Lots Holloway talks about her latest single and the current state of politics
Introducing Lots Holloway, your newest obsession. Lots is becoming a social media force with over 90,000 followers on twitter and her latest single ‘World On Fire’ racking up major numbers on Youtube/Vevo. We were lucky enough to sit down with Lots to discuss all things pop, her latest single and politics (*shudders*). Check out Lots latest single here!
Can you describe your sound using a combination of 3 well-known artists?
Bastille, Chvches, The 1975
Can you explain the inspiration behind your single ‘World’s On Fire’?
The song was born out of a chain of events that happened last year (2016). Lots of sad and strange things were happening, attacks in Orlando, Nice, Istanbul, the war in Syria and the refugee crisis, the US Presidential battle, Brexit… and that’s only a few. I felt like I needed to write about the world I was experiencing around me.
You wrote ‘World’s On Fire’ in the summer of 2016. Half a year later, a lot has happened in global politics. Was this how you pictured things going when you wrote the song?
I had hoped that things would have got brighter for us, but the backlash is definitely still lingering and there has been a multitude of other events since I wrote the song, some really tragic and really weird events. There’s also a lot of good things happening in the world, it’s just difficult to see them in the shadows.
How did you want people to feel after watching the music video for ‘World’s On Fire’?
I wanted the video to evoke emotion; whether that be, anger, sadness, shock, sombreness. There was no intended emotion, I just wanted people to feel something. The thing about the video is that there’s no trickery or fakery, all of the clips used are real life footage of real events that have been happening around the world – some of them are really difficult to look at but you can’t shy away from troubles.
As its #InternationalWomensDay – this ones for the girls #sheiswild pic.twitter.com/lXeHLPs0gA
— Lots Holloway (@lotsholloway) March 8, 2017
What would you advise young people to do to stay sane and also take action in today’s political climate?
One thing I suggest doing is making sure you disconnect from social media, and take a break from the news once in a while. Go out and hang out with friends, go out for a walk, be in nature and don’t let yourself be distracted by anything else. If you can go out and appreciate the world around you on a higher and more focused level you’ll feel better instantly. The world is beautiful, it’s humans that are the problem.
We saw you’re a fan of Katy Perry’s ‘Chained to the Rhythm’. What does that song mean to you?
I love the song. I love how lyrically intelligent the record is. I feel that social and political topics aren’t spoken about enough in music anymore (and not really ‘warmed to’ if they are), the way they were in the 60s and 70s. Music is a really powerful way to speak to people, to get across a message and I think Katy’s track does just that. The concept of her song is a lot like the concept of my B-Side called ‘Is Anything Real Anymore?’, addressing the lack of connection and the strange and often deluded way in which a lot of people are living their lives. Katy’s track is so brilliant because it’s an important topic but it still manages to maintain it’s pop qualities – it’s so damn catchy.
What does the rest of 2017 look like for you?
2017 is looking exciting. I am heading back into the studio in March to finish off the EP and I will be getting some live dates booked in.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years time I would like to be working on a 3rd album and travelling the world with my music
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