I used to wonder if it was God’s plan that I should be alone for so much of my life. But I found peace. I found happiness within people and the world. So there is a sad tone, but also real joy. It seemed like a mix of two beautiful worlds coming together.
These guys from Liverpool; Joe Sloan
(Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Matt Cartwright (Lead Guitar), Harry Parr (Bass) and
Alex Rothwell (Drums) started The Holograms in September of 2016 and are doing everything
ignoring every single cliche of the music industry right now to capture the
classic rock and roll essence as they create their own massive catchy style
with songs like “Breath or Burn” that have this deep expressive
melody to listen over and over again or “Anxiety” an excellent
composition with a very well handled guitar’s work…Can we appreciate that for
a minute? This band has an amazing construction on guitars and drums followed
by a powerfull bass and Joe’s fascinating voice. Their track “Loose
Mind” it’s such a clear -and great- example of it.
Go to their
gigs, listen to their songs and give them a chance, I’m sure you won’t regret
it. These guys have everything you want to hear in a band.
Now a little interview I did to Mr.
Nice to meet you. Please, tell us about yourBiggest influences?
Hello, nice to meet you. I would say John
Lennon, Tame impala, Mac demarco, Last Shadow Puppets, Stone Roses.
the creating process? Who writes the songs?
I’ll usually write a song on an acoustic
guitar then demo it in Matt’s flat (as he has a small studio set up so we can
see what needs adding and how we can develop it as a song. I write the majority
of the songs but Matt will every now and then contribute a song or two.
Would you rather to captivate the classic rock and roll essence or create
something completely different?
Creating something completely
different whilst being influenced by classic rock n roll would be ideal.
I think the band is already doing it! What do you think is the biggest
challenge in the music scene right now?
I think the biggest challenge for us
as a band is creating a big enough fan base to start travelling the country.
Once we have the backing of the right people such as, management, promoters etc
this will start to become possible.
already on the road for it so that’s the first step! Where do you see the band
in five years? Musically and professionally, Do you think you’ll change a lot
The dream an the goal is to be signed
to a label who appreciates and enjoys the music we create. I would also love to
have an album out that represents us as a band and really captures a moment in
I believe with time we’ll all change,
hopefully it’s for the better but you never know. I hope we stick together an
keep making music we love.
the most important, have a dream, a goal and go for it as you keep the real
essence of the band. I know you guys will make it! What’s your biggest goal as
My biggest goal as a musician is the
write songs that I’m proud of and that will make people notice us as a band.
Also, to have people singing my songs back to me would just be absolutely mind
you think your lyrics are based on something special?
My lyrics are based usually on
experiences I have had, when I broke up with my ex I ended up writing a load of
songs off the back of that experience but now I tend to base them off more mysterious
can say that’s good because people can relate easily…I’m anxious to read the new
Finally, what do you like to keep as a band? What do you think is the main
factor that defines you?
The main factor is that we believe in
the tunes we are writing, if you don’t believe in the tunes you’re writing then
you’ll never make it. I also believe that working hard together as a band is so
important, it has to be the main priority in your life.
We got an early cut of The Ghost Of You and showed it to a friend - I’ll never forget this - we showed it to a friend on the bus when we were on Warped Tour, and he’s watching the scene where Mikey gets shot and he’s dying. Ray’s trying to save him and our friend is going ‘goddammit, Ray, save him, save him!’, and he’s yelling, and he’s crying - and we were just laughing.
Enter a world full of pastels and light airy illustrations that will make you feel a range of emotions you can’t even explain. Meet SARLIS, the artist behind this stunning work seemingly pulled from a Ghibli film, the style is unique and fresh, you just have to take a second to breath when viewing her portfolio.
Could you introduce yourself?
I’m Sarah Lasater, freelance artist and creator of Sarlis. I operate a mini business out of my tiny apartment in Washington, DC, but mostly try to enjoy life and take things as they come.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
I tend to have a calm and optimistic perspective about life, and most of the things I draw reflect that. I try to notice the subtle details in people and the environment because they make me the happiest.
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the art industry?
It’s hard to say nowadays because amazing artists exist everywhere, but I think my particular style has developed a lot over the past year or two and people notice that the most. I’m also a landscape architect, so I have a keen interest in plant palettes and urban design.
Could you give our readers any advice when it comes to opening their own shop? Do you have any key pieces of advice?
Let it inspire you! The best thing about running an online shop is that I am always thinking about the next thing I want to create – it’s basically an endless cycle. Creating my store set being a full-time artist in motion for me.
Who are the characters in your work? Could you introduce us to a few of your dearest OCs?
I tend to draw new characters with every illustration, although they are all in a way variations of myself or the people around me. I draw people as a way to express how I feel at the moment, or where I’ve been, or what I want to wear. It took me a long time to realize that!
Could you tell us a bit about your use of color? What do the specific colors that are most prominent in your work mean to you?
Using a light color palette is like looking at life through rose-colored glasses. It’s a way for me to show how I see the world in an optimistic, dreamy sort of way. I’ve recently come to love black and white as well and the simplicity of it.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
I try to spend as much time as I can out in the sun. I take advantage of nice days by going on walks around the city or bringing a sketchbook to a coffee shop. I get stuck in art block as much as anyone else, but being outside always refreshes my energy. I try to work out a lot and drink tea too, which helps!
What’s a typical day for you?
Wake up early, eat cereal, work on commissions, various personal projects, restocking for conventions, and whatever else I need to do. I’ll usually take a break and grab lunch somewhere new or walk to a coffee shop in the afternoon. I get to spend a lot of time with my boyfriend Will during the day, which is super nice. Work more, gym, cook dinner and probably watch a movie, play a video game, or go to a show. Life is nice right now!
What are some of your goals for 2016? Where do you see yourself in the future?
I hope to follow through with some cool projects and collaborations with other artists. I’m going to be at a lot of conventions over the next year, so I want to continue creating new apparel, zines, and illustrations. I like to think I’ll be able to continue pursuing whatever artistic challenge I create for myself in the future as well as right now.
What makes you happy?
Fruit, earl grey tea, house plants, taking walks, meeting new people, big dogs, breakfast, bath bombs, gel pens, lots of simple things! But more than anything, I’m happy trying to pursue my goals and explore.
Any closing comments?
It can be very hard to do exactly what you want to do, but if you put your whole self into it it’s worth it! Work hard and love life!