Prolific ‘Pop-Punk-Rapper’ Hollow River (aka Berklee College Of Music Dropout Mark MacDonald) Drops New Single + Video “Loved Me Like A Book”

‘Pop-Punk-Rapper’ Hollow River (aka Berklee College Of Music Dropout and Multi-Instrumentalist Mark MacDonald) Releases New Single + Video “Loved Me Like A Book”

“(Their) hybrid sound blends fast, upbeat guitars and rhythm sections with lyrics that are dripping with vivid imagery.”- Toronto Guardian

“Hollow River’s sound is obscure with a charming eclecticism. “- The Other Side Reviews


‘Pop-Punk-Rapper’ Hollow River (the alias of multi-instrumentalist Mark MacDonald) has released the new single and music video “Love Me Like A Book.” The track will appear on his upcoming ‘We’re Going To Be OK’ EP coming in October.

The former Berklee College of Music student dropped out with one semester left to pursue their career full-time. Of their decision to record under a different moniker, MacDonald says, “Sometimes there is confusion on whether or not Hollow River is a band, to which I say “Hollow River is not a band — but I have a band and they are great.”

Hollow River has had a prolific year, what with the release of two EPs in the last three months alone: the studio EP ‘Backbay Dropout’ which dropped in April and the stripped-down ‘HR Acoustic, Vol 1,’ which was released on June 28.

MacDonald says, “(“Loved Me Like A Book”) is about how people become a mosaic of the things they have experienced and the people they have loved and how it hurts to see yourself becoming a smaller part of someone you love and vice versa. The video was recorded DIY at my studio in my parents garage in Canada.”

Watch the video HERE.

Stream “Loved Me Like A Book” on DSPs HERE.

Hollow River will celebrate the release of the single with a full band set at Fredericksburg, VA’s KC’s Music Alley at Central Station on September 22. More info: MacDonald will also return as musical director for the Berklee Music of Mass Incarceration concert on October 12th. The event is in support of ending Mass Incarceration in the United States and offers support to survivors of the criminal justice system, through causes like New Beginnings, the first reentry program for formerly incarcerated women in Massachusetts.

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About Hollow River:

Meet Hollow River, the multi-instrumentalist and pop punk rapper hailing from both Canada and the United States. From an early age, Hollow River discovered their passion for music, picking up the guitar at just eight years old.

With a strong foundation in guitar, Hollow River began exploring different styles and sounds, eventually finding their sound blending Pop Punk with Rap elements. Their music is characterized by infectious melodies, heartfelt lyrics, and dynamic instrumentals, all infused with a punk rock edge.

Hollow River’s journey into music began with an internship at Grant Avenue Studio, which led them to study Songwriting and Music Production & Engineering at Berklee College of Music. In addition to their music studies, Hollow River also studied creative writing at the University of Ottawa, where they honed their storytelling skills and developed a unique lyrical style.

With their growing skill set and creative vision, Hollow River has quickly become a sought-after artist. They have been featured on popular radio stations such as 102.1 The Edge (Toronto), Live 88.5 (Ottawa), and 92.5 The River (Boston), captivating audiences with their energy and artistry.

Be sure to check out Hollow River’s latest single and follow them on social media for updates on their upcoming shows. Experience the unique blend of pop punk and rap that Hollow River brings to the stage