INTERVIEW: Charlie Harris

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

Hey, thank you so much! I’ve been really great. I moved to New York City last summer and finally feel like I am adjusted to life here. 2019 has gotten off to an awesome start and I’m really excited to put out a ton of new music over this next year!

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

I would love to. MoonBounce is a dance-inspired track that is meant to be fun, spacey, a little dark, and make listeners want to MOVE. The song is dedicated to all of my friends in the space industry, who are some of the most hard-working and motivated people I have ever met. I left a career in space behind to pursue music, but my experiences will forever inspire me moving forward.

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

MoonBounce was the first song I wrote after moving to New York. It’s largely based around a really intangible concept in the chorus; a cross between a ticketed ride, a giant party, and an interplanetary adventure. Once I had the chorus idea down, so many lines and phrases just came to my head and it was a battle to put them down into verses in a way that made sense.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

It’s very tempting. Nothing concrete planned quite yet though…

How was the recording and writing process?

I write and record mostly at home. For this song, I recorded the vocals at 727 Studios in Bushwick, where it was also mixed and mastered. MoonBounce was also my most dedicated attempt at production; I had a lot of fun incorporating some of the different sounds and samples into the track.

What role does Brooklyn play in your music?

Being in New York has already been so influential after only 8 months or so. I’ve met so many people, been to tons of amazing live shows, and faced opportunities I couldn’t have imagined before. There’s something about the creative energy of the city, the history of entertainment here, and New York’s ability to maintain its role as a focal point of music throughout different periods and trends. The music scene in Brooklyn is so robust and inspiring right now, I am super grateful for what I’ve been exposed to here and the awesome people I’ve met!

How do you go on balancing the dark and much brighter themes together?

The darker themes in this track and a lot of my work come naturally from an emphasis on the future, which of course is always unknown. But more hopeful themes are extremely important to me because unknown doesn’t just mean dark! The future of the human race is so bright. Science fiction is our attempt at guessing what it will look like, and I think we can sometimes further intimidate ourselves with our own imagination. With my music I want to paint uncertain but promising pictures, and put my listeners in a forward-looking but positive mindset.

How have Muse, Daft Punk, and The Weeknd influenced your writing?

I love Muse because they’re unapologetically epic. Their 3-part Exogenesis Symphony from ‘The Resistance’ album is an all-time favorite of mine. They write forward-looking, beautifully dark music and aren’t afraid to explore scientific themes in their work, which I absolutely love.

Daft Punk has built a career around the promise of technology, both thematically in their art and physically through their tools of production, which is so awesome. They can also straddle the line between popular and cinematic (TRON Legacy soundtrack blew my mind…) Their conceptual exploration has been beyond inspiring to me and I’ll forever be chasing the quality of their sound.

The gloomier, edgy tropes of The Weeknd’s lyrics are super appealing to me, and his voice has been a standout inspiration for me in the recent music landscape. Obviously, I went nuts for the music he did with Daft Punk.

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

Yes, I will have another single out in March that I’m super excited about. It’s a little bit funkier, more light-hearted. Ultimately I hope to have an EP of about 5 or 6 songs out by this summer. It’s going to be very future-focused and touch on themes of religion, technology, science, and of course…love. There are probably more than enough songs about love, but it’s maybe the most unique and inexplicable thing about us. Something we may never get tired of exploring.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Hopefully no later than May. I do have a title but not ready to share it quit yet!

Any plans to hit the road?

No plans to tour right now, but I plan on doing a few shows later this spring in New York.

What else is happening next in Charlie Harris’ world?

My next single, No Pressure, will be out in March! In the meantime I’ll be focusing on my upcoming EP and performance opportunities.

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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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