I’ve been great! I am fresh off the release of my new EP Pink Cloud and I am in the honeymoon stage of it all. I’m thrilled to have music out and see how people are responding!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Blue”?
Of course. “Blue” is a really personal record to me. I had this back and forth relationship with this girl and I felt there was a lot left unsaid between us. Once the relationship started to fray we only communicated through vague text messages, which lead to not speaking at all. But towards the end you try to get the last word in and a lot of messages get left with no response.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
“Blue” was a result of just getting ignored one too many times I guess. It’s a record about two people trying to validate their feelings towards each other at the breaking point. It’s kind of petty but I feel like I got the last word in with this song!
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, we already shot the visual for it and I’m super excited about how it turned out!
The single comes off your new album Pink Cloud – what’s the story behind the title?
The title is very broad in its meaning and I feel that it has even changed for me during the process of putting it together. I’ll start with where I first heard the phrase though. I was at a really low point in life and my drinking had become an issue so I started going to AA meetings, which was really out of my comfort zone. The people in the meeting explained to me that in the early stages of trying to get sober I would experience a “pink cloud” phase. Basically that moment where you come to terms with yourself and everything will seem to be flowing well because you’ve gotten rid of the toxic things in life. And they were right, but they also warned me that during this time I would be my most vulnerable, and maybe a little too confident in my control over my sobriety. They were right about that too. Since then I’ve tried to notice when life is going well and appreciate it because inevitably the low moments will be around the corner. I think that Pink Cloud scratches the surface of the highs and lows of the human experience.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process is always the best part. I’m a studio rat! I would say all of the sessions ran pretty fast because I go into the studio with the music already written. The writing process is where the madness lies. I get very reclusive when I write.
What was it like to work with Nature and Damian Clarke? How did those relationships develop?
It has been great working with them both. I met Damian through a producer I was working with in Houston. We started talking on the phone every day for a couple months just building a relationship and explaining to each other what our goals were as far as music goes. He had a lot of experience and I was green to everything about the music industry. He put me on a lot of game in a quick amount of time. He saw potential in me when I didn’t have the confidence to let it out. He had a plan from the start. When we finally all met for the first time I was introduced to Nature. He’s like the zen guy in the group. He is very organized and clear headed when you need an honest opinion. We all bring a different trait to the table and that’s why I think we function well together.
How much did they get to influence the album?
It was definitely a team effort to pull this project off. They were very transparent with how the project would be built out. I have a way of creating music and they set up the plays with producers and other musicians. They put me in the position to collaborate with the right people to get my vision across. I also depended on them giving me honest feedback so I would confide about my concerns or ideas about the project and I trust them to give a genuine response.
Known for playing with different genres – how do you go on balancing them together?
I think balancing genres is something I will always be working on. I would love to have a sound that could embody as many genres as possible. I am a fan of all types of music and I think it shows in my records on Pink Cloud.
What role does Atlanta play in your music?
Atlanta now plays a big part. I have been here a little over a year working on the EP and I love being in this city. I’ve learned so much about music being here. Between the legendary studios to record out of and the artists based here in the city, I cannot think of a better place to put together music. There’s a different kind of compassion for music here.
What emotions did you get to explore on this record?
I would say the theme of Pink Cloud is vulnerability. Writing these records about relationships and love that happened in the past forced me to reevaluate how I handled those situations. I think this EP has brought me closure on a lot that I can’t change.
What made you want to go for a much vulnerable approach?
I wanted to explore that emotion because it’s something everybody feels, but it seems we never know when we are being vulnerable until it is too late.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I find inspiration from a lot of sources—movies, books, even a conversation with someone. Anything that I enjoy or am curious about I attempt to feed into the work.
Any plans to hit the road?
I have big plans for hitting the road! I am ready to get out there and connect with as many people and fans as possible. There are so many interesting things to spark my creativity for records from road life.
What else is happening next in Alex Harris’ world?
We have some really cool visuals for Pink Cloud coming out soon and I also have another standalone single we’ll be putting out. We shot the video for it in England and I am really excited about it!