We had the good fortune of connecting with Hollei Day and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hollei Day, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Music is written in my code and it just became unavoidable that I had to choose this path. I think you when you truly passionate about something even through all the pain and rejection, you come right back to it. It just is. Music is me. I know I do this because I have to. I gave everything else a fair shot. Nothing can make me feel the way music does.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I like to say that my music is an alternative form of hip-hop. My base is hip-hop and EDM with some tribal elements. I am a rapper first and foremost, but I do like to mix singing and explore other styles to create my own sound. I create music that is lit but also very intentional. Getting to this place was not easy (mentally and artistically). I had to filter through alot of people to find a solid team. It’s hard to find people who are genuine, have your best interest and that align with your vision.-All-in-one. Sometimes we get lost in wanting the success and start comprising our art or questioning our direction. I had to really reflect and refocus many times. I wish I could make music just about love and happiness and all the rainbows. But there’s alot of healing, relating and empowerment that I need and the world needs. There are stories and voices that need to be heard. And I am going to make sure that everything that makes me who I am has a place in my music.-Whether that’s being a mom or being polyamorous. I am an Asian American women in hip-hop and I demand my space. My music doesn’t always have to be about the struggle to be apart of the movement or the cause. I need to be able to exist just as an artist too. But I also have to break barriers as well.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Loz Feliz is one of my favorite parts of town. I love the pace in that area and there’s alot to do. It’s got an energetic but not overwhelming vibe about it. I also love the Original Farmer’s Market & The Grove combo. I could support local and get a unique experience and also do some high-end retail therapy. Everyone knows about Venice Beach but I feel like locals and tourist both enjoy it for many reasons.-It’s so vibrant there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to everyone that I met at “Our Mic” It was an open mic that created a great community. I was pretty new to L.A. at the time and it was a safe space for me to grow. I met so many different people and made some life long friends.