Cultural obsessions with the London riser...

Hollie Carmen is moving with speed.

Her recent totally sold out London headline show at the Waiting Room was a triumph, featuring some fan favourites and brand new material.

Placing her emotions on show, Hollie's material is powerful but has a rich pop edge, soothing but also challenging.

Moving quickly ahead, Hollie Carmen has now released her bold new EP 'Plan B', a collection of soulful pop vignettes that cut close to the bone.

She explains: "'Plan B' EP is a snippet of my diary; falling in and out of love, being strong enough to leave, knowing I don’t need someone else to make me happy and most importantly accepting myself for who I am."

Clash caught up with Hollie Carmen to discuss her cultural obsessions...

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Book
You know what, I have so many books on my list to read but I actually am terrible at concentrating when reading! I think it must be because I’m always thinking about so much; I read a page or two and then realise I have absolutely no idea what’s going on... wooops haha!

I have heard Sapiens is a must read though. I actually used to read Stephen King books a lot when I was younger. They’re a bit dark, but thrilling and gripping.

TV Show
I’m not watching that much TV at the moment BUT I had all four wisdom teeth removed last year, and I spent five days watching Bates Motel. I mean literally five whole days. No sleep.

And I also did the same thing with Haunting Of Hill House! I’m actually beginning to think I’m a bit obsessed with scary things? Oh also I thought Versace was amazing. Brilliant acting!

Film
Mystic River. I love Tim Robbins. (He’s also in Shawshank Redemption and loads of other great films.) Not sure I have a favourite film but Top Three might be: City Of God, No Country For Old Men and Goodfellas.

Also completely on another note - I know pretty much every word in every Adam Sandler movie. Happy Gilmore is legendary and also could probably watch Step Brothers every day for the rest of my life.

Album
How do people answer these questions?! So hard. It’s crazy because my most listened to album would either be Britney’s ‘…Baby One More Time’, or ‘Stripped’ by Christina Aguilera. I used to have a walkman and would go back and forth endlessly between those two albums. Until I upgraded to my brothers iPod shuffle...

Also - Usher, 'My Way' is vibes for days. Another of my favourites would be 'Ray Charles (aka Hallelujah I Love Her So)’. Every Otis Redding album and song of his ever. I could list many more...

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'Plan B' is out now.

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