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INTERVIEW: Haris

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

Hey guys! I have been doing well. A lot of positive things happening lately, so thank you guys for giving me the platform to share this with you. I’ve been working on new music and can’t wait to share it!

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

Come over is a song that I wrote about a year ago. It’s a dark & sexy R&B/Pop-song that represents all of the things you’d passionately do with your (or a) lover or your partner. Whatever works for you.

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

Not necessarily one particular event. All of my songs come from a certain feeling or idea that I’ve had in my head for a while. This one just happened. I was vibin’ to a simple beat I made, which included the basic elements of this song. The rest just came along naturally.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

The visual focus in terms of a music video is set on the next single. We might still shoot some material for ‘Come Over’.

How was the recording and writing process?

This is one of those songs that just happens naturally. I was trying out some new samples and it resulted in a part of the beat of ‘Come Over’. Recording is a very peaceful process for me because I have my own studio setup at home. The first voice memo I recorded is close to the final melody. I think I the writing process took about 2 days, but finishing it and making it sonically sound better took me a few days.

What role does The Netherlands play in your writing?

Well, I grew up in the Netherlands but I have Bosnian parents. I think that both those countries and cultures have inspired me to love and eventually make music. Living in the Netherlands offers a great platform to create opportunities in the music business. My Bosnian roots have inspired the way I write my melodies, and my singing technique. Those two combined simply make me who I am and therefore play a huge role in my songwriting and life in general.

What did you learn from your hey days back when you were a teen?

The main thing I’ve learned is not to want things too much too fast. Patience is key. It’s important to find yourself before you start doing stuff, whether it’s releasing music or choosing a career path or whatever. At first, I wanted to release music rather yesterday than today if that makes any sense. I’m happy I found my sound and myself, and I’m very proud to share this art with all of you in the near future.

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

It sure does! Two years ago I was still exploring the sound I thought would suit me best, when I wrote a song called ‘The Cure’. That was the moment I really considered creating my own piece of art to share with the world, and that’s when I started writing songs from a particular feeling, which resulted in the upcoming record.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The follow-up single is dropping mid-may. It’s one of the last songs I wrote for this album and it’s called ‘Hush’. It’s about the thrill of keeping a secret from people close to you. Most of the songs on the album have an edgy theme to it. That’s why I decided to name my album ‘Trouble I Wanna Get Into’.

How would this new record showcase an album?

Come over, to me, has a poppy melody, edgy lyrics and an urban production. I’ve always felt inspired by different genres including pop, R&B and hip hop. I’ve tried to combine these genres as naturally as I possibly could and I think that would define the sound of ‘Haris’ on the upcoming Album.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’ve been so fixed on creating that I didn’t really take the time to think of a live act, next to doing some local acoustic gigs. I have been working on something that will definitely showcase my singing & producing skills on stage, as I love to perform live. So I’m planning on hitting the road as soon as the Album drops.

What else is happening next in Haris’ world?

I am just living and enjoying life as much as I can. I feel blessed to be able to make music and share it with the world, so that is what I’ll keep doing. My focus, next to creating new music, is on creating a live act that completely supports the music I make, so I can hit the road.

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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