Today we bring you a slightly different interview. You already know the singer Harrison because of his controversial track with Hardwell, “Sally”, or no that controversial collabs like “Take Me Home”, with Hiio and Thomas Gold.
At the moment, Harrison also dj’s and even produce his own music. He’s an a complete artist that has won the support of really big names in the industry.
Yo can also read the interview in Spanish here.
First of all, tell us about your first steps into the music world, specifically how you found yourself working in electronic music.
I have always had a passion for singing and began by writing my own tracks, this all started in the rock genre and has escalated. My rock tracks have changed into electronic/progressive styles.
As far as we know, you had a promising career in rugby but an injury cut this short, so you started focusing on music. Could you tell us something more about what must have been a difficult, unexpected transition in your life?
As mentioned in the earlier question, I was a rock singer and very into that genre, I did not know much about EDM or DJs but when I began contacting agencies and producers, they all were in the EDM side of things, which opened my eyes to something larger. Starting with changing some of my tracks from rock to EDM was difficult, but I was successful after some hard work. I wanted to learn more so I decided to learn how to DJ and I am now, after a few years, confident to call myself a “hybrid” artist as both a live singer/DJ.
You’ve worked with really huge international artists like Thomas Gold, Steve Aoki, Hardwell and David Guetta, among others. Which artist did you enjoy collaborating with the most? What have you learnt from working with such big artists?
They have all been a huge honour! To have had the privilege to get to know and to work with them, I would say working and performing with Hardwell is very special to me – but Thomas Gold and Steve Aoki are very good friends now as well, so having had the opportunity to get to work with these guys, I have learnt that no matter who you may be, whether you are the number 1 DJ or not, everyone is still human. You just have to stay humble to develop a team and a family who are all around you and supporting you, including your professional team, your fans and your fellow DJs, it’s very important.
Your collab with Hardwell, “Sally”, was a highly controversial track because of its lyrics. Did you expect such reaction? It came to our minds the phrase “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” which is met in this case, right?
Exactly! In the track ‘Sally’ we take all critics and comments as a positive sign. We look more of how global the track has become, the overall stats etc, rather than the details of the reactions. Since it’s so controversial it has gotten loads of attention and Hardwell and I are both very behind the track, that’s what has kept it from failing.
Is there any other DJ/producer or musician that you want to collaborate with, but are still yet to?
Eminem would be my number 1 to still collab with.
On June 11 you start your first tour in China. What have you prepared for your gigs there? Did you foresee the amount of fans in that country?
I have prepared many Harrison originals and many new tracks which I cannot wait to try out and share with my Chinese fans on this tour! But my overall goal is that they DEFINITELY will have had an UNREAL night after I’m finished with them, haha!
Talking about your live shows, we’ve also seen that you also DJ live. What came first, “djing” or singing?
Singing came first!
Last year you played in our country in Mallorca and Ibiza. Did you like it? Will you be coming back this year?
Yes I did and it’s honestly one of my top favourite places, both to play and to relax in. It’s got such a lovely atmosphere, people and an amazing party scene! I will be back in 2 weeks!
Across your social networks you announced two brand new tracks: A collaboration with Vinai and a new original ‘Once Upon A Time’. Will ‘Once Upon A Time’ be a solo track or is it a collaboration in the works with someone else?
‘Once Upon a Time’ is a complete solo Harrison track 😀
As we do in all our interviews, we would like you to tell us a funny/curious thing that happened during your last recording session or live DJ show…
HA! It’s funny this question came up, I was performing in Beijing and the next day I had a show in Shanghai… when I picked up the microphone in Shanghai to get the crowd going I said “BEIJING! (uhhh wrong city…) I was there yesterday but you guys are the WAY better crowd!” smooth save, whoops!
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