Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ holychild

Photo by Shervin Lainez

Every Time I Fall is a brand new piece of playful bubblegum pop brought to us by Los Angeles duo holychild. The new track is taken off of their upcoming Mindspeak EP which is scheduled for release on March 4th via Glassnote. With a North American release tour quickly approaching, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with holychild’s genuine and energetic Liz Nistico and Louie Diller about their recent signing to Glassnote Records, fond moments of 2013, and they share a secret.

AMBY: Hello holychild. Cheers for speaking with us today and congratulations on your recent signing to Glassnote Records! What do you have in store to celebrate the occasion?

Liz: Thank you! Yeah we’re so happy about Glassnote. We had a nice celebration dinner, and after that we’re really excited to finally make art for a living. Therefore, we’re pretty much celebrating by both tackling art from different angles. We wrote a bunch of new music and I just directed our next set of music videos. It feels so good to not have a day job tying us down anymore!

AMBY: Your debut EP Mindspeak comes out in March of this year. What can fans expect to hear from the EP?

Louie: Folks can expect to hear a couple jams we’ve already self-released, but a couple more we’ve been saving for the right time and place to drop them. Thinking with our label situation/team in place, now’s the time to go for it! While the other new songs are in the same vain as what we have out now, and basically still pop, they’re definitely more exploratory though and reveal our more experimental tendencies. I am arguably most excited though by the short film we shot earlier this month for the EP, which will accompany the EP release in early March. That is something I think will help distinguish us from every other indie-pop group out now.

AMBY: Where did the name holychild come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?

Liz: The name came from a sweatshirt I was given on a spontaneous and ill-clad trip I took to NYC. It just said HOLY CHILD on the back in huge letters, and I thought it was amazing. I wore it for about a year, before we even had the idea of doing a music project together, and by the time we needed a name it was actually the only thing suggested.

AMBY: You have a North American tour in March. What’s the craziest thing to happen to holychild while on stage?

Liz: We played a show on a boat during CMJ 2013, and that was pretty insane. The guys in our band were all having trouble hitting their instruments, and I was literally falling all over the place. It ended up being a really fun show! I couldn’t tell if the audience was drunk or just really getting down, so I was laughing the whole time.

Louie: ^ one of our most fun shows ever.

AMBY: How would you describe each other in one word?

Liz: Wow, only one word? Lou is genuine. He is really sincere in everything he says, does, and makes.

Louie: Liz is a firecracker! But a positive one, not a destructive one (hope that makes sense)! She truly emanates boundless energy, love and light; and shares this all with the world.

AMBY: Which of your influences would you love to have a jam session with?

Liz: Kimbra or Fiona Apple. I’m into girl power these days.

Louie: Ditto Liz, but OutKast, Thelonious Monk (if he were alive) and Andrew Bird would be way fun to jam with too.

AMBY: Which other artists from Los Angeles should we keep our eyes on?

Liz: We are particularly into our friends in Body Parts, and our good friend Moses Sumney. We also dig De Lux, and if you’re into pop, we are digging Shilo Gold.

Louie: Body Parts and Moses Sumney for sure. But my older bro Martin has a new project with a renaissance man/friend of ours named Raffi called Shape King, which is like Gorillaz + music conservatory = nerds on parade. Since I am a fellow nerd, I have been loving the noise they’ve been making, and think they’re onto something really special.

AMBY: You recently wrote that “this past year has been crazy”. What was one of the best 2013 moments you experienced?

Liz: 2013 was such a whirlwind. For me, this is my first band and music project, so really everything I’m doing is a virginal experience, more or less. The year was crazy because we started out on our own, with full time day jobs and very little money, and somehow we recorded some music and shot a video and released it. It’s always nerve-wracking to release your own art, so it felt so nice when our song Happy With Me received 100,000 plays in one week. It was actually surreal. At that point we didn’t have a manger or label or agent, and we also did not have any money. It was laughable to go to dinners and lunches with a bunch of really awesome people trying to work with us, because that was the only way we were able to eat food for a little while. It was all a roller coaster, and it seems like it’s not going to end in 2014!

Louie: Yeah, one of the best moments was when “Happy With Me” went to #1 on the HypeMachine, and to see how strong the reaction was in general. But more important than all the hype, buzz, label, etc, was the creative validation that came with it. We did feel like we were onto something when writing and producing these new songs, but you still never know how your art will be received and simply how life is going to work out when you’re in the creative process. So it has been a dream come true to say the least to have this type of creative validation, especially when moving forward to recording our debut full length album next month at our dream studio in LA :)

AMBY: What was the best release of 2013?

Liz: Acid Rap by Chance the Rapper, he is killin’ it.

Louie: Nice choice ^ but I got to go with Sing to the Moon by Laura Mvula. That album just hit me on so many different levels, it made me want to cry, write, laugh and shout. There are not enough major label records coming out these days that engender such emotion unfortunately.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about holychild that nobody knows yet?

Liz: holychild was such a confused project when we first started. We recorded a bunch of jazz songs, and actually rearranged and put lyrics to “All Blues” by Miles Davis. It’s not until our current EP that I feel we’re really come to terms with who we are and what we want to make.

Louie: Ditto Liz. I do not think most folks really know how much we’re influenced by, which is exciting, since they’re so many different things we want to say, that I think it’ll take at least several albums of music until we’re near done saying what we have to say; and obviously what we have to say will evolve with time too, so I reckon will be making noise for sometime now long story short.


Thank you holychild, for giving us your answers!

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