We had the good fortune of connecting with Holander and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Holander, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I am truly love with the reciprocity that a music career provides. And art in general. It is a vehicle for social issues, empowerment, and all in all makes us feel less alone and more understood. My home growing up always put music and art at the center. You could always hear my parents playing guitar and singing downstairs, and we would watch old sitcoms and movies each night. We even had a music room in our house complete with guitars, keyboard and piano, bass, tambourines and more. Growing up in LA, I was around art all the time and I’m grateful to have been raised in a place that really respects art and takes it seriously. I started writing songs in 6th grade and it’s always been a big part of my life. I performed in musicals growing up and took countless guitar, piano, and singing lessons. In high school, I had developed some social anxiety due to the circumstances of you know, high school BS, and there were certain artists I would listen to that would make me feel powerful, confident, and free. I remember so vividly having these go-to songs that would make me feel ok about entering a social situation. They had a huge impact on my confidence and really helped me find myself. That was when I knew I wanted to pursue a music career. I wanted to create more music that did just that for people. When I make music, I of course am expressing myself, but I’m also doing it for others. I’m doing it for that teenager who is having a hard time loving themself. For the person who wants to feel free and empowered to exit a situation that is sucking their energy. I do it for you. And I think the reciprocity of it all is so beautiful: we truly all benefit from art. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In my songs, I’m always looking for the empowerment angle. I’m constantly asking myself, “How can I flip a situation that I feel powerless in and make it so I am in control? How can I help normalize something that doesn’t feel normal? How can I find a new, interesting, and fun way to say that?” I have songs about drinking boy tears, masturbating, an epiphany from when I got into a car crash, and about my love affair with music. When I’m writing— it’s gotta be fun, it’s gotta be interesting, and it’s gotta be catchy. Most of the time I’m writing the ideal version of myself in my songs, and with each song I move a little closer to that ideal version. There are endless challenges to being an artist. I think one of the biggest ones is believing in yourself when the industry doesn’t. It’s so important to surround yourself with people who will lift up your energy and can help you keep going. I think a lot of times it’s difficult for me to let my accomplishments sink in, because I’m always onto the next thing. That’s being a Capricorn for you! But it’s something that I still struggle with but think is incredibly important to success and happiness.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a big fan of the vibrant local nightlife in LA. Some of my favorite spots are an indie dance party called, “Dance Yourself Clean” at the Satellite, Geometro Party, The Friend Bar, Tenants of the Trees, School Night, and the Hi Hat. We’d also go to the beach! For food we’d go to Sugarfish, Sushi Stop, Tocaya Organica, Yamato, and In-N-Out. Melrose is super fun for shops, and I also love crystal shops. Super Thrift is my favorite down-and-dirty thrift store, and Buffalo Exchange is fun also! I love keeping it simple and chilling with my friends in an apartment, too.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents. They have supported me unconditionally since I was born, and they’ve showed me that anything is possible, giving me all the tools to achieve my dreams: from teaching me guitar, to writing great works that inspire me to keep songwriting and being creative. Oh yeah, and having loads of fun while doing it!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamholander/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamholander
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iamholander
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUYen7JoWzYmqFCnNH3nmFQ?view_as=subscriber
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6GPWcx5GbqC2iCMbmY4GtY?si=PsvC8fFbT1q97SMuPwdR8w

Image Credits
1. Mallory Turner 2. Noel Dombroski 3. Mallory Turner 4. Mallory Turner 5. Niles Gregory Gibbs 6. Mallory Turner 7. Shaina Rose Woolley 8. Mallory Turner

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