Thank you for having me! I have been pretty busy it’s safe to say. Feeling positive about a lot of stuff which is great.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fletcher Bay”?
Yeah, Fletcher Bay is a beautiful place located at the very north tip of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. Nine years ago I was out there travelling and my Dad flew out for a short time too. I met up with him and we took this amazing drive up this peninsula road only to discover the beautiful Fletcher Bay!
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
My dad passed away suddenly in June last year, the day I released my Changing EP with an old photo of him on the cover. It broke my heart, however I was lucky enough to be able to return to Fletcher Bay in December last year. I brought a small box of dad’s ashes with me to scatter there. It was a really important and special thing for me to do and obviously extremely inspiring for me to pen it down.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yeah definitely. The video will be released March 17th. I work with an amazing Director called Steve Earle.
The single comes off your new EP “The Wild Winds” – what’s the story behind the title?
Well it again was inspired from the sad loss of my father. It hit me pretty hard as I was so close to him. However, I feel that this EP has been a really good process with a certain amount of acceptance for me.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was pretty relaxed and really enjoyable. I spent 5 days in Studio Barxeta in Spain and focused on a song a day. I have learned recently that it’s important to be in a comfortable environment when recording, to gain ideas and creativity. The studio I used was near Valencia and has a great vibe to it. Nice little homely space that I feel makes me relax and really get into what I’m doing, there’s also an amazing swimming pool but that’s not much use in January. The writing process came pretty naturally this time around. I am going to be doing some co-writing with other artists for my next EP.
What was it like to work with Dani Castelar and how did that relationship develop?
Working with Dani is awesome. He is a man full of encouragement, motivation, knowledge and ideas to make the experience in the studio fun as well as consistent. It can be pretty long hours but you find you don’t notice as you start seeing results.
I worked with Dani on my previous EP “Changing”. I wanted to work with him again as I just feel like he’s totally on my wavelength as far as musical taste and references are concerned. Apart from the fact he has become a great friend. He’s worked with some great artists including Paolo Nutini, REM, Snow Patrol and even Michael Jackson.
How much did he influence on this record?
Well I get to the studio with the songs written and a rough idea of how I want them sound. Dani has the power to make that happen!
The music on the record has this really indie film-ish vibe, did any movie get to inspire the sound of this album?
No actually I didn’t have any inspiration from films. It’s purely other music that inspires.
How has tragedy influenced your music and yourself as an artist?
I think when something big happens in your life whether it be good or bad, it’s inevitable that an artist is going be creative with the joy or grief. In my case, having to deal with a parent going through severe mental health issues and then losing them is something to write about whether I like it or not. I naturally channeled some of my feelings through writing about it.
I wrote the song Changing because my father was showing signs of getting better in early 2016, I could see a glimmer of the spark he used to have about him and I was so happy, it was a positive song that people seemed to apply to anything going on in their lives. Then I released the EP with a photo of him (a professional potter) on the cover and got the awful news that day. He never got to hear the music, which is a great shame. I was hoping I would one day be I a position where I could help him out.
What role did Valencia play on the writing of this album?
The studio is so comfortable and a relaxed environment to record. It just helps when you want to be creative.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes definitely. I am just about to go on my first UK tour which is pretty exciting. I am also itching to get out in to Europe to perform as much as possible! Details of the tour can be found on my website. (www.harrypane.com)
What else is happening next in Harry Pane’s world?
Potentially another EP later in the year, I have my tour to do and I obviously need to keep writing! I am also a Busker on the London Underground which I much prefer to my former office job. I am actually a full time musician which is great.
I am going to be playing some UK festivals this summer and recently confirmed City Sound Project in Canterbury on April 29th. They kind of start rolling in from now onwards, last year was great in terms of festivals. I played SXSW, Glastonbury, Big Feastival, CarFest & Jimmy’s Farm Harvest Festival. I don’t think I’m going to beat that this year but I’ll give it a go.