Canadian pop punk rapper Hollow River has unleashed some fun, fast-paced sonic chaos just in time for summer in this, his latest single, “Known To Lie” — available now!
“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 the man behind the moniker, 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 first fledged his music career interning at Hamilton’s legendary Grant Avenue Studio (Daniel Lanois, Gordon Lightfoot, John Cage) before heading to Boston, Massachusetts to attend Berklee College of Music — where he currently resides — to 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 — who MacDonald is mentored by as a production assistant 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,” Hanlin continues. “You know anything Hollow River releases is going to BUMP!”
“Known To Lie” is available now.