We had the good fortune of connecting with Holland Teed and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Holland, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is a vital part of the creative process for me. To do something that others might not understand because it feels more true to the message you want to share. Taking a risk, as a musician, could include genre-bending or experimenting with different sounds, lyrics, or themes of writing. Over the last two years I have pushed myself to take more creative risks wether that’s with my visual art or my music. during the making my EP ‘That Day We Were Walking’ , I knew I needed to do something new. I learned so much more about music production and came to the conclusion that I wanted to dive into the world of dream pop and experimental music. Of course there was the concern that the people who enjoyed my previous music would feel confused or Indifferent about the changes in style and experimentation throughout the album. I would not be able to grow without taking those necessary risks.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Boston based songwriter, producer, singer and visual artist. I found my way here from Charlotte, NC by attending Berklee College of Music, where I majored in Songwriting. I dropped out after three semester, in pursuit of accomplishing my own artistic goals. Taking time from school immediately gave me the space to figure out my very own routine and creative process. Alongside of my music, visual art has been a cathartic mainstay for my creativity, and often influences the emotional space of the music I make. Today I am most proud to share my very own body of work called ‘That Day We Were Walking’. Completing this album of five songs was such an accomplishment for me because it was fully produced, written, composed, and mixed by me and one other person I trust so incredibly much, Kenny Murray.
So often people will see your talent as a vessel for them to gain their own success, but you don’t have to let them take it from you! It is your art, It’s yours! In the case of this project we were able to maintain the emotional and experimental integrity by learning to produce on our own.
I hope that anyone who comes across this project can feel how raw in emotion these songs really are.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take my friend to the Boston Commons or the Charles River Esplanade for a lay in the sun and a picnic. If the weather is rough(Boston can be so unpredictable sometimes) I would take them to the MFA Boston to get lost in the many floors of art they have there. As much as I love being out in the city, we would most likely just make our way back to my place in Brighton, to listen to some great music and talk or play a game of cards. I love spending my time surrounded by nature and art and music so any chance I get to share that with a friend, I will! other places I love taking my friends to:
Lucky Strike: for Bowling, drinks, and the tastiest of fries.
The Garment District: for two floors thrift heaven
Veggie Galaxy: for some good ass vegan food
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Firstly, I want to give a shoutout to my partner Kenny Murray. Together we produced my debut record ‘That Day We Were Walking’ and in that time Kenny had his whole head and heart in the project right along side me. I am grateful for the countless hours he spent producing, re-arranging, mixing and making my visions come to life. I can’t wait to share more of the music we have been working on together. I love you Kenny!
I would also like to give an extra shout out to one of my biggest musical inspirations, Sufjan Stevens.
Stevens has shown me the importance of risk taking and speaking from the deepest parts of the heart. I want to make music that inspires others to do the same.