🎵 IT091: Dad Music
✏️ Hollie Fuller
🗓 30.12.20

Hollie is an illustrator from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, UK.

Heya Hollie. Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

Hello! My tape is a compilation of dad music. I don’t know what dad music is by definition, but this is a small selection of music that my dad loves, that I’ve grown to love. I personally think it’s quite cool, but I’ll let you be the judge of that - funnily enough “Good Morning Judge” by 10cc is the first song. It felt like a good one to start on and I think it sets the tone of the playlist. Last year we bought my dad a bluetooth speaker and taught him how to use Spotify, so a lot of these songs are the ones he’s been playing on repeat a little too loudly for everyone else’s liking.

What direction did you take with your cover art, and what was your process?

I can’t even tell you how many sketches I did for the cover. For a while I was drawing loads of dads dancing, but it felt like nothing really fit with the tone of the playlist (especially since Dad Fuller never dances, ever) So I settled for a chilled dad, sitting in his groove and enjoying some dad tunes with an occasional foot tap.

I made loads of drawings in my sketchbook before deciding which one to take into Procreate, where I messed about with loads of colours until I made something I was happy with.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
1973, DJM Records
Artwork: Ian Beck

It’s just very Elton, isn’t it? The silky jacket and sparkly boots and tiny piano. So good.

Everything You’ve Come to Expect - The Last Shadow Puppets
2016, Domino
Design: Matthew Cooper
Photography: Jack Robinson

Bloody cool. For me it properly sums up how the album feels. I actually only recently found out that it’s a photo of Tina Turner!?

The Archer - Alexandra Savior
7 February, 30th Century Records
Photography: Dana Trippe

I Love You, Honeybear - Father John Misty
2015, Sub Pop
Artwork: Stacey Rozich

What did you listen to growing up?

Plenty of dad music, obviously. We used to watch his music DVDs together, usually Billy Joel or Genesis. I was very much a Busted kind of kid, with a side of McFly and Girls Aloud.

And what’s on heavy rotation for you at the moment?

Always Arctic Monkeys and Elton John. Alexandra Savior, Father John Misty, Tom Misch, Lorde. The Hamilton soundtrack was my most listened to album of the year which is absolutely mortifying, but what can you do.

I’m the kind of person who gets obsessed with a few songs at a time, and I’m guilty of listening to them until I never wanna hear them again. Currently:

“Boy Oh Boy” - Jerry Williams
“You and I” - Richard Hawley
“ Nothing Arrived” - Villagers

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

I’ve just finished a series of editorial illustrations for The Guardian, all about working from home and the post-pandemic office. You can see them here ~ holliefuller.co.uk/the-guardian-labs

I also designed a throw with my agency for their new shop, Grand Originals ~ grandoriginals.com/collections/throw-ho-ho

Where can we find you?

︎ holliefuller.co.uk
︎ @holliefuller_
︎ @folliehuller
︎ holliedraws

Thanks, Hollie!

10cc - Good Morning Judge / Wings - Listen To What The Man Said / Bryan Ferry - Let's Stick Together / Blondie - Call Me / Billy Joel - Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) / Elton John - Bennie And The Jets / Squeeze - Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) / Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street / The Knack - My Sharona / The Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays / Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie / Pretenders - Don't Get Me Wrong / Mental As Anything - Live It Up / Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Davy's on the Road Again / Billy Joel - My Life ︎