INTERVIEW: Harry Permezel

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


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

Sure. It’s a song I wrote and recorded in August 2017 that reflects emotions of being uncomfortable in an environment you once felt comfortable in. Like when you go somewhere you used to go frequently for the first time in ages – that disconnect you feel. There’s a story thrown in there too.

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

Kinda, but that’s for you to figure out.

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

No plans yet, but I want to. We were going to shoot one in New Orleans, but we were only in town for 2 days and didn’t have time. I was going to stand in front of a Mardi Gras parade and play the song with all these beads being thrown at me, it would have made a really fun video. In the mean time, the second single coming out has a video directed by my friend Conor – He’s amazing. Really excited to share that one. 

The single comes off your new album Wax Man – what’s the story behind the title? 

There is a song on the record called Wax Man, which is titled because of a line where I say “looking like you were made of wax”. No real deeper meaning than that. 

How was the recording and writing process? 

Slow, but relaxed. I just write them and then record them in my little home studio I put together. I can record whenever I want which is nice.

What role does Melbourne play in your writing? 

I’ve lived in Melbourne my entire life so I don’t gain any real inspiration from it. Maybe I’ll reference a street sometimes, but thats about it.

What made you want to make this such a personal record? 

I like music that is revealing, vulnerable, and honest – so I try to write songs like that too.

What personal things did you get to discover on this record? 


Any plans to hit the road? 

We just played some shows in the South. I’ve never been on a big tour before because it’s hard to do in Australia, everything is really far apart. I’d love to at some point though.

What else is happening next in Harry Permezel’s world?

I’m taking a break from writing music for the solo project at the moment. I wanna spend some time recording other bands and collaborating more in an effort to broaden my horizons and to gain some new ideas and perspective. I have some very talented friends to work with. Hopefully I will have another record out next year.

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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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