INTERVIEW: Ross Harris

Hi Ross, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Good thank you, busy working on new music and battling a winter cold, but I can’t complain too much.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Man Overboard”?

Of course…it’s my second release and I’m pretty excited for everyone to hear it. It’s not your conventional pop song, but I’m hoping it still connects to people. It has a kind of dark and mysterious edge, but I like to think people will enjoy it and sing along.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I suppose just trying to move on from certain things in life, and the time spent and decisions you make that come with that transition. It’s not always simple, as we all know.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not right now. I have a lot of content that i’ve been using for short videos for social media etc, but trying to write, produce and manage myself doesn’t leave a lot of room for much else unfortunately!

How was the recording and writing process?

I had an idea for a beat and a chord progression, and just the line ‘Man overboard’. I decided to try and base everything around that kind of floating and misplaced concept…thats why the verses are quite sparse, with unexpected chords, and then the choruses are washed out and wavy, with different synths moving around against the beat.

What role does the UK play in your writing?

The UK is where I do all my writing, either in my flat or in various studios around London. I love going away and finding inspiration from new places, but theres nothing like home.

After the success from your previous record, were you any nervous while working on this newest single?

It’s always nerve-racking releasing new music, but i’d say I’m more excited than nervous at the moment – I have a lot of music to get out so the most nerve-racking thing is deciding on what to release at what time, and whether people will like it.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else than when you are writing in your own?

Sure, when you’re in the room with someone else I find the most important thing is patience, and tolerance. Everyone wants their idea to be heard and used, but you almost have to take a back seat with your own ideas and if someone says they’re not right, live with it and move on. Everyone is working for the same outcome. When you’re alone you can write whatever you like, but its hard to be subjective and know what if you’re doing is right…it can be a vicious cycle!

Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

I’ve got a few more singles planned first, and then an EP…for me an Album is a big process, and I don’t just want it to be a bunch of songs i’ve thrown together. I like the idea of an album being a story or journey, like Kendrick or Bon Iver, or at least themed with a concept. I feel like thats lost a bit nowadays.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’d say early 2018, I have another 4-5 singles planned for this year first, then hopefully an EP.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m hoping to get some cool support slots at some point soon, once more songs are out and more people know about my music. And then maybe some of my own shows when the time is right. I’ll be working on live studio videos for my next releases however, which can hopefully act as a cool replacement until its ready to kick off.

What else is happening next in Ross Harris’ world?

Well i’ve just moved into a new apartment, so besides working on the new music i’m spending time adding the final touches to my home studio. I have some time away drumming for artists coming up in America and around the UK, and then the planning starts for my next release in April. I’m also going to spend some time grieving, as it looks like my football team is about to be relegated from the Premier League. Damn.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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