvertone guitar in his shed after he passed away. I took it home and began to teach myself to play guitar and write songs. Ever since then, I haven't looked back. I played fiddle for many different bands, for many years until I started my own band and got into writing, performing & producing my own music. Now I've been producing for about 10+ years, getting better and learning as I go. I really enjoy performing as well as producing and writing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is groovy, funky, energetic, heartfelt, loving, and entertaining.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Tori Kelly because I love her vocals and her spirit. I think we could co-write something great together. She has brought a new audience to gospel music. It's very inspiring how she can cross genres the way she does and still stay true to her roots.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Produce from your heart, and only give the song what it needs, nothing more nothing less.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, singer-songwriter, pop/rock, R&B, Soul, rock, electronic pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think my strongest skill is probably top-lining and writing melodies, as well as chord progressions and lyrics. I have been playing violin, guitar and singing for 15+ years too, so those skills are pretty strong as well.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a flavor of fun and energy to the songs I work on. I also like to make heartfelt songs and stripped down songs, but mostly I love to make upbeat music that is groovy and gets people moving. I'm willing to expand my repertoire and work on different types of genres.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I get inspired in many different ways. Sometimes ideas just come to me randomly, and I act upon them immediately. I can write to track or I can write to just a phrase or musical idea. It can be almost anything.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, H.E.R., Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Tori Kelly, Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Hanson
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Singing, songwriting, producing