“I spent three months booking this thing, and of course that’s work you don’t get paid for.” Holly Arrowsmith spent months preparing for SXSW and her European tour. In the space of a day, every show she had planned for the year was cancelled.

During this quiet time in the industry, she’s picking up DIY skills while turning an old bus into a house, watering her plants, and reflecting on how nothing really is a waste of time.

Sound Check is a series where we check in with musicians who were on the verge of breakthroughs... before a global pandemic happened.

Animation by Timothy Armstrong. Made by Four and Five Films, with support from NZ on Air.