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Life & Work with Hollie Sikes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hollie Sikes.

Hi Hollie, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
It’s hard to trace my “story” back to the beginning because, like many musicians before me, I’ve been writing songs since elementary school! I’ve always been a writer to some degree, and songwriting falls in with that.

In high school, I started a band with a few friends and wrote off and on during and after that time, but I’d say music became a serious pursuit once I got to college. I hadn’t played in a while, but I went through a lot of big changes as I went into my sophomore year and it felt natural to go back to music.

Everything on the path has kind of felt haphazard – my first EP blossomed out of an impulse trip to record a single, I feel as though I’ve stumbled into every gig I’ve been blessed with, and I have a lot of musical friends who propel me along – but I’m starting to feel like I’ve got my feet planted!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I’ve been very fortunate in that there haven’t been too many bumps. I’m a full-time student, so most of the time music can only happen outside of other obligations, and honestly, I wish I could do more.

Everyone I’ve gotten to work with, both in the recording process and in playing live, has been so flexible and willing to accommodate my difficult schedule. I really think that’s made all the difference!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Well, technically speaking, I’m currently getting my Bachelor of Architecture at The University of Tennessee Knoxville and design is a big part of my life.

That being said, I also think of myself as a writer, and most of my free time that’s not dedicated to design is dedicated to writing, whether it be music, poetry, or something more in the realm of the long-form. Truly I feel like my lyrics are what draw people to my music.

There’s nothing more satisfying to me than a good string of words, especially when they’re vulnerable or honest. I try to channel that honesty and vulnerability into my songs, and I get the impression that it comes across clearly, which is a big relief!

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
Honestly, I still feel like I’m just starting out! But something I try to remind myself of often is that there really is so much time.

I get caught up in circles where I feel like everything has to happen immediately or as soon as possible, and it can feel like I’m not going anywhere. I’m only 21, though, and my first record came out a little over a year ago, so really I haven’t been at this very long at all!

Taking a deep breath and calling yourself out when you start to spiral is invaluable. There is so much time! Pace yourself!!

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