In less than a year, Holly Humberstone has become one of the UK’s greatest revolutionary artists.
His debut EP “Falling Asleep At the Wheel” arrived in the summer of 2020 and was critically acclaimed; she received second place in the BBC Sound of 2021 poll, included the UK BBC Radio 1 list and was featured on Amazon Music’s Ones to Watch 2021.
With over 100 million streams to her name to date, the 21-year-old has also previously performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Late Show with James Corden.
His new single ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’ has just been released – so we caught up with him to find out more about his influences and inspirations.
1. What music did you listen to growing up that you still listen to today?
I was very lucky to grow up with two parents with incredible musical tastes. The music was literally always playing in the house or in the car on the way to school and it was stuff across the spectrum. We’ve listened to everything from Damien Rice, Bon Iver and Radiohead, to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin – so I’m really inspired by so much music and very, very grateful to have had such cool parents. I think it influenced me so much as a kid that I never really stopped listening to it. Damien Rice has probably been one of my favorites since I was about six years old.
2. In three words, describe the minute before going on stage.
Extreme intense anxiety.
3. How do you relax after a concert?
There really is no better feeling after a gig than opening a beer and feeling like you really deserve it. You have so much adrenaline and I’m never willing to call it a night right after a set, so this is the best time for my friends to hang out after.
4. Which song would you like to have written or recorded first?
There are so many songs that I would have loved to write, but if I had to pick one it would probably be Phoebe Bridgers’ “Motion Sickness”. I just think it has the catchiest chorus but also the personal lyrics that I love and really connect with.
5. You can only have three albums on your phone / home at a time – which three would you choose today?
Today is a rainy day so I would choose:
‘New Ways’ by Leif Vollebek’
Capacity by Big Thief
‘O’ by Damien Rice
6. Name a record, book, and movie that everyone should hear / read / watch.
The disc is “OK Computer” by Radiohead. I can’t really describe why, but it’s a masterpiece.
The book I choose is “The Hobbit” because it’s my favorite thing and I never get bored.
The movie I chose is ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, because it’s so sweet and pure and just good, happy vibes.
7. Choose the director and the main actors for a biopic on your life.
I would love to have Baz Luhrmann live and for actor probably Saoirse Ronan because I think she’s the coolest.
8. You order take out, what do you get?
It really depends on how I feel on the day. Today I would choose something heartwarming like pizza because you can’t really go wrong with Italian.
9. Describe your ideal day off.
For my perfect day, I think I would tour all my sisters and friends and have a little party in my backyard. It’s simple but this is what I missed the most about the lockdown. I feel like we would have a lot of catching up to do and I would really love to eat some great food and dance with them for a day!
10. Tell us, in one sentence, why we should come to your next concert (if any).
I’ve never even acted on a flagship show before, so I already know how special and meaningful it will be for me to finally play one. After a year without concerts, I don’t think people will have an excuse not to come !! We all need to make up for lost time and I personally swear to never say no to another social event again!
BONUS QUESTION: Recommend a podcast and tell us why we should subscribe to it.
I highly recommend NPR’s ‘Invisibilia’ podcast. They tell these crazy stories about human behavior and every episode is captivating and it will really change your life – trust me!
“The walls are too thin” is out now.