Holly Stell Interview and Single "The Fall" @FOUXYLLOH
Tell us about yourself and your music?
As a person, I feel very deeply. I just turned 25, so I'm growing and really getting to know myself. A lot of transition. Music has always felt like a part of me. I don't ever remember a time when I wasn't singing. When I was 9 years old I sang my first solo in church and I was signed to a label based out of Toronto when I was 11 singing classical music. The producer I worked with composed film scores, so I was able to record 2 albums with a full orchestra. That energy was so powerful and is something that I still channel into the music I do now.
How would you describe your sound?
Wave and Rnb. I always tell people it's like the trap version of Lord of the Rings. My music is the darkest part of myself made beautiful. I'm still very inspired by film scores, which is kind of interesting because a lot of my friends who produce this style of music are as well. I like reese bass, reverb and stacked vocals. Future is also a huge influence of mine because I love his flow.
Talk about the experience making your single?
The single is called "The Fall" because I'm always single during that time. I wrote those lyrics to another track like two years ago while drinking merlot in my bedroom. I never released it. Micah, the producer, then sends me the current track like a few days before I was supposed to go into the studio and I immediately knew that I wanted to use it for something. So the night before I was in my hotel room figuring it out. Lyfe's verse was written to another track we were working on as well. I had his vocal stems, so when we got in the studio we actually pitched them down a key and put them on this track. Thank you to our engineer Jb for making that happen.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
I have some projects in the works that I'm very excited about. I just recorded a vocal for a track with Darude and Ashley Walbridge who are both incredible. I actually use my voice on it, something that I haven't been doing lately because I've been more into flowing rather than using my range. I have some shows in the works as well but no set dates as of yet.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
Well, overall it was being featured on Oprah. That still blows my mind. Recently, my track with the producer brothel. He was the first artist I ever listened to in the wave genre so to actually work with him was kind of surreal at first. I sang the song "Without U" by Spooky Black over something he made. It was the first song I ever released on SoundCloud so it will always be special.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s)?
I would love to work with Clams Casino and Spooky Black.
Name something random that people do not know about you?
I watch a lot of Pixar movies because it lessens my anxiety.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
Know yourself. As the artist, you are the brand. You set the tone. If you're trying to be someone you're not, it will show in your music and you won't attract the right type of people. That's something that took me a long time to realize because throughout my life I always felt like people were trying to fix me and hold on to their idea of who they thought I was. It was like I was caught in the middle. Try to get over that now. I promise you that when you are walking in authenticity, things will begin to align. Surround yourself with positivity and with people who are on the same wavelength as you. If you're having to constantly explain your vision to someone and they just don't understand it, maybe it's not the right fit.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I have a lot of projects I am working on within the wave scene that I am very excited about. I also recently booked an acting role in a scripted series.
The Fall Feat. Lyfe Harris (Prod. by WRCKTNGL)