“I’ve always enjoyed records that reveal a bit of versatility – ones that draw from a number of different moods and styles” says singer/Songwriter/Producer Holmes (given name Roy Shakked), “My influences vary; my moods vary, and so I like to keep things moving in an attempt try to get a more complete picture”. Holmes’ music career started out in Boston where he worked as a bar pianist and while studying at Berklee College of Music. He then moved to NYC, working as a composer, and now resides in Los Angeles spending his time producing records, taking care of his aging dog, staying up late, occasionally composing for television and running his own record label. His music has been featured on television shows The OC, CSI Miami, Sex and The City, Independent Lens, Without a Trace and Nip/Tuck; a Nissan Motors commercial; movies Poseidon and The Devil Wears Prada, as well as dozens of album compilations.
A man of many aliases Holmes is known to many for his notable Los Angeles record label Groove Gravy Records. Borrowing from a plethora of music genres and a variety of world flavors Holmes' production career reached a turning point as he recorded “Fresh Goods” - 2002's ultra-eclectic release under the pseudonym The Tao of Groove ( “Shakked's work could quite possibly take mixing to a whole new level." -The Oakland Tribune.) As Jazzelicious he has remixed classic tracks by Sarah Vaughan, Jimmy McGriff, McCoy Tyner and Carmen McRae among others, produced tracks for Shihan and Ursula Rucker and, in the process, has developed quite a distinctive musical style.
Enlisting a group of friends that would make any record producer's mouth water Holmes spent the winter of '06-'07 locked up in his home studio, bringing to fruition a long overdue project – his debut album Stop Go. With the help of guitarists Lyle Workman (Beck, Sting, Frank Black), Chris Bruce (Seal, Wendy & Lisa) and Joel Shearer (Alanis Morissette, Ben Taylor); drummer Ramy Antoun (Seal, Alexi Murdoch), cellist Sarah O'Brien (ELO, LA Philharmonic), bassist Brett Simons (Alexi Murdoch, Liz Phair), the album is brimming with good energy. Influenced by 70's American rock, Brit Pop and a nod towards The Beatles, Stop Go is produced with personal touches and an ear to the future, effortlessly moving from power pop/rock to tender singer-songwriter ballads. Songs from the album have already received spins from over 150 radio stations around the world.
After 18 months of various productions and touring Holmes returns with Basement Tapes - his sophomore release. From Go Computer, a hard-hitting track about a dysfunctional relationship between a man and his computer, to Let’s Dance - a dark and lush cover of Bowie’s classic 80’s hit, to Not a Political Song - a bouncy, poppy farewell to our commander-in-chief, Holmes’ stylistic diversity is at work once more. A 5-song EP is out now while the full album is due out in January of 2009.
Thanks to Peter Holmstedt - Hemifran