I first started listening to Peter Hollens’ music two years ago when his Disney Medley video first went online. In the time since, I have enjoyed the videos he has posted. And I was not alone in enjoying them. When I first came up with the idea of interviewing different creatives on their creative process, Peter Hollens was one of the first people I thought to ask. And he was kind enough to grant me an interview and was so pleasant and polite through the entire process. I look forward to listening to his future projects.
If you received a million dollars, no strings attached, what would change in regards to your music?
Honestly, I don’t think anything would change really…Maybe more traveling
Tell me about your creative space, what are some parts of it that are absolutely necessary and what makes it you?
My studio is in my own house, in my “garage” actually. Nothing spectacular about it. It’s my man cave.
What is your favorite part of the creative process?
Recording the parts and hearing it come together in the studio is one of my favorite aspects of my workflow. The other would be shooting the video, it’s so fun to finally get to work with other people when so much of my work happens alone.
When you hit a wall, what do you do to get out of it?
I’m always learning and growing. I don’t usually hit a wall, but if I do, thankfully I have friends and family that always push me forward.
What does your average day look like?
Wake up, be with my wife and kid, check emails, social media platforms, have a meeting or two with people I work with or patrons, work in the studio, eat either at home or go out to eat.
Think back to when you first started producing and look at now. What has changed, what has stayed the same with how you work on your music?
My workflow has changed. Before it was a little scattered, now it’s consistent. I have an awesome team that I work with which has made an impact on my work that I didn’t always have before.
What are a few things that inspire you?
Initially my inspiration to sing came from something inside of me… every time I’m happy I sing, no matter where I am….. Other than that my inspirations come from my family, my wonderful wife who keeps me balanced, and my cheerful little son who brings a smile to my face. The inspiration to continue making music almost entirely comes from my amazing supporters. I get so much amazing feedback by emails, and comments that what I am doing is making a real positive influence on people who listen…. So in the end I get my inspiration from YOU!
Depending on what project you’re working on, how does your creative process change?
My process never really changes, here’s the process: Concept –> Arrangement —> Recording — Recording editing — Recording mixing —> Recording Mastering —> video concept —> video shoot —> video editing —> video coloring —-> video release —> promotion/distribution —-> rinse and repeat.
Looking to the future, do you see anything changing with how you write or is there anything you want to change with your music?
I want to now really see if I can help as many other musicians and artists as possible… Help them find the right companies to use, help them start doing what they love…I like to help others essentially.