On Cloud Nine With Holly Drummond
19-year-old Holly Drummond has been into music for as long as she can remember and she’s pursued her passion by writing, recording and producing her own EPs (Extended Play). Cloud Nine made it into the Top 10 Singer/Songwriter Chart on iTunes upon release in 2012 and she recently released the exciting, new In The Dark. Holly answered some questions about her burgeoning career and why the hard work is her favourite part.
Who has been your biggest inspiration and in the same vein, your biggest influence?
There is no particular person who has been my biggest inspiration/influence for my music. I listen to everything from Ben Howard to Lady Gaga. The main artists who influence my music now are Ben Howard, Daughter, Regina Spektor and Imogen Heap.
What is the most challenging part of what you do?
When I write a song that I really like but there is sometimes that one verse or part of a chorus that I can’t seem to finish. It gets really frustrating after a while but I always finish it eventually.
You wrote, recorded and produced your debut EP Cloud Nine, how difficult was it to take on that much work? How did you manage and cope with it?
I wrote it during my final year at school and then I recorded it during my summer break before going to University. I did the same with my new EP In The Dark. I wrote it at University and then recorded when I came home for the summer. It does take a long time especially because I am doing it all by myself, having to press record then run back and forward to the microphone. It’s fun though. It’s my favourite part.
Do you design the artwork on the cover of your EPs? Where does the inspiration for that come from?
I don’t actually. I get a girl called Katie Abey to design the artwork. I pick a line from one of my songs and ask her to draw it. For Cloud Nine, the EP cover is inspired by the line ‘you smile at me and there’s butterflies in my brain.’ For In The Dark it’s ‘take me to the place where the buildings touch the stars, won’t you stay with me? stay with me ’til the sun eats the dark.’
Is there a song of yours you consider to be your favourite? Why?
It constantly changes. When I’m working on an EP I’ll have a favourite but by the time I’m finished the EP I’m sick of all the songs because I’ve heard it so many times over and over. So at the moment it has to be Into His Arms from my free EP New Beginnings (before Cloud Nine). It’s just simple and I like the guitar part and it’s my favourite of all the lyrics I have written.
What advice would you give to other young artists like yourself hoping to embark on a career in the music industry?
YouTube! YouTube works miracles. Cover popular songs before they become popular (…if you can). Also collaborate with other artists and it’ll help you reach a different audience. I do vocals for Electronic Dance Music which is a completely different genre from what I normally do by myself. So it helps me reach completely different people.
Where do you hope to be in the future and how will you get there?
I hope to be better known for my music. Playing big venues and with people in the audience singing my lyrics back to me. I’ll just keep working away and releasing new EPs and hopefully I’ll keep improving and get there eventually!