John Holden is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer from Cheshire, England.
‘I have had a strong emotional connection to music for as long as I can remember. In particular, at an early age, I encountered progressive rock. I enjoy music that can at times be pastoral and melodic, sometimes powerful and soaring but always constantly interesting. The idea that there are no rules or boundaries has always appealed to me.’
Having played and composed for many years, John made the decision to commit to creating a full album of original material. He decided that involving additional musicians would significantly enhance the music and his debut album, Capture Light was released in 2018.
‘I have been amazed and thrilled by the talented musicians I have managed to work with. Everyone made a fantastic contribution. When you are working with people of such high calibre it really elevates the music and definitely makes you raise your game!’
Commenting on been placed Runner Up in the Progzilla Radio ‘2018 Album of the Year’;
‘I wanted to see if I could make music that would earn its place in the genre. Thankfully the album was critically well received and given extremely good reviews. It was so exciting to get such amazing feedback from the people who count the most – the wider prog audience!’
John’s much-anticipated follow up album, Rise and Fall was released in 2020.
‘I gained a lot of experience creating the first album and was determined the next one had to maintain that quality but am delighted to say it exceeded my expectations. Progressive music by its nature can be quite technical, however I wanted to build more emotion into the songs; it takes the music to a higher level and hopefully that feeling communicates to the listener.’