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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


Watch our full interview with Essie!

Last month, Australian musician Essie Holt dropped her catchy new track, Wanna Stay Up With You. We caught up with Essie to talk about her new single, writing love songs, representing queer identities and so much more!

After writing music her whole life and experimenting with different sonic soundscapes, Essie Holt burst onto the music scene in 2017 with her debut single Underwater. After a string of single releases, Holt released her debut EP Silent Wars earlier this year. The release explored the singers discovery of her queer identity, using the EP as a vehicle to tell her own stories as well as stories that aren’t exactly present in mainstream media and music.

Now, only months later, Holt returns with a captivating new single, Wanna Stay Up With You. Written in isolation in her attic studio with her longtime producer Evan Klar zooming in from Berlin, the accidental love song was inspired by Holt’s own personal life and marked the first love song the singer had ever created. “It was nice to write something positive for once” the singer tells MILKY exclusively. “I think a lot of my songs have kind of been a bit drama filled and a bit angsty but sometimes it’s nice to just write from a happy place”. The song is infused with 80’s influenced guitar lines and synth-driven arpeggios, with Holt venturing into a more indie-pop soundscape.

Having been forced to postpone her EP tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Holt will return to the stage this November with an exclusive headline show at Sydney’s Soda Factory. The songstress will be playing her EP in full, as well as some new tracks including Wanna Stay Up With You. Throughout her career, Holt has graced the stage at festivals including THIS THAT and Ice Cream Factory, whilst also supporting Tkay Maizda, Northeast Partyhouse, LEON and Nina Nesbitt.

Watch our interview with Essie Holt above!

Images: Vasili Papathanasopoulos ©

Featured Song: Wanna Stay Up With You courtesy of Essie Holt and Six Boroughs.


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