I know that you have been playing with a band more recently, would you say that that has had a direct impact on your style?
I think hearing my songs played with a band has definitely shaped how I have gone about writing the parts. Its been cool playing with a rock band, as opposed to being a solo project. It has definitely helped it.
Would you be more open to touring with a band now or would you want to tour solo?
I'd like to tour with a band to back me up. I would love to hit places where people are connected to my music.
Would you want to have more a collective vibe or a set pool of musicians that you would play with each time?
I kind of think a collective would be really cool, because I like seeing different people and what they have to bring to each song. I find that keeping a band together is super hard because there are some that are undecided about this and that and then there are just so many opinions being thrown into the mix. I like working with people and having their input, but I know when to step in if I need to. For the most part I listen to what they have to say, because sometimes it comes out being a better project than it was.
What would you say is your favorite song that you have written?
Keep On Moving On, for sure. I usually open with this song and have been for the solo sets that I did this past Summer and it just means a lot to me. I took all the struggles that helped to shape me over the past couple of years and I just would use "keep on moving on" as my motto. My grandpa, who passed this year, also would use that as his motto, so that makes it even more special to me. So, I took his experiences and my own and ended up writing this song a night before a show. It just sort of came to me.
To wrap it up, what would you say is your favorite lyric? Doesn't necessarily have to be your own, but what would you say is a lyric that really resonates with you?
It's funny actually, I recently went to see William Clark Green and he has a lyric from a song about being a songwriter called "Next Big Thing." The lyric is "it's insane, what you do for a broken heart and busted strings." I think that it just makes me think more about how I want to take (being a musician) on as more of a full-time job.
I got the lovely opportunity of meeting up with a close friend of mine who happens to be an amazing songwriter this past weekend to interview him on his upcoming EP and his songwriting process. Holden Dixon, formally known as Seaborn, is one of the most talented songwriters to come through Montreat College and to have worked with him has been such a treasure. This write up is the first of many interviews to come, so we hope you enjoy it.
When did you start writing music? Creative process?
I was 1, maybe 15 when I first started. I was just kind of messing around.
My creative process is sort of just when I am jamming. The tune comes first and then the lyrics come later. Sometimes its the other way around, where I write the lyrics while working on something completely random and it just fits, so I just add them together.
Are you currently working on anything new?
Yes! I have a new EP that I am working on called The Dixon EP. It's going to be released in January, on my birthday actually. The songs from this EP are a little more sentimental and based off of my experiences. I've been wanting to do it for a while now and it will be my first release as Holden Dixon. So, its the perfect time.
So, its sort of an ode to this last chapter and a kickstart of what is to come next. Would you say thats true?
Yes, definitely! Its made up of songs that I've written throughout the past four years that mean something special to me.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it?
I'd like to think that I have sort of a style that pieces an acoustic guitar with instruments that it doesn't normally tend to go with. I think a good way to describe it is that it is more of an acoustic-driven alternative pop. Recently, I've been starting to get a little rocky recently.
Is there a reason why you're starting to dip into the rock genre?
Well, over the years I tend to switch which genre I'm into more. I'm really influenced by a lot of classic rock and over the course of the past six-seven years, I've been getting more into synth-pop and folk rock, so I've sort of shaped my own style.
What band would you say that you draw the most inspiration from and would compare your overall tone to?
I would say that Kodaline is a close relative to the type of music that I am making.
I would like to say a special thank you to Holden Dixon for meeting with me!
Listen to "Keep On Moving On" here ->
Watch Holden Dixon performing live below!