Trevor/hollAnd

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hollAnd is ant assumed name of musician/producer/designer Trevor Kampmann. hollAnd has crafted synth pop in the same vein as that released under his previous alias, SeeSaw, as well as more experimental…
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hollAnd is ant assumed name of musician/producer/designer Trevor Kampmann. hollAnd has crafted synth pop in the same vein as that released under his previous alias, SeeSaw, as well as more experimental music with photographer Mark Borthwick. Famed as one of D.C.'s premier producers -- with production credits on releases from Teenbeat, March, and many other labels -- hollAnd founded his own record label, PulCec.

Kampmann's first album under the name hollAnd was released in 1997 on Darla records. Your Orgasm is pure pop with electronic drums and well-woven layers of synth. This first hollAnd album also introduces the very sexual current that runs through most of the releases that follow. A subsequent remix 12", Matchmaker (Via Remixology) Number 1, was released jointly by Darla and Sean O'Neil's Fuzzy Box Records. The 12" featured two songs from Your Orgasm: "Amateurs & Teens" (remixed by Junior Varsity Km) and "Face Against Your Thigh" (remixed by Teenbeat Records founder Mark Robinson).

hollAnd's next release, Soundtrack for Synthetic Voices, appeared in 1998 and was his first of three collaborations with photographer Mark Borthwick. This eclectic mix of experimental music and drone was recorded for the Japanese label Abahouse Devinette and was released in the U.S. on Darla. The sparse graphic design, which is exemplified on this album, has become a signature of subsequent hollAnd recordings. The second collaboration with Borthwick, Falling, was released on Abahouse Devinette in 2000.

Returning to synth pop, hollAnd then recorded two EPs: Caughing Up Stars, put out by Audioinformation Phenomena in 1998, and Neoprene So Tight, put out by Darla in 2000. Both albums display the simplicity and bareness of hollAnd's graphic design, especially Caughing Up Stars, which contains no information or track listing except on a sticker attached to the shrink wrap packaging.

He then teamed up with Sean O'Neil (aka Flowchart) to record under the name Commercial. Their album, also titled Commercial, was released on Darla in 1999 and is a collection of synthesized instrumentals.

Around the same time, hollAnd's songs and remixes started appearing on various compilations and samplers. Remixes of fellow D.C. synth popsters Barcelona appeared on their Robot Trouble EP and the Little Darla Has a Treat For You, Vol. 14 sampler. hollAnd had original tracks on the Little Darla volumes 16 and 17 and is featured on the four-CD Darla 100 collection. hollAnd and hollAnd/Borthwick tracks appear on the Teenbeat samplers from 2000 and 2001, put out by friend Mark Robinson. hollAnd even contributed a cover of "Hysteria" (retitled as "the Lebanon") to the Human League tribute album, Reproductions, released on March Records in 2000.

In early 2001, hollAnd launched his own record label, pulCec, with his album Drums. The fledgling Washington D.C.-based label has seen two other releases since then: the Still's Nectar (pulCec 002) and Mark Robinson's Canada's Green Highways (pulCec 003).