When she’s not catching up on sleep/studying, Holly Henrich is creating beautiful music, complete with sonically breathtaking electronic soundscapes and her sweet, nuanced vocals. Her BANKS meets FYFE/Chet Faker sound is bringing significant internet attention her way. She received quite a bit of press last summer. In May 2015 she was named one of Daytrotter’s best new music discoveries; Audio Aquarium featured her song, “Static” in June; and Kings of A&R wrote about her sound last July. We at were lucky enough to get to pick her brain and talk about her music and aspirations as a budding musician.
To start, tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from, and what kind of music do you make? How would you describe your sound?
My name is Holly. I’m from Rancho Cucamonga, California. I make music with a piano and guitar and throw some electronic vibes into it. Not entirely sure what to call it, but maybe that’s what’s great about how fluid genres are becoming now. Somewhere in the spectrum of indie and electronic, I think!
What was it like growing up in Rancho Cucamonga? How does southern California compare to Utah?
Rancho holds some of my favorite memories as my home. It’s far away enough from the beach and Los Angeles to have its own identity, but close enough to easily escape the suburban feel. Southern California and Utah are different worlds and both have a lot to offer. Utah is an outdoor dream, but Southern California has the best Mexican food, so…
[Laughter] What got you in to music? When did you start writing?
I learned piano as a kid, and during the rise of MySpace I used to search through endless Top 8’s from artists I liked and discovered music that way. I went to Warped Tour in high school and saw my favorite musician at the time, LIGHTS, perform. I started learning guitar that summer and songwriting came soon after.
Why did you choose the name LYLOH?
I chose LYLOH (lie low) one night around 3AM last summer when I decided to start this project. I wanted my name tied to it in some way, so I played around with the letters until I fell asleep. When I woke up LYLOH was the last thing I had written, and I rolled with it.
Glad it stuck. It’s a fantastic name. Very memorable. Who are some of your musical influences?
Ben Howard, Japanese Wallpaper, MADE IN HEIGHTS, early Coldplay, Jack Garratt, Anna of the North, St. South.
What is your writing process like? What comes first, music or lyrics?
I’ll typically compose the music first and add lyrics when I have a bare sketch. I’ll record the final product in a studio.
Where do you record? Are you self produced? If so, what equipment and software are you using?
Right now I\’m working with a friend of mine, Steve Kaye, from SunKing Studios in Los Angeles who uses ProTools to produce, mix, and master. On my latest track, “Here,” we included sounds from a Rhodes electric piano, the Prophet 6, and used a Wunder 7 for vox.
You mentioned earlier that you are a student at BYU Law. Why are you pursuing a law degree? Why does law interest you?
Practicing law has been a long term goal of mine and I’m grateful that I can learn from professors who are invested in preparing me to reach that goal. What I find particularly interesting about the study of law is learning how it has responded to current technological and societal changes. One of my exams last semester involved applying legal principles to a hypothetical about a hoverboard accident. I’ve since been on a hoverboard and can confirm that they are so dangerous (but so fun).
How do you juggle your music career and your studies?
A little less sleep and a little more productivity at unusual hours of the day/night!
If you had to choose, would you rather be a full time, successful musician or a lawyer?
Playing Coachella will sound a little more preferable while I’m studying for final exams next month! Ask me again this summer. [Laughs]
What about the Provo music scene do you love?
I really love how far Provo has come in showcasing talent over the years. There has been a collective effort from venues, promoters, and students in helping local music thrive. I’m lucky to be in a unique and welcoming environment for artists of various genres to find a home for their music.
The Provo music scene is dominated largely by all male or male fronted bands. We see that with the news we cover and the traffic coming to our site. What’s it like being a female artist in Provo? How can the music scene better support women with the music they are creating?
I think Provo has responded to this issue in creative ways like having weekends or nights dedicated to female artists. My platform has mostly been online, but I’m plotting some live performances soon and I’m optimistic about the response to female artists. We just need more women to be out there jamming!
What are your plans for the future of your music? What can we expect and when?
I’m always working on something new. Keep your ears open this summer.