In Conversation with Australia’s hottest new export Daily Holla

We might have a little bit of a crush on Daily Holla aka Harry Deadman. The Gold Coast producer is not only a total babe, but also has recently fared out on his own to launch his solo project. His latest release is the emotionally charged single “Waves” that we can’t stop hitting the repeat button on. It’s a much needed dose of chilled out electronica that’s brimming with juicy ambience.

We had a chance to chat with Harry to talk about “Waves,” his dream collaborations and much more.

FAULT Magazine: As the producer for Gold Coast, what was it that made you want to release solo material?
Daily Holla: I moved up to the Gold Coast from my home town of Adelaide in late 2014 to study at University, and have been based here since. I have always loved to write my own music. I first got into guitar when I was about twelve after my best friend bought a blue Fender Squire. At the time I thought it was the coolest thing ever, so the next day I raced out and got a Peavey guitar starter pack. I didn’t even really like music at the time. I played in a band during high school and was always wanting to write all the music, and would often show fully completed songs at practice, rather than just a riff to jam off. So working on my own music came as a natural progression. I love being in a studio and mucking around with all forms of sound, seeing where I can take something and placing it into somewhat of a structured song.

FAULT: What can we expect from the forthcoming EP?
DH: ‘the HYPERCOLOUR collection EP’, as the title suggests, is a collection of tracks that I have made over the past year. I am still at a stage where I am experimenting with lots of different sounds and ideas, to see what sits in the Daily Holla universe. Not that I ever want to have a ‘sound’ that I am limited to. At a basic level, the EP delves into the combination of guitar and electronic production. I am not the greatest guitarist in the world by a long stretch, so I like treating the guitar as a tool to either create washy pads or grab small samples. I feel that my biggest strength is recognising the potential in a sound, whether it’s a mistake on a guitar or synth, or something I have recorded on my phone, most of the time it can all be used!

FAULT: Who are some of your dream collaborations?
DH: There are so many people I would love to work with! I follow so many musicians, producers and artists on Instagram, all of whom inspire me to create more work every day. People like Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Trent Reznor and Kaytranada all inspire me in different ways, and I would love to sit in a studio with any one of them and try to just take it all in! If I was pressed, I’d have to say that the artist I would most love to work with, would be John Gourley of Portugal. The Man. Again, I would love to sit in a room with the whole Portugal. The Man guys and watch them create their music.

FAULT: What do you hope people take away from listening to your music?
DH: I am so focussed on making the next song, or the next video for a track, that I sometimes forget the music I make is for people to listen to! I still don’t know if people really do listen to it yet haha. Maybe I will believe it I ever hear it played somewhere and I’m like ‘Oh, I made that!’

I hope that people can enjoy it and want to listen to it again, or show their friends. That may sound silly, but I myself am still working it all out, and what I want the music to represent. I hope the EP will provide people with something that feels real and genuine, as all six tracks were written to represent different events or situations in my life over the past year as I’ve finished up University and progressed into the big, scary ‘real world’.

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