QuickFire Questions with Holly Wild

"Sometimes we just need that one person to believe in us and give us a little push."
8 June 2022

By Vanessa B

Holly Wild is an Australian Singer-Songwriter debuting this year and joining us for some QuickFire Questions as she shares her single “Thrill of It“.

Thrill of It” is a striking and expansive indie-pop track with raw and honest lyrics and warm, effortless-sounding yet powerful vocals. The atmospheric melodies and ethereal harmonies stay with you long after you’ve listened. Meanwhile, the song tells a story of the narrator caught up in a relationship where the chemistry is difficult to ignore against her better judgment. Although the other person isn’t good for them, she can’t help but keep coming back, attracted to the tension and risk they bring into her life, keeping her captured in a cycle where she is continuously “chasing this feeling for the thrill of it”.

Holly’s debut 5-track EP, “Wild”, produced by Jon Buschema and Cari Cole, is due to be released this year. Check out “Thrill of It‘ along with our interview with Holly below.

You’ve mentioned that your music is driven by inspiring and uplifting others in a community glued together by music. How did this come to be important to you?

I know that when I listen to an artist’s music that has a message that really resonates with me, I feel so connected to that person. Through a shared experience or emotion that they have expressed, it can really help me process that same thing that’s going on in my life. It hits hard for me, it feels like a gift. It makes me feel better about all the crap going on in my own life, because I know it’s happening to someone else. I want to create that same thing for people listening to my music.

When did you first realise you had the potential to become a music artist?

For so long I didn’t believe in myself. I never thought I was good enough to release my own music. Then one day a vocal coach I had said, “you need to take care of your voice, people will be listening to your voice for many years to come”. I think that was the little seed I needed, planted in my mind, and it slowly grew. I worked hard on my songwriting and vocals… throw in a sprinkle of determination and grit, and I was off and running. Sometimes we just need that one person to believe in us and give us a little push.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

There is always going to be a period where your art isn’t as good as you want it to be. You have really good taste, and you feel like your art doesn’t have that special thing. It’s so frustrating. Every creative person has to go through this stage. The only way to close that gap is to do a huge volume of work. Work really hard at it and you will close that gap. Don’t give up. – Ira Glass.

What changes would you like to see happen in the music industry?

It would be great if we could make it more difficult for new artists signing their first contract to be taken advantage of. And of course, streaming royalties should be better for artists, they are a total joke as they stand.

What is your creative process like?

If there is something that is really on my mind, or I hear it is really on other people’s minds… something that I’m really passionate about, then it starts as a title in my notebook. I am always adding paragraphs to my titles. When I’ve got enough pages written, I pull out all the little words or phrases that jump out at me. Next the chords come. I usually play the chords into Ableton or Logic, then record a bunch of wordless melodies over the chords. I choose the melody that I like the most, and try and make the words fit. Sometimes I start with the chords and try and write the words, but I’m always drawing from my notebook. Lots of content pre written, makes it so much easier.

What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

Taking photos, studying Film, or doing something else creative

If your music were a food or drink, what would it be?

Crumbed lamb cutlet. The dinner I always requested when I came home from school camp when mum was cooking. It felt like the taste of home. It was crunchy, juicy, delicious. You could nibble all the crispy bits off the bone at the end and savour the flavours. It was a comfort food that made me smile and that I kept coming back to. Mum you always make the best lamb cutlets!

Can you share anything about your upcoming EP due to be released in the second half of 2022?

I can’t wait to share it with you! I love it because all the songs are quite different sonically. They all have a story and tell you a little bit about me, and I really hope you can see yourself in the music too. My goal was to make music that is timeless, that will still sound great in 20 years. I really hope you will love it!