Tawa rocker bound for US

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A US-bound Tawa rocker is in­spir­ing de­vo­tion from teenage fans world­wide, but it is his own de­vo­tion to God that is driv­ing his ca­reer.

Tom Hol­low, 21, has been mak­ing mu­sic since he was 13, but made his name last Au­gust when he au­di­tioned for boy band Ti­ta­nium.

The six-mem­ber group was formed in a com­pe­ti­tion run by ra­dio sta­tion The Edge, and while Hol­low just missed out on a place, he came sec­ond in pop­u­lar votes and toured with the band. ‘‘I got a lot of ex­po­sure out of it.’’

Since then his folk-pop melodies have gained fans across the globe.

Hol­low’s videos on YouTube have gained half a mil­lion views, and he says so­cial me­dia is key to launch­ing his ca­reer.

‘‘That’s what I learned with the boy band.’’

Not mak­ing it into Ti­ta­nium was lucky in many ways – Hol­lows got all the ex­po­sure but has the free­dom to write his own ma­te­rial, he says.

He re­leased his first sin­gle, My Only One, in Jan­uary, and launched a four-track EP two weeks ago.

Hol­low’s songs are in­flu­enced by folk, coun­try, emo and hard­core, and he aims for pop per­fec­tion in his melodies. The theme is al­ways up­beat, he says.

‘‘I try and keep hope cen­tral to all my songs, be­cause what’s the point of life if there’s no hope?’’

In April Hol­low is mov­ing to Utah with his fam­ily. He wants to sign to a US la­bel.

‘‘I’m so over mar­ket­ing my­self. I want a la­bel to do that for me.’’

Hol­low works as a kitchen de­signer and cab­i­net­maker but stud­ied mu­sic at the Chris­tian per­form­ing arts school Excel.

www.tomhol­low.band­camp.com

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