Harry Brereton – Debut release from up and coming artist

artworks-000112514101-nvv7bk-t500x500Over the past few years the DIY approach to making music has reshaped the industry, it’s growth a rapid development amongst new and emerging artists who have began mastering their own creations from the very point of conception right through to delivery.

It inspires me to see how many young musicians there are out there mapping out their own unique paths, self-promoting their music whilst managing the production, releasing their material off their own back, under their own terms; the control is in their hands.

Control being the operative word for that is the title of new and emerging artist Harry Brereton’s first musical release.

At just 20 years old this young musician writes, plays and produces all of his own material and is now sharing his very first track with bloggers and promoters alike.  Originally from Bedford but now based in south west London, this aspiring electronic singer-songwriter has been writing and experimenting with producing ever since he was 14, developing his own sound he now shares his new creations.

Whilst minimal in structure, ‘Control ‘ has a fullness that presents itself in Brereton’s vocals, the collaboration of contrast gives focus to the feel of this song. There is an effortless flow to this track, its stripped back rhythm allows the song to breathe, the emphasis is on space.

I caught up with Harry Brereton to ask this new artist a few questions, here’s what he had to say..

Can you tell me a bit about yourself, where you are from etc?                                Im 20, and I’m actually from Bedford but I’m currently at Kingston University, so I’m spending a lot of my time based in London right now, and that’s where I record most of my music too.

How long have you been writing/performing, do you write lyrics or music first?                                                                                                                                               I’ve been interested in music for as long as I can remember, my mum has a few home videos of me singing songs that I “wrote” even when I was like 5 or 6, haha. So it’s always been a really predominant influence in my life. I first really started to become curious about songwriting and producing when I was about 13 or 14 years old, and I started to use the internet to learn about how songs were actually made. I ended up downloading Audacity to record all these terrible songs I would write with my keyboard and record it all with this desktop microphone. A little later after that I downloaded the demo version of FL Studio, and taught myself how to actually produce beats and I guess that was kind of the real start of it all. Ever since then I’ve just been learning, and now I produce all my music myself in Logic.                                                                                                                            When it comes to writing songs I tend to play around on the piano or guitar to come up with a melody or a chord progression, and if it resonates with me, that will usually spark an idea or a feeling for a song. Then it all tends to flow organically after that, and I’ll usually construct the beat for the song as I write the lyrics. I definitely see it as a whole package.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   What/Who are into/influenced by?                                                                                       I have a wide range of influences, and I don’t think specific artists that inspire me really reflect on my style at all. I think it’s more the attitudes and artistry of artists that I like that I draw influence from, not direct musical references, if that makes sense. I listen to a lot, for example I’m into a lot of modern hip-hop and rap plus alternative rock stuff from the 80s and 90s, but I suppose the most obvious influence is electronic music… I love experimental electronic music and my ‘goal’ is to take that edge but still make a pop song out of it.

Any shows/live performances coming up?                                                                          I don’t play live yet, I consider myself to be a studio musician/producer right now as I’m just enjoying finding my sound and seeing what I’m capable of. Once I’ve got a decent line-up of songs, looking into how I can translate these songs into a live set-up is something that I’m very interested in.

You can follow Harry Brereton and download ‘Control’ from  here                                                     

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