For someone who does not know you, could you describe your music style in three words?
From the guts.
In the music video for one of your earlier songs “Come Back to Me,” you included dance moves of some of your idols. In another interview, you said that these idols had a huge impact on you, for example, Michael Jackson. How did he impact your career?
I don’t know if he impacted my career, but I grew up with his music videos and everything that inspired his videos, for example, works of Bob Fosse or Le Mime Marceau. Among his inspirations is also my favorite movie of all time, which is West Side Story. So, because I grew up with these movies and music videos I’m sure that I’ve been inspired by all that unconsciously, but it’s more about my first experiences of culture and about realizing the possibilities in that field. So I wouldn’t say that he impacted my career, but I would say that it definitely influences me.
Madonna is also on the list of your personal icons. Why do you find her so appealing and how did her change in persona inspire you and your work?
I grew up in the 80ies, I was a kid in the 80ies, and Madonna was and is still, actually, the queen of pop music. I didn’t realize that when I was a kid I was a fan of her because she was transgressive and beautiful and all her videos were like stories, almost mini-movies. I really loved her songs and the way she moved, I loved everything about her. But I think it took me a while to understand the impact she had as a woman because I didn’t realize how free she was and how she made the lines move a lot about everything. About women empowerment, about the LGBTQ-community, and more. She was in the future. She was already in our area in the 80ies. So I would say that it was more like an infusion of her talent and of her awareness of the world which inspired me the most.
How did you go about creating your own musical Alter Ego and „becoming” HollySiz? What does this project mean to you personally?
It’s weird because I realized not a long time ago, maybe after my first album, that my perception of HollySiz changed. I thought that it was like a superhero that I created that was like me with superpowers or like a new version of me. But I discovered that in the end, it was like I put a mask on just to be a little bit freer. So I would say that HollySiz is like the part of me I wasn’t able to reveal under my proper name, which is kind of interesting. And at the same time, it’s a costume. When I go back home, I make dinner and everything goes back to normal. So I don’t know if it’s my Alter Ego, but HollySiz is definitely like the deepest part of me. And not the hidden one anymore.