How did you get into music?

It’s always been my thing. I’ve been singing for as long as I have memories. It’s part of my fabric.

What’s the latest song/EP/album you have you – and what does it say about you? 

I recently released my second single, Venom. The song is essentially about a promising friend who eventually revealed herself to be a fake. I think it speaks to my apprehensive approach to relationships.

Did you have any particular artists in mind as an influence when you started out? What about them do you think you’ve taken into your music? 

I love Amy Winehouse through and through. I’ve always admired her vocal maturity and adaptability – she was soul, jazz, rock, and pop all rolled into one, and yet, incredibly original.

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Do you feel a responsibility to respond to current affairs or contemporary situations through your music? 

Only if it’s something I genuinely connect to; I would never want to take up a cause just because it felt like the cool thing to do. Having said that, I’m obviously supportive of the recent resurgence of female empowerment in this world, and have been writing a few songs with that support in mind.

How does where you are from affect your writing (if at all)? 

I think my writing is affected both by life in Warrington, and on an even smaller scale, my day to day social world within Warrington. Though I’m proud of being from Warrington, I wouldn’t say it’s particularly glamorous or culturally enriching. So, without some incredibly inspiring landscape, I’m probably forced to write more about the people and experiences in my own little world – relationships, mates, things like that.

Would you say there’s a distinction between yourself as a songwriter and as a musician? 

Well I think writing makes me a better musician. For one, singing about my own experiences, I think, makes the vocal performances more true and powerful. If I’m writing for myself, I try to keep my voice in mind, but, ultimately, I think I’m in search of the best composition.

"Music is an escape – a refuge from life’s anxieties and problems. I think a lot of people feel that way and I’m no exception" Harlee

How do you see your career progressing from where you are now (in an ideal situation)?

I definitely admire the careers of developing artists like Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie, and Jess Glynne – they have trajectories that I’d love to follow. Of course, I want to conquer the world but, importantly, I want people to hear what I have to say, and hopefully take something meaningful from it.

What are the overriding external influences on your music – other art/surroundings/experiences? 

As I mentioned before a lot of my records to date have been about the people in my life. But, now that I’ve signed a record deal, and have been getting over to the US more, I’m finding all kinds of new inspiration that I’m excited to put into future songs.

Why is music important to you?

Music is an escape – a refuge from life’s anxieties and problems. I think a lot of people feel that way and I’m no exception.

Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?

I can shout out my one of my collaborators Sky Adams. Sky is an amazing writer and producer who is contributing to a lot of quality projects right now. Keep your ears out for his work!

 

 

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Venom is out now via 5Town Records.

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