I come from one of the most beautiful places on earth. Rolling hills, mountain ranges that reach from the summit's eye to the horizon. Cold clear lakes and safe streets. The environment I have been surrounded in the past 14 years plays a central role in my songwriting, and let me tell you- there is never a view that can't take the breath right out of your lungs.
Queenstown, New Zealand has a population of around 30,000 people, and to reside in the Wakatipu Basin you almost have to have a passion for the outdoors. This is a small town with a big town feel, and over a million international visitors travel through each year. Seeking to be amazed - to feel something.
I grew up twenty minutes away in little Arrowtown- and yes, my last name is appropriately Arrowsmith! As a songwriter I couldn't have asked for a better platform to start from. With no shortage of inspiration and a loving, supportive community who helped me believe It was actually possible to do well in the music industry, I perhaps carry a handful of idealism and a touch of naivety. But, If there is one thing I know, a little bit of each can work in your favour. It is after all, how most adventures are born! So coming from a bubble where it was easy to get heard, I carry those traits with me into the big bad world.
In December, my Husband Michael and I sold all our larger possessions, stored a few and left my beloved hometown in a black van. All we could take was the acceptance of our new, more simple lives. We travelled up the East Coast of New Zealand covering nearly 2,000 km, the journey eventuating in our countries largest city, Auckland. On the way we stopped in Gisborne to welcome in the New Year, performing at Rhythm & Vines. We made some good connections here and hit the road again.
It actually feels OK to be in the city. If I'm honest though, I did completely avoid anywhere central for about three days (definite sign of denial), but what those southerner's say about Auckland isn't all true. I've only seen one woman go ballistic over some spilt water and everyone else we've met have been down to earth and very welcoming. We've been given shelter while we look for a house of our own, and a lot of consoling words like- 'Wow! Queenstown to Auckland, make sure you keep your soul alive.' I laugh!
To take my songs to the people, I've gotta be where the people are. So Hello city, please be kind to us and if you happen to live here- we would love if you came out to listen to the music.
Our next gig is Festival One, Mystery Creek Hamilton 23rd-26th Jan.
We love you Queenstown and we miss every part of you. Please stay in touch and watch our progress online, your support is so precious!
With love Holly & Mike