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Who Is Johnny Hollow ?

There are over a million species of insect currently existing on the planet. Approximately: 5,000 dragonfly species, 2,000 praying mantis, 20,000 grasshopper, 170,000 butterfly and moth, 120,000 fly, 82,000 true bug, 360,000 beetle, and 110,000 bee, wasp and ant species described to date. It is safe to say that there are more insects than all other animal groups combined, and Johnny Hollow knows them all.

In our world, Johnny Hollow is an outcast. A reclusive child who is less interested in the 6.6 billion other humans on the planet, than he is in his ever-growing bug collection. To Johnny, humans are cruel, indignant and spend the majority of their lives taking all that they can from the world around them and giving back little, if anything at all. They embrace conformity, and shun the strange and unusual.

Much like the insects he adores, Johnny is constantly stepped on, pushed aside and ultimately regarded as a pest by other children. He is beaten down by a world of emptiness, in which he will never be king. Does Johnny not play well with the other children, or do the other children not play well with Johnny? Whatever the answer, Johnny is more comfortable alone in the darkness with his bug collection than he ever could be in the world outside. In Johnny’s world, he can’t be stepped on, or pushed aside, or ignored by anyone. In This Hollow World, Johnny is a god amongst insects.

Johnny Hollow’s music reflects these feelings of neglect and loneliness. On the new album, “Dirty Hands” Johnny paints a vivid picture of the plight of the strange. Through the dulcet tones of piano and cello, Johnny illustrates what it is like to feel insignificant while trying to exist in a world that refuses to be understanding, and in doing so, gives a certain amount of empowerment to those who have no power. Stellar production and brilliant songwriting help to bring this vision to life with vibrant string and key arrangments coupled with electronic beats that creep and crawl like a scarab beetle. Johnny Hollow is an illustrator even in the literal sense of the word. The album includes stunning images of the world as Johnny sees it. A world without hope, without future; a barren wasteland that holds no forgiveness for people like Johnny. These are images for those who cannot paint. These are songs for those who have no voice.

In our world, Johnny Hollow would be regarded as a stranger, a bane, or even an insect. We would never accept such a weird and twisted specimen. Instead, we would mock him for our own amusement. This is only true because we are afraid of him, due to our lack of understanding. By the nature of humanity, we always fear what we do not understand while, in actuality, we may understand him better than we care to realize. For whenever we get that all too familiar feeling of neglect, loneliness and heartache it reaches inside us, strips away our defences and brings out a small, frightened child who would love nothing more than to sit in the dark with his bug collection; alone and solemn, but free from the torment of a world that refuses to understand.

Johnny Hollow is: Janine White, Kitty Thompson and Vincent Marcone