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Hollie Stephenson Interview

Hollie Stephenson Interview

By: Arti Keshwala

Pointless Rebellion I wrote when I was younger. It’s about watching my friend try desperately to emulate that girl all the girls wanted to be, and all the boys wanted.

AS: Hollie how are you? What’s is it like to be releasing your first single Pointless Rebellion? 

HS: It's one of the earlier songs, so it's nice that it's the first release. 

AS: What inspired you to write Pointless Rebellion?

HS: Pointless Rebellion I wrote when I was younger. It's about watching my friend try desperately to emulate that girl all the girls wanted to be, and all the boys wanted. This is because she was that, when I met her—you know how secondary school can be. However, she really started to go off the wall, abusing substances to suppress what she didn't feel she could express to anyone—she didn't want to talk about what was happening in her life. And what she was doing was pointless in the sense it wasn't going to change things or make anything better. It was a rebellion—a cry for help.


AS: What can people expect from your album that you will be releasing in August?

HS: I don't know, I find it hard to evaluate my music objectively because there is so much of myself in it. Probably best for people to buy and have a listen, hopefully they'll like it!


AS: How would you describe your single ‘Pointless Rebellion’?

HS: I would describe it as an upbeat song, but lyrically it's a sad story. Musically, it's a motown, ska crossover.


AS: As a young singer/songwriter, what do you enjoy or take satisfaction from?  

HS: I love writing songs about things that distress, confuse or upset me, and then be able to sing them. It's a very cleansing feeling, getting it out of my system. It's always nice to channel anything negative into something positive and constructive, rather than sit around moping about it all day. Until I write the song, that's what I'm doing.


AS: How did you decide what songs you would write next for your debut album?

HS: It wasn't a decision. I write spontaneously, so whatever I feel I need to unbottle inside of me I write about. The songs are just about things I witness or fall victim to. I write it down, strumming a few chords as I go.


AS: What inspired you to start singing?

HS: I've always sang because I thought it was the done thing. I've always got music playing, and a full orchestra stuck in my head. I would always sing, there hasn't been a time when I haven’t, so nothing had to inspire me to start with.


AS: How would you describe your music?

HS: I'd describe my music as a distorted reflection of what I listen to. I can't tell you it's reggae, jazz, blues, soul, or Motown, because it's influenced by all of these things. I haven't really written a song that is strictly just one of these genres. My music is an expression of myself. 


AS: What was it like making your first album?

HS: It was amazing! I was working with so many phenomenal musicians. I've met some of the greatest people I ever will, and to be able to work on something that I care so much about with people who are just as passionate, is really beautiful. 


AS: What was your favourite song to write on your debut album?

HS: Sunday Morning—and only because I thought I would never write a song again. I was sure that if I did, it would be shit so it was really a relief when I wrote those lyrics, and I'm very proud of this one.


AS: Will you be going on tour once your album is released?

HS: Yeah, across the UK to begin with, then just see where the wind takes us.


AS: If you could, which venue would you love to perform your album at?

HS: Where the sound is good and the people want to be there.