Meet MVLHOLLAND, a promising new force to watch thanks to her debut single, 83
Produced by Mansionair's Lachlan Bostock, the track marks an exciting beginning for a brilliant artist worth watching.
We're all about introducing the world to new musicians, and MVLHOLLAND is one of the most exciting we've come across in the last few months. It's the new solo project of Bali-raised, now Byron-based musician Grace Mulholland, who has one hell of a backstory behind her that now, with her debut project, is finally seeing the light of day. She grew up between New York, L.A., London and Australia, before her family finally settled in Bali. Here, they became a go-to place to visit for close friends including Divinyls frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett, who as Grace mentions, taught her how to sing Divinyls classics as a child: "I was around very influential and powerful musicians and it just kinda made me feel like it wasn’t impossible."
It instilled a determination and drive into MVLHOLLAND that now, as the project officially launches, all comes to light. Its debut single 83 provides an exciting, introductory tease as to what to expect, moulding together this dark and cinematic feeling through hazy vocals and intricate production worked on by Mansionair's Lachlan Bostock, who has been working alongside MVLHOLLAND to flesh the project out and really give it the life it needs to make a striking debut (which, considering 83, really pays off).
Where the single truly shines, however, is in its storytelling; 83 being a daring, fictional piece about two Bonnie & Clyde-like characters on the run down Highway 83. "83 follows the story of a girl and her partner on the run down highway 83 in America," she says on the single. "The song is kind of her turning point when she realises her partner is nervous and scared of her. She decides she can keep going on her own and that she doesn’t need him even though she can’t imagine life without him."
She also explains how the song came about too, saying that it was one of the first written alongside Bostock at the beginning of MVLHOLLAND's journey. "The track was written with Lachlan Bostock in a day on my first week back home in Australia," she continues. "The chorus still seems funny to me because I was singing ‘I'll be king’ as a joke, but then decided that that is what I wanted the song to make me feel. Powerful as f*ck."
It's a powerful debut from MVLHOLLAND, and with plenty more to come, she's primed to become a future star amongst the country's ever-growing and ever-brilliant pop world. In the meantime, take a dive into her debut single below, and better introduce yourself to the one-to-watch underneath that:
Tell us about yourself?
I’m 20 years old and grew up in Bali, Indonesia. I’ve been writing music since I was 12 and singing since I was 14. I currently live in northern New South Wales and have just released my first single!!
What’s your music like? What does it sound like? What kind of themes does it usually cover?
My music is a mixture of alternative and pop. Thematically, my songs are cinematic and portray what I’m feeling along with stories I want to tell. Some songs are very personal to me while some are like scripts I’ve created.
What are your production and writing processes usually like?
I co-write with my friend Lach Bostock (Mansionair) and he helps bring my vision to life. We usually spend the day hanging out and writing songs we both love. Sometimes we start the session with a challenge or an idea.
Can you tell us a bit about your new single, 83, and its video clip?
Inspired by the Bonnie & Clyde story. We wrote it the first day Lach and I wrote together. We were really just trying to make a movie out of a song. The video really captured the essence of the song and was more than I could have ever wanted !
What do you have planned for 2021?
Lots and lots of new music! Lots and lots of shows!
More writing and getting more familiar with the sound I want to create and who I am as an artist.
What do you want people to take away from your work?
I want them to feel like I have told them a story and not left out any detail.
I want to empower and inspire people via my music.