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LITTLE CLUES WITH HARRY LEO


Since the age of 15, Harry has been writing songs from his bedroom and forming his sound of happy, energetic pop music. In 2020, his life as an artist began with his debut single ‘Youthquake’ from his forthcoming EPSocial Commentaries’. His latest single ‘Misfits’ expresses his stance on the importance and commonality of people’s differences and eccentricities. Born in Birmingham, Harry’s professional music life began as a teenager, playing piano in local cover bands and singing backing vocals whilst practising guitar and songwriting after school. At 18, Harry moved to the South of England to study music at university where he began working as a session musician and continuing to write original material. Harry’s live work has taken him all over the world, but has found performing his own material to be the most rewarding and enjoyable musical endeavour. Throughout his artistic career, Harry aims to release positive and uplifting music that is fun to create and listen to, as this is what he enjoys most about the impact music can have.

Misfits’ was released on April 29th. From there, Harry is looking forward to releasing the remaining singles from ‘Social Commentaries’ and the EP itself over the coming months. Furthermore, Harry has also written the follow-up EP and is excited to bring those songs to life in the studio.


Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?


Busy! I've been finishing off the EP in the studio and gearing up/planning for its release. I'm really happy with how the songs have come out and I look forward to sharing them


Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?


I'd still consider myself at the early stages of artistry - but even in this short space of time I feel like I've learnt so much. I'd say a big one is having the confidence to trust your musical instincts and ideas. I feel as though I'm even more focused on what I want to achieve and how I want my music to sound, look and come across now that I've gained some more experience - and I hope this feeling continues the more I progress. Every stage is a learning curve and I hope it means I'm going to be able to get better and better as a writer, singer, arranger and all the other things that artistry requires.

How did you come up with your latest project?


It all stems from the premises of the EP; 'Social Commentaries'. I wanted to make something that reflects how I see the world around me. I've seen it done before in a few other works but always seemed to take a cynical route. I saw it as an interesting endeavour to make something uplifting and positive whilst still having that observational tone. With 'Misfits' specifically, I wanted to write something that expresses how our differences are what make us interesting and that, in truth, everyone has eccentricities that give them their own individual character.


Where are you from originally?


Birmingham!


Where do you live now?


Just outside South London.


Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?


I don't think so - maybe when music wasn't as globally interconnected as it is now. I think where you come from can have an effect. Birmingham has a strong musical history giving bands like Black Sabbath, ELO and more recently Laura Mvula - but I wouldn't say there's been a direct influence on me.


What was the inspiration to make music your career?


It's cliché to hear now, but we always had music playing in the house and in the car when I was young. My Mom and Dad both really love music and I think when you're a child, you follow their example. And as a teenger, I liked that it was something you could study and learn about whilst still having an unexplainable quality about it - I suppose something for your left and right brain to enjoy. As an adult, I think it's a great career choice because it's needed! People need ways of enjoying themselves and music is definitely one of them.

How do you want to shape your career?


I'm still at the start of what I hope to be a long time making music. But I'd HOPE that my creativity keeps me, and anyone paying attention, guessing. I want to be creatively free enough to make the music/projects that engage me at the time and avoid a routine of diminishing returns. That said, there are some things I'd like to be consistent throughout whatever I do. I'd like to keep pushing into what I hope are interesting ideas and keeping my music honest and positive.


Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?

I think the creative side doesn't respond too well to a tight structure. Some days you feel creative and others you don't and I don't come up with good stuff if I force it. I think productivity is the exact opposite. There's a lot of logistics and things that aren't always seen behind releasing music and for those things I try my best to be organised and stick to a plan.


How did your latest title of your music come to be?

I like when titles give you a little clue as to where the song might be going. Sometimes I'll try to guess how a song goes based on the title and then see how close/way off I was. For this song specifically, it became apparent to me that I needed a word that could include everyone - like a little club almost. I scribbled a few things down and kept going until I landed on one I liked. 'Misfits' came from this and struck me as the perfect word for what I was trying to say. It was playful and light-hearted without losing its meaning. It's also a good word lyrically, as you don't hear it too often in songs - meaning the rhyme structures felt very fresh to me.


Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?


No! That's the reason you made it! Some songs, I think, are just for you but if you decide that you've made one you want to share, the release is the fun bit that you've worked so hard for!


Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?

Heavily. The songs I've realised (and the songs to be released) all come from a feeling, experience or thought that I needed to express this way. I wouldn't consider it extreme to say that they represent me in some form - and I hope that shows when they're heard.


How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?


Honest.


Where do they go to listen NOW?

Everywhere! Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube - anywhere you listen to music!


What has been the best fan reaction to your music?


I sent 'Misfits' to a friend of mine and she messaged me saying "I feel seen". It makes me smile every time it crosses my mind because that's exactly the uplifting and inclusive feeling I wanted.

Is there anything exciting coming up for you?


I can't wait to release the rest of 'Social Commentaires'. I have some more singles before the full EP is released and I'm really looking forward to getting them out!

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