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Interview with Harry Heart
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Family had me listening to guitar music like The White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age when I was very young, around 8-10 years old. If I didn’t get wrapped up in music I’d most probably be seeking a path of entrepreneurship in some shape or form.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I exercise a lot, it keeps my head clear. Squash, swimming, weight training, it’s all good stuff. Reading and drinking whiskey are high on the list too.
How long have you been making music?
I started writing when I was around ten, so that’s twenty years.
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
I’m in Manchester right now, but my writing is definitely impacted by the to-ing and fro-ing between Australia and the UK. Feeling like a visitor and a local all at once is great fodder for writing music.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
Sharing the stage with Toby Martin from Youth Group was a big one for me. Playing Celtic Connections in Glasgow was pretty special too. I’ve had a lot of fun on stage with UK and Aussie bands, I’ve been spoiled really.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
I was recently treated to a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at the Arctic Monkeys’ stage set-up at Old Trafford Stadium, and man, all I want to do now is play on that stage. I can’t say I have a favourite venue, it all depends on who shows up.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
I’d love to share the stage with The Mars Volta, Radiohead, Jack White, St Vincent, the list goes on.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
The best advice is to avoid people that want to give you advice. Just do what makes you happy and what excites you as a creator. Watch those with more experience closely, but ultimately, there’s no right or wrong way to create something.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I’m proud of the song Vex, it still sounds fresh some years later. Okay Change was an important one for me too, it was the first time I’d truly just followed my nose and not thought about the audience.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
People seem to like Heat, Montaigne, and Begging a lot, which is very cool. My favourite to play right now is Amino, the band just takes it somewhere else, it surprises me every time.
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
I usually mess around on a keyboard or guitar idea, record it on my phone, forget about it, rediscover it two years later, realize I still like it, then write the track. The only inspiration for me is the excitement of surprising myself and losing track of time.
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music? If so please tell me about them.
No, I do think so, not lyrically anyway. If there was a message to be heard, it would be from zooming out, looking at everything I’ve released and thinking “damn, I guess you’ve gotta be persistent if you wanna get where you’re going”. Maybe that’s the message.
Do you have any new singles, videos, or albums out that you would like to tell me and your fans about?
Thought you’d never ask. My second album Cambistry came out in May. Please go stream it, or buy it at www.strangemethod.xyz
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I’ve got way more NFT projects to release, UK and Australia shows to announce, and that’s about it.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
Follow me everywhere on @harryheartau and please join my mailing list via www.harryheart.com