In this week’s interview I got the chance to interview an upcoming musician and actress, Holliday! I came across Holliday’s Instagram a little while back and I immediately knew I wanted to feature her on 1.11ven! Holliday shared everything from her creative process, her inspirations, to her self-care routine. Read the full interview below to learn more about this powerful, beautiful, spiritual, radical artist!
Who is Holliday? What do you want to be known for in this lifetime?
My dad called me a “spiritual, radical type” and I’ve been rocking with that biography ever since. I only pray that my fearless pursuit for a balanced, honest, and happy life can inspire others to accept nothing less than everything that they dream of. Some blessings fall before you, and some you have to fight tooth and nail to receive. I hope my art can be a constant reminder that every part of you, even the dark ones are important and beautiful. Constantly strive to heal. Life is to be lived. You are your own. You make the rules.
Who/What inspired you to become an artist?
Ever since I can remember, I got my greatest joy from telling stories. Early on I realized there are several different ways to do that. The written word, lyrics to music, skits performed for my build-a-bears. My parents told me I was four years old standing in front of the TV, watching the Remember The Time video attempting every move, screeching every note. I used to go to this store down the street from my house, called The Video Library and rent every Michael Jackson music video and live performance. Michael lit the spark in me. Then Michael turned into Led Zeppelin, Prince, Diana Ross, Queen, Sade, and the list goes on.
What does your creative process look like when it comes to creating music? Are you into songwriting, producing, etc.?
I’m a writer so my phone and notebooks are filled with one liners and half written poems and I’ll get melodies stuck in my head and quickly just scroll through the phone or flip through all of the pages until the words jump out at me and into the melody. As for producing, I’ve produced before but I don’t really have the patience for it so I like to build with a producer. If I can’t pick up the instrument and show them, I’ll hum, beatbox, bang the rhythm out on the desk until they can grab my vision and then I love when they make it their own. I had the privilege of doing that for Send Me Love with Derek Walton.
Are there any other musicians and/or creatives you’d want to collab with in the near future? *let’s speak it into existence*
Yo, definitely James Blake, Frank Ocean, and Bbymutha. I mean, not all on one track. Actually, wait, that would be fire. And the entire cast of How To Get Away With Murder. Like, let me take one class at Middleton Law School.
Favorite women of color to follow on Instagram?
One time I scrolled through Ava Duvernay’s page and just cried haha, she’s incredible. I went to college for acting and she became so important to me during those years. I’ve been following Vashtie since I made an instagram and she is always a mood. Also, yes Zoe Kravitz, and wow badgalriri always.
Who is Holliday listening to? Favorite artists/album right now?
I’ve been listening to Rosalía’s new album, El Mal Querer, non-stop. Her sound is so inspiring and ground breaking. She’s from Spain and her sound is based in flamenco but she’s constantly bending genre and revolutionizing sound. Also, Meek Mill’s new album, Championships. Fire from top to bottom. I’m from Philly so that’s important.
Any self-care tips you use to stay looking so bomb!?
Wow, thank you sis. This concept is still new to me, but truly just listen to your body. If you have an overwhelming feeling that you’re too tight or stiff, it’s probably your body begging for a stretch. Literally can’t move out of the bed? Rest. And keep all of your products and food as natural as possible.
What was your 1.11ven moment/breakthrough moment when you realized you could do anything you set out to do?
I read a lot of comic books growing up. I love superheroes but something always struck me about Batman. I loved that he was saving so many lives but he was human. He didn’t claim to be a superhero, but that through his darkness he found his purpose. I remembering thinking oh wow, humanity is a power. I can do anything. Later in life I learned his superpower was rich straight white male privilege but that’s another story.
If you could give a young girl or boy pursuing music one piece of advice, what would you tell her?
Learn all of the rules so you can break them!
Where can everyone go to keep up with your music?
My instagram! @themayaholliday. The link on my page will link you to all things music.
Are there any upcoming projects that we can expect to see you flourish in?
I’m working on another single, and some visuals that I’m super excited to drop. Some acting things are coming out soon too. I’m also in a band called Dr. Medicine, and we just dropped an EP titled They Accused Us of Dancing. Everything is kind of happening at once but if you ask, you shall receive.
Holliday’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themayaholliday/
Stream Holliday’s Music: https://song.link/i/1442365526
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