Now an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, sound engineer, session musician, and music director, Jol Mulholland began songwriting at an early age. After finding a guitar on the side of the road and creating work for an audience of Mum & Dad, Jol became obsessed with classical guitar and went on to play in bands. Gasoline Cowboy, The Mots, and Pablo Vasquez with Elroy Finn are just a few of Jol’s projects, not to mention his solo work – Eugene Told Me You Were Dead, Mulholland, and Stop & Start Again.
He has since worked with various prolific local and international artists, including the Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras, Anna Coddington, Tami Neilson, Anika Moa, Neil Finn, Hollie Smith, Boh Runga, and Lydia Cole. During New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown, Jol filled he and his wife’s one-bedroom apartment with recording gear, where he wrote and recorded a yet-to-be-released project. Jol considers this one of his “more memorable songwriting achievements.”
Jol continues to work with various kiwi musicians on an array of projects including THEIA, Gin Wigmore, and producing and recording the new Daffodils album. He would love to work with an orchestra to learn arrangement and how to score for an ensemble, as well as continue learning Te Reo and integrate the language in future compositions.
The APRA Professional Development Award will enable Jol to live out his dream and travel to Wellington, where he will be mentored in Orchestration by NZ composer Rhian Sheehan.
Jol will continue Te Reo lessons at Native Tongue with NZ musician Theia, as well as travel to the North Island’s East Coast where he will reconnect with his iwi Ngati Porou, and visit his marae – Hiruharama. He will be able to immerse himself in Te Reo, research, and collaborate through stories and music which will influence his future compositions and work. Jol says of receiving the award "It means a lot to be given support to work on a project that will allow me to further connect with my whakapapa, as well as learn about all the intricacies involved with scoring for an orchestra."