Born out of a global pandemic and longtime musical friendship, The Phantom Years is a recording project of Drew Holloway and Korum Bischoff. Along the way, the duo enlisted the time and talents of Korum’s brother, Jherek, and son, Calder who breathed extra life into a project created in isolation, across bodies of water, and multiple state lines.
Drew Holloway is grateful that his Mom sang to him, his dad showed him how to play jazz chords and his older brother didn’t kill him when he raided his record collection. From The Beatles and The Beach Boys to 80’s rap and XTC to The Smiths and Radiohead, Drew’s influences are varied. The Phantom Years is a creative outlet for the darker, moodier side of his palette. Of all the instruments he’s owned over the years the most pivotal purchase came in December of 1993, a Tascam PortaStudio. The four-track was a gift from the songwriting gods. Sketches became songs, layer by layer. Fast forward to Spring of 2020. Home recording was the only recording we were going to do for a long time. Locked down and locked in, sketches once again magically became songs. File-sharing fun and COVID-relief. The Phantom Years was born.
A jazz drummer at heart, Korum has been applying those sensibilities to other styles for decades as the drummer for The Dead Science and family music act Recess Monkey where he met Drew. With Recess Monkey, Korum released six albums including the Amazon Original Novelties which earned the band a Grammy nomination. A non-profit arts director and drumming instructor, Korum has always kept music at the center of his life. The son of a musician, he grew up in tight quarters aboard a sailboat where he developed his passion for music-making alongside his brother Jherek. Traveling the globe aboard their boat, he got to play with musicians from many different cultures and learn about a variety of styles. That experience has enabled Korum to be able to plug into diverse musical situations. From music for kids to drum parts for Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, and many others, Korum enjoys finding ways to compliment whatever project he’s working on.
Jherek is a composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumental performer. He has performed in notable concert halls and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and The Kennedy Center, and has received commissions from Kronos Quartet, Lincoln Center, St Ann’s Warehouse, and The Royal Conservatory. His numerous collaborators include the likes of Kronos Quartet, David Byrne, Angel Olsen, Neil Gaiman, Robert Wilson, and Regina Spektor. His numerous critically-acclaimed releases include Cistern and Composed which earned him an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered, and a co-release in 2016 with longtime collaborator Amanda Palmer – Strung Out In Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet Tribute. His work for film and television includes the short films The Beauty of Decay, The Mushroom Hunters and The Grave of St Oran, the horror anthology The Devil Makes Three, documentary Thank You For Coming, Netflix’s A Futile and Stupid Gesture and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and Starz’ Blunt Talk. This year, his theater-adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane receives its West End debut at The Duke of York Theatre in London.
Calder Bischoff is a producer, composer, and musician from just outside Seattle, Washington. Bischoff has a long history working with music despite his youth. Calder represents the next generation of a long line of professional musicians. He credits his father, Korum, his uncle, Jherek, and his grandfather, Kurt as his biggest musical influences. Calder has been surrounded by experimental sounds throughout his entire life and made his stage debut at the age of seven with a gong solo alongside his family and singer David Byrne. He does bring his own unique style to a long established family of musicians. Bischoff’s love for texture, soundscapes, and drones are signature to his sound.