Montreal Alt-Pop Sensation dee holt Shares Hypnotic New Single + Video “make a move”

March 15, 2024 BY Emma Orland

Today, the Montreal alt-pop sensation dee holt returns with a hypnotic new single “make a move.” After courting audiences and critics with her EPs When I Close My Eyes and i’ll be there along with breakout performances at M for Montreal Fest, dee is back with a new look and new song to usher in a whole new era. “make a move” encourages listeners to get out of their comfort zone – something dee has learned to do through making her music and visual art pieces. There’s a newfound confidence in her vocal delivery over a bouncing reggae-style guitar rhythm and hard-hitting drums. The accompanying lyric video features dee’s signature animated illustrations.

dee adds: This song is about breaking down walls, even if it makes you uncomfortable and you feel a little out of place. In the end, you’ve got nothing to lose… so make a move.”

dee is also pleased to announce an appearance at the Sommo Festival held at Prince Edward Island in Canada this September! She’ll appear alongside artists like Noah Kahan, Maren Morris, Half Moon Run, and more. As her exciting new era takes flight, stay tuned for more music and more tour announcements to come!



September 13 – 14th – Sommo Festival – Cavendish, Prince Edward Island



From singing along to her dad’s guitar in VHS home videos and performing at family gatherings, to studying music and art in high school, dee holt’s life has been saturated with creativity from the very beginning. But despite all the external affirmation of her musical talent, she never thought about making a career out of it. As dee says, “Of course your mom’s going to tell you you can sing, right?”

It’s fitting then, that the performance that started her career wasn’t an audition or in front of a label, but an intimate gathering for her and her boyfriend’s parents to meet. When, on cue, dee’s mother suggested that she sing, dee turned to face the wall so that she could play the guitar without laughing. After she had finished, she turned around to see tears in her boyfriend’s eyes, the eyes of both his parents, and his little brother, too. 

It was impossible to ignore any longer. dee doesn’t just have a good voice; she has a gift.

After forming a creative bond with local producer Benjamin Nadeau, dee’s first two singles landed her on Spotify’s LOREM playlist, among countless others, and the momentum didn’t stop. In 2022, after signing with Nettwerk Music Group, she released her debut EP, When I Close My Eyes, garnering millions of streams, numerous playlist covers, rave reviews, and even a Spotify billboard in downtown Toronto. TeenVogue called her “one to watch,” and SHEESH Media compared her vocals to the great Billie Eilish. 

dee studied art/animation at university and continues to design all her own artwork and direct her own music videos. The project translates that much more of dee’s singular and magnetic sensibility. “With my cover art and visuals, I like to say that it’s fully me. It’s more authentic. It pushes me to learn new things and push myself.”


“The confidence dee holt exudes… is only amplified by her crisp vocals, as she makes it sound oh-so-easy to dismiss a partner… she’s not messing around.”

– Billboard

“…a bright new offering in alt-pop… soft, charming, and wistful… making Dee Holt one to watch.”

– TeenVogue

“…holt is preparing to cement herself as a key figure in the ongoing renaissance of relationship-focused teen singer-songwriters with her upcoming 2023 release…


“It’s hard not to hear a resemblance in tonal similarities with the great Billie Eilish – which is the highest of compliments – yet dee has her own demeanor, soaked in banter and youthful bliss… dee holt is simply Canada’s next artist to keep close tabs on in 2022.”

– SHEESH Media

“dee has crafted an infectious plucky guitar-driven, bedroom-pop track centred about openly admitting to her new lover that she is going to ‘fuck’ up this relationship, so if anything you might as well enjoy the ride. dee lures you in with her delicate and vulnerable vocal tone at times reminiscent of Billie Eilish’s typical whisper-vocal delivery.” ­

– A1234

“…keep tabs on this remarkable upcoming artist – she will be a superstar…”

– Early Rising

“I think we’re fan-girling… big, big, big, fan… along that alt-pop vibe, great lyrics…”

— Bops n Bangers: A GRRRL Music Podcast

“Heralding from Montreal is the ascent of dee holt who contributes to the modern day new chamber pop pastoral canon… Daphné Holt’s collaborations with Benji Nadeau distill the character of pop novellas into concise and catchy compositions.”

– Week In Pop

Download Single Artwork Here