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Up-and-coming artist Kevin Holliday releases new single Dreamy, With a Brooklyn State of Mind

Kevin Holliday, a talented, unique and independent artist, based in Brooklyn, is on the rise. The versatile songwriter released his latest single, “Out of Me” and accompanying music video on Friday, and it’s the perfect song for easy summertime listening.

The new airy piece was inspired by Holliday’s experience in a long-distance “isolating” relationship, in which he found it difficult to discern what was real and imagined.

“I was locked up in my room / staring at the wall from 3 o’clock / I heard you ask ‘about me being nosy / I think I understand though” Holliday hums on the floor.

“I soak everything like a sponge,” says Holliday, who grew up in a music-loving family. The singer started making music on Garage Band as a teenager, a common hobby for kids of the internet age, but Holliday’s parents urged him to take the hobby seriously, and it took off.

In “Out of Me” Holliday says he has channeled classic R&B and soul artists such as Prince, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. As for modern influences, Holliday credits Tyler the Creator, Solange and André 3000 with the models. “Growing up, I really gravitated to artists who could be said to be just having their true experience, and I didn’t like to hold back on anything,” says Holliday.

In the song’s music video, Holliday rides through the streets of Brooklyn on a sunny day and bathes in the light of a disco ball. The surreal visual also includes scenes shot in Holliday’s family laundromat. The video is meant to symbolize the confusion between reality and fantasy that Holliday felt in her long-distance relationship.

While most aspiring musicians head to Los Angeles to kickstart their careers, Holliday is satisfied with the Brooklyn music scene for now. “Brooklyn is unique in that people are always truly willing to love to collaborate. And it’s a very common atmosphere, ”says Holliday. “Many other places I’ve visited aren’t necessarily like that.”

Although Holliday has been releasing music under his own label, Dark Gray Records, for years, has been willing to sign a major deal if he finds the “right fit:”

“I feel like in any collaboration I pursue, I just want to make sure I’m at the center,” says Holliday.

Holliday, which has opened for other up-and-coming artists like Rico Nasty and Japanese Breakfast, will be touring later this year with alternative artist Kid Bloom and plans to release her debut album in 2023.

“I want people to look back at a sound or a certain kind of way of doing things and think about me,” Holliday says of his future. “More than anything, I just want people to relate to me in a genuine way.”

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