There is something brewing down under. And it has for a long time now. So check out HOLLOW WORLD before they explode unto the world. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Writing and recording a full length album was a huge step up in terms of workload and attention to detail when compared to our previous two EP’s. I’m incredibly proud of what we achieved with the album, but for us it was just the start. That was the first time we really cemented ourselves and found ‘our sound’ so to speak and whilst we are always evolving as musicians I feel that our core element has really been identified and solidified. I am incredibly excited in exploring the intricacies further and developing the Hollow World sound further.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Hollow World was originally born from the ashes of Wychbury hill, of which on Michael Truscott (Guitars) was an original member, we decided that with such a vastly different lineup it was fitting to redefine the band and start fresh. One of the hardest parts of starting a band really is in coming up with an original and interesting name. We spent an agonizingly long time testing out names and ideas only to google them and then find out that they were already taken. At one point Hodgo (drums) just said “What about Hollow World?”, so we searched it up and found no bands were using it. We all thought it was acceptable… there was no reason not to! I’d love to say that there was a deeper story or meaning but it was really just a case of settling on something unique which we could all agree on.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It’s still sometimes super surreal, hearing from people who we have never met before that they’ve been following our material for years it a real honor. We’ve had a few people reach out to us and let us know that our songs got them through tough times in their lives and it’s so humbling, sometimes you forget how powerful the internet can be in spreading your music to the far reaches of the globe.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Our image is our brand, but it’s not something we’ve ever decided upon, we’re just ourselves. We like to have fun, we like to do dumb things and we love music, I think anyone viewing our social media would find all of this pretty easy to spot… especially given some of the content that makes it to our tour videos. We take music very seriously, but we don’t take ourselves seriously at all. If you can’t have a laugh at your own expense then life is suddenly a lot less fun.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-You know the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well I do, and I also judge cheap wine and metal CD’s by their artwork as well! A musical release isn’t just about the actual music, the visual aspect is a very integral part of the package. This isn’t only cover art but also band photos and videos too, if you can catch people’s eyes with compelling and interesting visuals then you;ve got a greater chance of them taking the time to listen to your product, but more than that too, you have the chance to really transport an attentive listener into the universe in which you’ve created.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Absolutely. Social media is a terribly sharp double edged sword, you can gain fans from all over the world and get your content cheaply and quickly to new audiences. But social media is also a great way to foster unhealthy dependencies to a phone. I often find myself checking my socials when I’m hanging out with family or friends, even when I haven’t seen them in quite a long time. It can get so bad that it interferes with sleeping patterns and workloads, something to be very keenly aware of and to take proactive steps in managing,
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
– Without a shadow of a doubt yes. The vast majority of my friends are people who I have met as a direct result of the music scene. It brings together likeminded individuals who share a deep love for something which I am able to relate to. The music community (particularly here in Melbourne) is something I am grateful for every single day.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-I think our scene is probably healthier than it has ever been, people from all walks of life are accepted and welcomed without judgment, shows are plentiful and the amount of high quality bands is staggering! There’s nothing more we could ask for.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We play quite a few shows and tours outside of Victoria (our home state) these days, although Australia is a hard place to break free from in the international scheme. We are a very remote location, flights to Europe or America are very costly and finding an agent to take you on for the first time is a challenge. However determination is key!
What will the future bring?
-More music, more tours (hopefully international) and loads more laughs. We all have such a blast being in a band, it’s what we live for.