Fred Holland


I started out playing old folk songs in 1968. I learned them from a book, learned how to finger pick, and have played consistently since then. I love making music. I love to create something that others would enjoy hearing. These days I spend a lot of time not playing anyone else' music. For me other peoples music is more difficult as I find myself constantly comparing to the original, and I'm never quite as good. I dabble in blues, ambient, folk and rock. That all said I seem drawn to ambient, electronic, experimental these days.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music to me is like all forms of art in it is a point of expression. The fun part is there are so many styles to present ideas, feelings, philosophy that I don't think we can run out of things to say and ways to say it. It gives me a way to say when words fail me.

What is your music dream?

To be heard.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

If by "the world" we are talking about humanity, I would do what I could to rid us of the self loathing that has occupied so much of our history.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Down Town

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

JD McPhearson, Andy Othling, Liquid Mind, Jean Michael Jarre, Tomita, Sean Rowe, Harry Chapin, Jean Luc Ponte, Flim and the BB's, Jason Hawke Harris

What inspires you to make music?

I don't think I've ever understood that. Just kind of happens.

What is the message you want to send with your music?


How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Terrified that I will mess up the music and what I am trying to accomplish is diminished.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

There are more possibilities now for the musician than ever. More ways to make the music. More musical voices to create.

What do you think of Drooble?

This is cool. It is a little scary for me to put anything I do out there, but with Drooble I have been encouraged by other musicians with far more talent than me. I think I have just scratched the surface of what this service offers.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Finding time to create.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Buy music when I can. Go to shows when I can. Encourage other musicians to create and enjoy the process.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

I wish I knew. But I think in part it will be to understand who you are as an artist. Don't let anyone else set musical boundaries on you. At the same time it is helpful to take criticism. Some times the critique is trying to help you.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Lower Case Noises