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Hollis Wong-Wear is a poet, performer, songwriter, and community advocate who lives between Seattle, WA, and Los Angeles. She is the lead vocalist of the Seattle-based electronic R&B trio The Flavr Blue, and was GRAMMY nominated for Album of the Year for her vocal performance of “White Walls” on The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
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Ladygunn x Hrdwrker Present “As A Woman” – Hollis Wong-Wear

March 2017

 

“I am passionate about the power of stories to transform our world; passionate about finding motivation and momentum in the face of ennui and despair. I am passionate about radical empathy, equal parts resistance and reimagination, and tearing myself away from my screen and being fully present.”

. . . . .

 

City Arts Magazine: Imagination Made Tangible

December 2016

 

“For those of us who are privileged to create, I believe it is vital to feel called to task in this time of violent uncertainty. Democracy itself started as fiction, a pursuit of imagination authored and asserted into reality. Today, with its principles buckling, we think about how our work can come together to propose—begin to manifest—new ways of being.”

. . . . .

 

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Seattle Weekly: A Holiday Wish List From Hollis Wong-Wear

December 2016

 

“Every nonprofit, institution, community collective, company, and publication within Seattle (and beyond) needs to define common language and work actively to make sure that white fragility isn’t being prioritized over the voices, experiences, and needs of people of color; that they are not complicit in the intimidation, harassment, and exclusion of those on the margins; and that they are actively examining and harnessing their resources—with humility—toward social justice.”

. . . . .

 

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Prairie Underground: The Liberal Arts of Hollis Wong-Wear

September 2016

 

“As an artist, I don’t believe in the idea of ‘art for art’s sake’ – I feel that anyone who is a generative artist creates with an inherent politic; the question is whether one can create conscientiously, and own the opportunity to shift culture in a more just direction.”

. . . . .

 

 

NBC Asian America: Musician Hollis Wong-Wear On the Arts, Representation, and Creating ‘New Possibilities’

September 1 2016

 

“We as people who want to see social change happen cannot keep putting the total sum of our energies into performing that which exists. We have to create new realities and new possibilities to really instruct and inform through leadership and through our own manifestation what the future needs to be.”

. . . . .

 

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KUOW: Seattle’s Hollis Wong-Wear wants music to inspire change

May 4 2016

 

“How can I be an agent of change moving forward versus somebody that just sits by? There’s no such thing as ‘benevolent bystander.’ I think that silence is an action. I think that you can choose to be silent, or you can choose to speak up, to leverage what you have to move towards a world where all are heard and all are valued.”

. . . . .

 

Willamette Week: The Flavr Blue’s Hollis Wong-Wear Is Politically Woke, but Her Music Has an Entirely Different Aim

March 9 2016

 

“Exploration has always been at the forefront of everything we do. We never walked in being like, ‘We want to be like this band.’ We don’t quite know where we fit in the grand scheme, but we know what’s brought us all together is our desire to experiment and learn about ourselves through the music.”

. . . . .

 

Colorlines: An Overdue Intro to Hollis Wong-Wear, the Grammy-Nominated Musician and Poet on a Mission

February 22 2016

 

“Our goal is the make music that brings people together, and I think that, in and of itself, can be a very simple political undertaking—that understanding that the power of music to bring people together. Those moments of joy and celebration are worthwhile.”

. . . . .

 

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THE MUSE/JEZEBEL: Meet Hollis Wong-Wear & Jamila Woods, the Women of Color Behind Macklemore’s ‘White Privilege II’

January 22 2016

 

“I think that white privilege even is difficult for white people to wrap their heads around, and there’s so much defensiveness and personalization with it, and if there’s any influence that can get white people to stop taking what it means to be racist personally, it’s deeply important. Because that’s the only way that work is going to begin: if white people really start understanding what it means to be racist.”

 

. . . . .

 

FRANK151: FRANK Femmes

January 12 2016

 

“I don’t want to look back on my 20s and realize that the bulk of my work was just putting other dudes on—while I sat in the background.”

 

. . . . .

 

JEZEBEL: Seattle Paper Describes Asian Woman & Macklemore Collaborator Hollis Wong-Wear as His ‘Sidekick’

December 12 2015

 

“I’m not interested in being a victim or in sympathy. I am interested in holding Seattle media accountable for its egregious incompetency when it comes to women and people of color.”

 

. . . . .

 

MILLIHELEN/JEZEBEL: Hollis’ 24-Hour Product Diary: On The Road

November 17 2015

 

“I’m low- to no-maintenance; a result of my strict parents who forbade me from using virtually all cosmetic products, my inherent lack of attentiveness to aesthetic detail and a marginal amount of healthy no-fucks-given.”

. . . . .

 

 

THE SEATTLE GLOBALIST: Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Hollis Wong-Wear

May 2 2015

 

“I don’t even really identify as a singer as much as I see my work as a manifestation of what I want to do as an artist.”

. . . . .

 

FASHION WE LIKE: “My Style” Hollis Wong-Wear

April 20 2015

 

“I dress to embrace my body and my spiritedness with mindfulness to balance. There’s a line between flattering and restrictive, and I never want to feel like what I’m wearing will prohibit me from moving or eating however I want.”

. . . . .

 

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Interview: THE HUNDREDS: Modern Day Renaissance Woman Hollis Wong-Wear Is Seattle’s Quadruple Threat

March 9 2015

 

“To me, I just want to be creative and I want my creativity to push boundaries, both my internal boundaries as well as societal boundaries.”

 

. . . . .

 

Interview: The Stranger: Macklemore Collaborator Hollis Wong-Wear Joins Seattle Music Commission

March 4 2015

 

“This is a special place, the opportunities and resources are rich, and I am privileged to channel my experience and understanding of the landscape here in music and nightlife towards representing on this commission.”

 

. . . . .

 

Feature: NBC News: “Hollis Wong-Wear Slams Her Way into Mainstream Music”

September 2014

 

“I never anticipated having a song on the radio,’ said Wong-Wear. ‘I was simply invested in a collective project that I believed in, knowing it was far greater than myself. . . I just want to be the best artist I can be and hustle as hard as I can.”

. . . . .

 

Feature: Nordstrom Men’s Blog: “5 Music Picks from Hip-Hop Singer Hollis”

August 2014

 

“Our friend Hollis Wong-Wear is kind of a big deal—and we’re not even saying that for ironic effect. She blew up The Tonight Show alongside Schoolboy Q and Macklemore, belting out the crazy-catchy (in a good way) chorus to “White Walls,” a moonroof-open ode to the road.”

. . . . .

 

Q&A: Audrey Magazine: “Hollis’ Crazy Fear, Bad Habit and New The Flavr Blue Video”

August 2014

 

“Hollis’s collaborations with Macklemore and Lewis were undeniably successful and she became one of the few Asian American women rappers in the Seattle music scene. But instead of continuing on the expected R&B/hip-hop route, Hollis is going synth-pop with her band The Flavr Blue.”

. . . . .

 

Interview: Seattle Met: “A Fiendish Conversation with Hollis Wong-Wear”

June 2014

 

“Hollis Wong-Wear is the James Franco of the Seattle music scene. She’s just likes having jobs. All the jobs.”

. . . . .

 

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Interview/Feature: City Arts Magazine: “Hustle Makes Me What I Am; A Conversation with Blue Scholars’ Geo”

May 2014

 

“I use poetry. It’s such a cold way to get your chops up as a rapper, performer, in general. ’Cause it’s just you and words and that’s it. There’s no nothing; you are the show.”

. . . . .

 

Interview/Feature: Audrey Magazine: “Voices Carry: Hollis”

March 2014

 

“That girl singing the hook from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ hit song “White Walls?” That would be Hollis Wong-Wear, a frequent collaborator with the Grammy-winning hip-hop duo — and the one who inspired Macklemore to write a song about his Cadillac.”

. . . . .

 

 

. . . . .

 

Interview/Feature: Mass Appeal: “Hollis: Singer. Rapper. Producer. Poet. Grammy Nominee”

January 2014

 

“She says, ‘Success means sacrifice and a shit ton of work, and may I never forget that as I strive to hustle harder and be better every day as an independent artist.’ Hopefully her hustle will pay off at the Grammys tonight, but if it doesn’t at least we know that she’ll still be out there trying to make a name for smart, thoughtful women in music.”

. . . . .

 

Interview/Feature: Seattle Met: “Our Grammy Winners: Mark Mitchell and Hollis Wong-Wear”

January 2014

 

“I knew I was a nominee, but I also felt like a nobody in the swirl of celebrity. Mark’s dress kept me grounded. It’s the reason why MTV selected me, a newbie, as a part on their Grammy Fashion feature. There is power and hope in each stitch. It has Mark’s energy in it.”

. . . . .

 

Interview: Billboard: “Hollis Talks ‘White Walls,’ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Early Days: Q&A”

December 2013

“Singer-songwriter,” “video producer” and “spoken-word artist” are just a few hats that Hollis has worn in the past five years, before the Seattle artist burst onto the scene with her collaborations on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ debut album, “The Heist.”

. . . . .

 

Interview/Feature:Mochi Magazine: “Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Protégée Hollis ”

December 2013

 

“She’s a fresh face to most, but 26-year-old Wong-Wear is anything but new to the music industry.”

. . . . .

 

Interview: It’s Yow Yow: “Meet: Hollis Wong-Wear”

July 2013

 

When I first heard Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ latest track “White Walls” on the radio for the first time, I had to know – who was that girl singing the catchy hook?

. . . . .

 

Interview: Seattle Weekly: “Hollis Wong-Wear of The Flavr Blue”

May 2013

 

Multi-faceted, multi-tasking Seattle artist Hollis Wong-Wear is in the zone. She produces videos for Macklemore, manages operations for The Blue Scholars, plays in a handful of bands, choreographs, dances, and acts (that was her as Kyla in ACT’s These Streets). What more can a girl possibly get involved with on the arts scene, you ask? A lot more, apparently.

. . . . .

 

Interview: Seattle Peach “Seattle Peach 100: Hollis Wong-Wear”

April 2013

Being the kind of girl who’s a ball to be around and can party with the best of them, but can put her nose to the grindstone when push comes to shove and crank out some really incredible work, is precisely what has earned Hollis her place in the Seattle Peach 100. She’s infinitely inspirational, and equally approachable. She’s the kind of person that makes you feel like all things are possible.

. . . . .

 

Interview/Feature: Artists 4 Artists : “Spotlight On: Hollis Wong-Wear”

March 2013

 

Hollis Wong-Wear is becoming known throughout Seattle as a woman with the Midas touch. All of the projects she touches are incredibly successful, and the list is endless. […] Weaved throughout her work is a consistent theme of helping artists realize their dreams.

. . . . .

 

Feature: City Arts Magazine: “The Workhorse: Hollis Wong-Wear”

January 2013

 

“The consummate hyphenate—Wong-Wear is not only a singer-producer, she’s also a poet, rapper, manager and actor”

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Prairie Underground: The Liberal Arts of Hollis Wong-Wear

 

September 2016

 

“As an artist, I don’t believe in the idea of ‘art for art’s sake’ – I feel that anyone who is a generative artist creates with an inherent politic; the question is whether one can create conscientiously, and own the opportunity to shift culture in a more just direction.”

. . . . .

 

 

NBC Asian America: Musician Hollis Wong-Wear On the Arts, Representation, and Creating ‘New Possibilities’

September 1 2016

 

“We as people who want to see social change happen cannot keep putting the total sum of our energies into performing that which exists. We have to create new realities and new possibilities to really instruct and inform through leadership and through our own manifestation what the future needs to be.”

. . . . .

 

hollis

 

KUOW: Seattle’s Hollis Wong-Wear wants music to inspire change

May 4 2016

 

“How can I be an agent of change moving forward versus somebody that just sits by? There’s no such thing as ‘benevolent bystander.’ I think that silence is an action. I think that you can choose to be silent, or you can choose to speak up, to leverage what you have to move towards a world where all are heard and all are valued.”

. . . . .

 

Willamette Week: The Flavr Blue’s Hollis Wong-Wear Is Politically Woke, but Her Music Has an Entirely Different Aim

March 9 2016

 

“Exploration has always been at the forefront of everything we do. We never walked in being like, ‘We want to be like this band.’ We don’t quite know where we fit in the grand scheme, but we know what’s brought us all together is our desire to experiment and learn about ourselves through the music.”

. . . . .

 

Colorlines: An Overdue Intro to Hollis Wong-Wear, the Grammy-Nominated Musician and Poet on a Mission

February 22 2016

 

“Our goal is the make music that brings people together, and I think that, in and of itself, can be a very simple political undertaking—that understanding that the power of music to bring people together. Those moments of joy and celebration are worthwhile.”

. . . . .

 

gonwafvweskfxy4ugk4t

 

THE MUSE/JEZEBEL: Meet Hollis Wong-Wear & Jamila Woods, the Women of Color Behind Macklemore’s ‘White Privilege II’

January 22 2016

 

“I think that white privilege even is difficult for white people to wrap their heads around, and there’s so much defensiveness and personalization with it, and if there’s any influence that can get white people to stop taking what it means to be racist personally, it’s deeply important. Because that’s the only way that work is going to begin: if white people really start understanding what it means to be racist.”

 

. . . . .

 

FRANK151: FRANK Femmes

January 12 2016

 

“I don’t want to look back on my 20s and realize that the bulk of my work was just putting other dudes on—while I sat in the background.”

 

. . . . .

 

JEZEBEL: Seattle Paper Describes Asian Woman & Macklemore Collaborator Hollis Wong-Wear as His ‘Sidekick’

December 12 2015

 

“I’m not interested in being a victim or in sympathy. I am interested in holding Seattle media accountable for its egregious incompetency when it comes to women and people of color.”

 

. . . . .

 

MILLIHELEN/JEZEBEL: Hollis’ 24-Hour Product Diary: On The Road

November 17 2015

 

“I’m low- to no-maintenance; a result of my strict parents who forbade me from using virtually all cosmetic products, my inherent lack of attentiveness to aesthetic detail and a marginal amount of healthy no-fucks-given.”

. . . . .

 

 

THE SEATTLE GLOBALIST: Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Hollis Wong-Wear

May 2 2015

 

“I don’t even really identify as a singer as much as I see my work as a manifestation of what I want to do as an artist.”

. . . . .

 

FASHION WE LIKE: “My Style” Hollis Wong-Wear

April 20 2015

 

“I dress to embrace my body and my spiritedness with mindfulness to balance. There’s a line between flattering and restrictive, and I never want to feel like what I’m wearing will prohibit me from moving or eating however I want.”

. . . . .

 

TheHundreds_Hollis_Wong-4

 

Interview: THE HUNDREDS: Modern Day Renaissance Woman Hollis Wong-Wear Is Seattle’s Quadruple Threat

March 9 2015

 

“To me, I just want to be creative and I want my creativity to push boundaries, both my internal boundaries as well as societal boundaries.”

 

. . . . .

 

Interview: The Stranger: Macklemore Collaborator Hollis Wong-Wear Joins Seattle Music Commission

March 4 2015

 

“This is a special place, the opportunities and resources are rich, and I am privileged to channel my experience and understanding of the landscape here in music and nightlife towards representing on this commission.”

 

. . . . .

 

Feature: NBC News: “Hollis Wong-Wear Slams Her Way into Mainstream Music”

September 2014

 

“I never anticipated having a song on the radio,’ said Wong-Wear. ‘I was simply invested in a collective project that I believed in, knowing it was far greater than myself. . . I just want to be the best artist I can be and hustle as hard as I can.”

. . . . .

 

Feature: Nordstrom Men’s Blog: “5 Music Picks from Hip-Hop Singer Hollis”

August 2014

 

“Our friend Hollis Wong-Wear is kind of a big deal—and we’re not even saying that for ironic effect. She blew up The Tonight Show alongside Schoolboy Q and Macklemore, belting out the crazy-catchy (in a good way) chorus to “White Walls,” a moonroof-open ode to the road.”

. . . . .

 

Q&A: Audrey Magazine: “Hollis’ Crazy Fear, Bad Habit and New The Flavr Blue Video”

August 2014

 

“Hollis’s collaborations with Macklemore and Lewis were undeniably successful and she became one of the few Asian American women rappers in the Seattle music scene. But instead of continuing on the expected R&B/hip-hop route, Hollis is going synth-pop with her band The Flavr Blue.”

. . . . .

 

Interview: Seattle Met: “A Fiendish Conversation with Hollis Wong-Wear”

June 2014

 

“Hollis Wong-Wear is the James Franco of the Seattle music scene. She’s just likes having jobs. All the jobs.”

. . . . .

 

CityArts_Hollis

Interview/Feature: City Arts Magazine: “Hustle Makes Me What I Am; A Conversation with Blue Scholars’ Geo”

May 2014

 

“I use poetry. It’s such a cold way to get your chops up as a rapper, performer, in general. ’Cause it’s just you and words and that’s it. There’s no nothing; you are the show.”

. . . . .

 

Interview/Feature: Audrey Magazine: “Voices Carry: Hollis”

March 2014

 

“That girl singing the hook from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ hit song “White Walls?” That would be Hollis Wong-Wear, a frequent collaborator with the Grammy-winning hip-hop duo — and the one who inspired Macklemore to write a song about his Cadillac.”

. . . . .

 

 

. . . . .

 

Interview/Feature: Mass Appeal: “Hollis: Singer. Rapper. Producer. Poet. Grammy Nominee”

January 2014

 

“She says, ‘Success means sacrifice and a shit ton of work, and may I never forget that as I strive to hustle harder and be better every day as an independent artist.’ Hopefully her hustle will pay off at the Grammys tonight, but if it doesn’t at least we know that she’ll still be out there trying to make a name for smart, thoughtful women in music.”

. . . . .

 

Interview/Feature: Seattle Met: “Our Grammy Winners: Mark Mitchell and Hollis Wong-Wear”

January 2014

 

“I knew I was a nominee, but I also felt like a nobody in the swirl of celebrity. Mark’s dress kept me grounded. It’s the reason why MTV selected me, a newbie, as a part on their Grammy Fashion feature. There is power and hope in each stitch. It has Mark’s energy in it.”

. . . . .

 

Interview: Billboard: “Hollis Talks ‘White Walls,’ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Early Days: Q&A”

December 2013

“Singer-songwriter,” “video producer” and “spoken-word artist” are just a few hats that Hollis has worn in the past five years, before the Seattle artist burst onto the scene with her collaborations on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ debut album, “The Heist.”

. . . . .

 

Interview/Feature:Mochi Magazine: “Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Protégée Hollis ”

December 2013

 

“She’s a fresh face to most, but 26-year-old Wong-Wear is anything but new to the music industry.”

. . . . .

 

Interview: It’s Yow Yow: “Meet: Hollis Wong-Wear”

July 2013

 

When I first heard Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ latest track “White Walls” on the radio for the first time, I had to know – who was that girl singing the catchy hook?

. . . . .

 

Interview: Seattle Weekly: “Hollis Wong-Wear of The Flavr Blue”

May 2013

 

Multi-faceted, multi-tasking Seattle artist Hollis Wong-Wear is in the zone. She produces videos for Macklemore, manages operations for The Blue Scholars, plays in a handful of bands, choreographs, dances, and acts (that was her as Kyla in ACT’s These Streets). What more can a girl possibly get involved with on the arts scene, you ask? A lot more, apparently.

. . . . .

 

Interview: Seattle Peach “Seattle Peach 100: Hollis Wong-Wear”

April 2013

Being the kind of girl who’s a ball to be around and can party with the best of them, but can put her nose to the grindstone when push comes to shove and crank out some really incredible work, is precisely what has earned Hollis her place in the Seattle Peach 100. She’s infinitely inspirational, and equally approachable. She’s the kind of person that makes you feel like all things are possible.

. . . . .

 

Interview/Feature: Artists 4 Artists : “Spotlight On: Hollis Wong-Wear”

March 2013

 

Hollis Wong-Wear is becoming known throughout Seattle as a woman with the Midas touch. All of the projects she touches are incredibly successful, and the list is endless. […] Weaved throughout her work is a consistent theme of helping artists realize their dreams.

. . . . .

 

Feature: City Arts Magazine: “The Workhorse: Hollis Wong-Wear”

January 2013

 

“The consummate hyphenate—Wong-Wear is not only a singer-producer, she’s also a poet, rapper, manager and actor”