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NEW NOISE: NOX HOLLOWAY

A fresh alt-pop duo wanting to bring people into their world of music, the pair presents their debut EP “If Only The World Didn’t Spin So Much”.

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Following in the steps of their biggest music inspiration (Jon Bellion), Nox Holloway presents their poems in an indie-pop musical form, creating different sounds and feels. This is shown in one of their favourite tracks of their new EP “Only The World Didn’t Spin So Much“.The meaningful track symbolises the realisation by the artist that current life may be getting too much, resulting in him losing himself as an individual; causing the thought to move to Montana for a more soulful life.

Talking about their new EP, Nox Holloway explains, “’Separate Ways’ was the first song we made on the record; that was back in April or May of 2020. The most recent song we made for the EP was ‘The Reds’, which we finished up in February of 2021, so these songs have been in the bank for a while. We wanted the time to be right to release them, and we feel like it’s finally gotten to that point, so we’re quite happy to have this project out and for the world to finally hear some of what we’ve been working on.”

Upon the release of this seven-track EP, Nox Holloway took the time to chat all things music with Wonderland. Showing below our new favourite ‘Montana’…

Hey Nox Holloway, how has this past year been for you?
Hello! Thanks for having us. It’s been a great year. Both of us have finished college, moved to a new city, and are living the dream as artists and creators. It’s had its challenges and curveballs certainly, but we feel blessed to be where we are.

You guys have just dropped your debut EP “If Only The World Didn’t Spin So Much”, congratulations! How long was the EP in the making?
Thank you so much! “Separate Ways” was the first song we made on the record; that was back in April or May of 2020. The most recent song we made for the EP was “The Reds”, which we finished up in February of 2021, so these songs have been in the bank for a while. We wanted the time to be right to release them, and we feel like it’s finally gotten to that point. So, we’re quite happy to have this project out and for the world to finally hear some of what we’ve been working on.

How did you both first get into music, what sparked the interest?
Parker: I started as a percussionist in middle school band when I was 10. From there I had a long bout in percussion and specifically drumline before turning my focus to writing and producing my own songs around 2016. But, I had always been making my own music in some capacity since I started playing. I love the endless nature of creating music; it’s almost like a puzzle with no final form.

Bryce: I fell in love with rap around the 5th grade and spent the next four years obsessing over learning every word to as many different songs as I could. The first half of high school, I started writing rap songs over YouTube beats and putting them out on SoundCloud, then got into production in the latter half. I didn’t really start doing any singing until I got to college but growing up listening to and imitating artists like Boyz 2 Men, Al Green, Rascall Flatts, and OneRepublic sort of unintentionally trained me in that regard.

We met on the first day of college and started working together pretty soon thereafter.

With everything that happened last year, was your creativity affected?
Our creativity was certainly affected by the pandemic and everything else 2020 threw our way. I would say that we learned a lot about how we want to make records sound and we built some stylistic consistency in our recording and arranging techniques, especially having to do it 100% remotely. We feel like our music became an immersive experience and hopefully can offer somewhat of an escape in such a crazy time to be alive.

You currently reside in Nashville, which has a huge music scene. How does this place influence your sound?
I think Nashville has really helped us with the things that keep our sound pop-leaning and still fresh. We like to keep things a little left-of-centre, but Nashville has shown us how many people are making great music all in their own way, which is quite motivating. It makes you feel like you have to keep creating and pushing the envelope.

Talk us through some of your production processes?
We start most songs with a 4 or 8 bar loop that inspires us. After that, we talk a lot about drum feels and rhythmic spacing, then we more or less throw things like melodies and lyrical concepts at the wall and see what sticks. There’s plenty of trial and error and experimentation for us. We also never cut vocals until we’re ready to spend 4-6 hours getting the right takes and recording plenty of layers to really make the song feel complete.

What do you want people to take away from your music?
Hopefully, the intentionality of what we do is apparent in the music. We want people to hear how much we care about the sounds we’re creating and to be able to get lost in it like we do when we’re making it. Hopefully, there’s something in every song to enjoy if it’s on in the background, but also to reward anybody who wants to take a deeper dive into the music and really listen to what we’re trying to convey.

Who are some of your biggest inspirations?
The artist we bonded most over when we met was Jon Bellion, so he’s been consistently the biggest inspiration, but beyond that, we love Twenty-One Pilots, Finneas, Kanye and Jack Harlow.

What can we expect from Nox Holloway in the coming weeks and months?
We’ve got some more content rollouts on the way that we’re super excited about. Hopefully, it’s a fresh take on some of the music that’s already out. We hope to play some more shows coming up too! We’re grateful to be where we are and excited to keep working towards where we want to be.

NEW NOISE: NOX HOLLOWAY

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