Hollow River unleashes high-speed sonic chaos in his latest single Known To Lie — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“This song is basically from the perspective of a liar, and that framing allowed me to take the song to some really creative places, lyrically,” says Canadian pop-punk rapper Mark MacDonald. “It’s hard to tell which lines mean a lot and which are nonsense, which is a skill the best liars have mastered.”
Hollow River began his music career interning at Hamilton’s legendary Grant Avenue Studio (Daniel Lanois, Gordon Lightfoot) before heading to Boston — where he currently resides — to attend Berklee College of Music and pursue a double major in music production and engineering/songwriting. Time not spent studying revolves around furthering his craft, including freelance production and mix work with a variety of artists, and songwriting and arrangement consulting.
His efforts are quickly becoming noticed; “Mark is a talented and adaptable musician who can evolve on a dime when he needs to,” says Berklee songwriting professor George Woods. “(Mark is) committed and dedicated to what he does.” Award-winning songwriter and producer Pat Hanlin — MacDonald’s mentor at Hanlin’s Revivalhouse Records & Film — agrees, adding “(Hollow River’s) super power is the tone of his writing; it’s raw and real and really well composed, lyrically. The guy’s a maniac in the studio. You know anything Hollow River releases is going to BUMP!”