London based music producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter making dark alternative and pop-metal.
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Interview with Hollow
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on an EP for my personal project.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Midoca, he is a fantastic songwriter/producer.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I think this might be cheating, but a hybrid of both if ever possible.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to collaborate with other artists and combine our visions to create something that they can be proud to perform.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who their inspirations are, what songs they like from those artists. I like to get a feel for where my clients are coming from stylistically so I can go into the project from their creative point of view instead of imposing my own on them.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Gretsch G5260 baritone guitar (essential for the Hollow sound), Rode K2, Genelec monitors, any audio interface and I guess a laptop with a DAW on it(?)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Pop music with inspiration from emo, punk, metalcore and other styles of guitar based music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Nothing, Nowhere. or KennyHoopla since I feel they really come from the same mindset as myself. Or adversely I would love to work with Holly Humberstone to write something darker for her that she hasn't explored yet.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Record guitar DIs as hot as possible without clipping. The signal that enters a real amplifier is always very loud and you should try your best to emulate this even with amp sims.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Alt-pop music with darker inspiration.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Songwriting and doing so quickly. Many of the songs I've worked on have been fleshed out within the hour they were started.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Simple scarlett interface, genelec monitors and custom built PC running Ableton, Pro Tools and Reaper. Multiple guitars for choice of style and tone, as well as a bass guitar. Multiple microphones for different uses with the Rode K2 being my go to mic for vocals.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Nothing, Nowhere., George Lever, Jordan Fish, Killstation, Trent Reznor, Travis Barker, KennyHoopla, Andrew Watt, Whethan
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Re-tracking instruments, executive production and mixing.