Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Jupiter Hollow consists of two young, passionate and driven Canadian artists, Grant MacKenzie (21) and Kenny Parry (18). Grant, who plays guitar, bass and synth for the band started his music career 8 ½ years ago at the age of 12, sitting in his basement watching the movie Rock Prophecies. This movie was about legendary rock photographer Robert M. Knight, finding and transforming a young, unknown guitarist from a small town into a worldwide success. Inspired and motivated, Grant spent the next few years honing his guitar skills, writing music, and later learning the business side by attending college for business marketing. At age 20, Grant was invited into the Brotherhood of the Guitar, by founder Robert M. Knight, leading to endorsements with Ernie Ball Music Man and JH Audio.
While Grant was performing with another group at a local battle of the bands, he came across a mesmerizing singer by the name of Kenny Parry (vocalist, drummer and synth for Jupiter Hollow), who was almost performing as if he was possessed on stage, hitting notes that seemed impossible by any guy. Kenny Parry started music at the young age of 2 years old, setting up pots and pans like a drum set and banging away. This led to an obsession with music, and a discovery of his unique talent. In his teenage years, Kenny won himself the title “Best Drummer in Ontario” 3 years in a row. Around this time, Kenny started learning how to sing after being inspired by singers such as Maynard James Keenan, Mike Lessard, Dan Tompkins and Ian Kenny to name a few. Through years of strengthening his vocal abilities in choirs, bands and hours of dedication, Kenny has acquired an articulate vocal range, relentless endurance, and almost shocking performance through his uncontrollable stage presence.
Shortly after meeting, Grant and Kenny knew that their talents combined would create something truly unique, and Jupiter Hollow was born. Since then, the duo effortlessly created music in Kenny’s basement for months on end. The concept grew to be a two-man band, since Grant and Kenny wrote all of the music and wanted to keep it that way. The two musicians used technology to their advantage, allowing them to perform with a dominating stage presence, while captivated their audiences with their unique sonic journey.
After performing at a number of music industry showcases in Toronto, Jupiter Hollow caught the attention of music industry representatives, such as Pat Gillett, vocalist/guitarist of Down with Webster, and Arthur Kalamidis, founder of the Landmark Event Showcase Festival. Now, Jupiter Hollow is starting a Canada wide campaign with Arthur Kalamidis and publicist Jon Asher, working to build awareness of the band and their upcoming 5 track EP titled ODYSSEY, set to be released early 2017. The band then plans on releasing a full length album titled AHDOMN
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Jupiter Hollow is an ambient progressive rock/metal duo from Barrie Ontario, who started in the summer of 2015, and have already mastered the art of bringing their fans on an audio and visual experience. Jupiter Hollow’s sound is usually referred to as spacey, experimental and refreshing, reminding listeners of bands like Tool, Pink Floyd, A Perfect Circle, Karnivool, Rishloo, Tesseract, The Contortionists and Rush.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
We are trying to do our own twist on progressive rock, bringing back some sounds that haven’t been heard in a while in our opinions. We feel, as we did, that everyone wants the good old rock/metal to make a comeback and we plan on being apart of this new wave! Any support we get will allow us to keep releasing music for our fans.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We have released 3/5 songs off of our upcoming EP titled “Odyssey” which is a preview to our full length album “AHDOMN” which will be coming out sometime after the debut EP. These songs are “Ascending”, “Hades Heart”, and “Deep In Space”. So far, fans have been comparing us to some of our greatest influences such as Tool, Rush, Rishloo, Karnivool, etc. To be compared to such accomplished bands really push us to one day be at their level in their music career.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Since Jupiter Hollow has originated only last summer (2015), our primary focus has been working on our debut EP, so we haven’t booked many shows yet. With that being said, we’ve played a number of industry showcases in Toronto that has landed us a distribution deal with Milagro Records, allowed us to work with one of Canada’s leading metal publicists Jon Asher working with us, and gained us the support from Arthur Kalamidis of Landmark Events to develop the awareness of our debut across Canada. We have also played a few shows at some bars across Ontario. We will be playing in Montreal in December for a Landmark Event showcase as the featured artist from Toronto, and will be releasing our EP on January 13, 2017 at the Bovine Sex Club in Toronto. Kenny Parry and Grant MacKenzie write and record every instrument and vocal you hear on the record. It was Jupiter Hollow’s innovative mindset that wanted to keep the show as pure as the recordings, so Grant performs guitar live, Kenny does vocals live, and the rest of the music (recorded by Grant and Kenny) is on backing tracks. When the venue has projection screens, Jupiter Hollow also has amazing live projections that run in sync with the performance and vibe of each song to portray the spacey message that the band tries to express in each song. In time, as the band progresses in their careers, they look forward to expanding their video and lighting production.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
They should know that we are trying to stay away from the trap most bands fall into; selling out their creativity and image to be like every other mainstream type band. As a progressive rock band, we want to do what we do best, and do what all of our influences have done… create original music that intrigues the listener. We want them to hear something that they have to listen to a few times to fully grasp the concept technicality, creativity, and to grasp art behind each song.
Our performance is a way for us to express our passion in the purest way. We want the audience to feel what we feel, and let lose by embracing the sounds we create. We are not trying to be like anybody else. If we can find a label who truly believes in our vision, and believes that we won’t stop until we get to the top, then our team will be unstoppable.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Our EP release of “Odyssey” on January 13, 2017 followed by our full length “AHDOMN” hopefully by the end of 2017 or early 2018. We hope to plan a tour for 2017 in support of the EP release, but first thing is first… new music video for “Deep In Space” coming out in November, and we will be releasing a new song called “Over 50 Years” in December. For shows, so far we will be playing in Montreal this December as well as hosting our EP release party at the Bovine Sex Club in Toronto on January 14, 2017!
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can purchase our music directly from http://www.jupiterhollow.ca which also has links to our social media like YouTube, Facebook, etc. Fans can also get a track off of our upcoming record for free by joining our mailing list! On January 13, 2017 Milagro Records will be distributing the EP to all of the popular online platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.