Get To Know: Harper
Harper is this week's featured artist...
We caught up with British singer-songwriter Harper to get to know a little bit more about her and her music.
From who inspires her musically, which you might be surprised by, to her career highlights so far, this girl is definitely one to watch. Check out our chat with her below.
1. for those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…
I’m Harper, an alternative pop/R&B artist based in South London. I grew up in the vibrant city of Bristol until I was 7, and then moved to a small village in South Wales until the age of 18. I’ve always been a creative. I started making music when I was about 14 and decided straight after sixth form that I would venture to London to see if I could make a career out of it. I’ve been in London ever since and am now working on my own material. I’ve worked hard and grinded for it, now I’m aiming for the stars, as they say!
2. describe your sound in three words…
Evocative, gritty and above all, RAW.
3. who inspired you to start a career in music?
Actually, no one in particular. I suppose I truly found my voice at 12, although I had been playing various instruments before. When I learned I could write songs I decided I didn’t want to do anything else, and so I went for it. When all the other kids in school were saying they wanted to be vets, doctors, lawyers, I said ‘singer/songwriter’.
4. who are your biggest musical influences?
I did a degree in commercial music at the Uni of Westminster and found a huge respect for artists I’d never really listened to before. I became obsessed with Bjork and James Blake for quite some time, however I’ve always been in love with R&B legends like Beyoncé and Pharrell. So I guess my influences are quite eclectic.
5. tell us about the writing and recording process for your new single/album…
My process is always a mixture of writing about how I’m feeling at the time and drawing on concepts or stories I’d love to tell people. I generally have an idea of how the music should sound from the start, and then it’s just a matter of laying down super catchy melodies and writing lyrics to them. For me it’s the most fun and painful part as you have to be able to hear criticism, and criticise your own work. My new single ‘No Love In The Jungle’ came from a place of real experience. I wanted to capture my feelings of isolation and loneliness I felt when I first moved to London, ‘the concrete jungle’. It sounds kinda sad but it’s really upbeat and the melody will hopefully be on repeat in your head after you’ve heard it!
6. what can we expect from your live shows?
An epic night/experience; some atmospheric, moving moments; some gritty, heavy, bass-driven, heart-vibrating-in-your-chest moments; and definitely some audience participation! I usually crack a few bad jokes too, so I apologise in advance!
7. what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I’m so lucky to have been given the chance to create the material I have and gain the experience I now have. Not forgetting the opportunity to duet with the amazing Conor Maynard on two YouTube covers. Our cover of ‘One Dance’ by Drake has had a crazy amount of views, more than I could have dreamed of!
8. have you met anyone and been totally starstruck?
I’ve met quite a few celebs who have made me feel nervous and in awe, like Conor when we first met, and Labrinth.
9. what’s on your ipod/playlists that people wouldn’t expect?
This is tricky because I’m known for listening to such a wide spectrum of music. However, I went through a phase of researching industrial music for a my Uni dissertation, so you might find some really explicit, noise-based tracks from the likes of Nine Inch Nails. I’m also a MASSIVE fan of Dancehall & Soca music. I’ve been going to the Caribbean since I was really young so I think it’s now a part of me! My EP ‘SKIN’ definitely has some dub/dancehall elements.
10. when can we see you live?
I’m looking at doing some gigs nearer to Christmas; get into the festive spirit and all! Have a few events in the pipeline so stay tuned with my socials. 2017 is going to be the year I let loose in a big way when it comes to live events. I’m hoping to be touring not just the UK but everywhere.