In The Studio: Behind the Scenes with The Holiday Collective in Byron Bay

It only took one big week in a Northern Rivers studio during mid-July 2019, for Jesse Higgs’ musical moniker HOLIDAY, to swiftly evolve into The Holiday Collective (THC).

Former bandmates (and brother) Isaac Williams and Jade Higgs (Younger Dryas), made the trip up from Tassie to join Byron Bay comrades Meg Hitchcock, Marquee Moon & Kimi Brown (In The Flowers).

Coming together as the one low-key supergroup, Jesse musically directed the team into the conceptual vision of their coming album *In Holiday.

With the expertise of legend audio engineer Allen Pegg and his Old Dog Studios, THC were brought to life via quality recording and studio-session-jams. With a clear vision from Jesse as head-producer, the groundwork preparation had been laid and what followed were cracking one-takers of songs like their current single “KRIYA”.

Jesse is the festival founder of the Party In The Paddock, so no doubt he was stoked to be getting back into the studio again.

The AU review were given an exclusive glimpse into the studio sessions on the making of “KRIYA”. Give the track a play and read on:


Isaac Williams on his beloved Nord Electro

Meg Hitchcock in the vocal booth

Marquee Moon & Jesse Higgs deliberating over final bass riffs

Jesse Higgs looking into the main console room to Marquee Moon & Allen Pegg during a percussion take

Marquee Moon & Allen Pegg laying tracks

Allen Pegg setting up the many intricate details of the studio

Jesse Higgs singing during the vocal take for ‘KRIYA’

Marquee Moon, Kimi Brown and Jesse Higgs rehearsing ‘KRIYA’ in Bangalow

Jade Higgs ‘jam stoned’ after landing ‘KRIYA’ take

Isaac Williams mid session

All photos were taken on Jesse’s Yashica Electro 35 (1970) Japanese film camera – A beloved member of The Holiday Collective.

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Ed Hirst

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