Having already established a huge following since his debut EP in 2018, fast-emerging frontman Harry Gardner is back to deliver more incredible music in 2021 as he shares his latest effort 'Invisible Man'.
Channelling a mix of pop and jazz-inspired aesthetics, 'Invisible Man' makes for an incredibly powerful return. Filled with a rich and bouncing dynamic, sweeping production, and his wonderfully engaging vocals at the helm, this new release spells great promise for the young artist in the year to come.
So with the new single doing the rounds, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
The piano for sure. I had lessons growing up and didn’t enjoy learning it because it felt more like a chore learning pieces and scales, but when I started playing it on my terms, to song-write and experiment on, I quickly fell in love with it.
What was the first song that inspired you to make your own music?
‘Song for Whoever’ - The Beautiful South. Just the way it starts with one guy playing keys and singing lyrics that were easy to understand. It made 10 year old me excited to sit at the piano and do it myself.
What kind of music did you love as a kid?
Honestly such a mix - I always enjoyed the music my parents played in the car on long drives and that was a range of stuff from The Kinks and Oasis to The Beautiful South and The Carpenters (my mum loves them).
What do you find is the best environment to find inspiration for your music?
Literally any nostalgic environment. My music tends to be quite reflective, so anything that makes me reflect on my feelings towards a setting and the people there usually makes good inspiration for a song. It could be as simple as a conversation with an old friend or going to a party, or even just going somewhere I haven’t been in a while.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Right now, Finneas, Cigarettes after Sex , Celeste and The 1975. I love music with a classic feel but with a contemporary twist and I take a lot of inspiration from that.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
Hahaha, probably all of them. I find it easier to write songs about real experiences with real people as I connect with it a lot more and it flows more naturally to me. Maybe I’ll start to write songs from other people’s perspectives one day.
What has been the most unusual moment in your career so far?
I don’t think I’ve had any notable weird moments so far, I’ll have to come back to you on that one in the future!
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Either Billie Eilish or Lewis Capaldi. I rate them both in different ways and being a support for either of those would be a huge achievement.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
I probably would’ve gone to uni and studied something like philosophy. Otherwise I would be just winging my way through life to be honest. Probably just trying stuff and seeing what works out. I would just be looking for a way to make the most of every day as cliche’ as that sounds.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
‘Be your own fan.’ I feel like as long as you connect with your music and love what you’re doing then that’s the main thing. Anything on top of that is a bonus.
Harry Gardner's new single 'Invisible Man' is available to stream and download now. Have a listen to it in the player below.