Interview With Holding Poison

What was the beginning pint for your music career? 

Matt: In general? Probably the first time i picked up a guitar. That was where it all started for me 

Jack: Same story my end really, I think as soon as I started learning to play I knew it was what I wanted to do. 

How did it all start?

This particular project started out as a 2020 Lockdown project, Something to keep us amused, and as we had time it made sense to use it wisely! 

Was there any bumps on the road? 

Not really, maybe a few delays here and there but on a whole its worked quite well 

What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?

The biggest challenge was the lockdowns which meant we’d have to try and navigate through them, as to when we could record. Wasn’t too much of an issue though as we were under no time constraints.

What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?

I think the Live session we did back in April of this year (which you can find on our youtube channel). They came out so well that we decided to released the session as an Album on streaming platforms (The Warehouse Session) – go check it out! 

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

The bulk of what we have released is Rock/Hard Rock. We’ve just released a new single which is a lot lighter, more of a feel good track. That was the plan with it being a stand-alone single, try and do something different! 

What is your creative process like?

9/10 it starts with Matt having a basis of a song, a shell which is made up of basic drums, bass and rhythm guitar – maybe a vocal melody too. Then it goes through the stages of Jack adding and tweaking parts, Joe sorting the drums and then vocals/harmonies and anything else such as percussion comes last. 

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Not necessarily the industry’s fault but it’s so hard to make money out of original music these days. Streaming services pay next to nothing and I think the payment for our last gig was barely enough for a round of drinks. I suppose nobody gets into music to make money though…

If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?

Enjoy what you are doing, The rest doesn’t really matter. It’s too easy to suck all the fun out of bands and forget why you are doing them. 

What has been the best performance of your career so far?

Matt: Tough one as it depends how you look at it, a show with no mistakes is a great one or a show where the crowd is on it is a great one so to say ‘best performance’ i think it does really depend. No show is the same though! 

Jack: Both the band and the venue are ancient history now but I remember super early on in my career we sold out The Square in Harlow which sadly isn’t there anymore. The atmosphere was just crazy and everyone was super up for it. A packed venue singing your songs back to you is always fun. 

If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?

Matt: We currently have full time jobs, doing music full time is always the goal but you need cash to do life!

Jack: I work for an acoustic consultancy, so it’s very loosely related to music. Full time music is always the dream though. 

What is new with the band at the moment? 

So we released a brand new single on the 3rd December, It’s called Destination, Same Old. It’s fresh and it’s different from our other stuff. Definitely worth a listen!

What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?

We are always writing so although we have just released a new single, we are very much looking forward and talking about what to bring out next! The best thing is to keep your eyes on our social media pages as that’s where the updates on what we are doing will be!

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