INTERVIEW: Harley & The Animals


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

Thanks for having me! I’ve been ok. I feel good, but with everything that is going on in this world, every day brings a new challenge or change. I’m afraid of what 2020 has left in store for us.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hello Rock N’ Roll”?

Sure. Hello Rock n’ Roll is a song that I had written some time ago. It’s got an edge that has led it to stick around for a while. It’s one of those tracks that sticks around in your life… that keep on showing up. Those are the good ones. I recorded it in my basement when I was living in New Jersey a few years ago. Then it just sat.I do that sometimes. I’ll record something to have it down, but will not release it until I have a decent batch of songs. I also make indie films so, when I made my last film Dead Envy, this was a perfect track to add to the soundtrack. We had it mastered and dropped it in. I then decided to release t as a single from the soundtrack and that is how the video came about. As far as the song… It’s an ode to all the Classic rock greats that have come before us, and what they gave us, how they make us feel… and how we should carry that tradition and pay it forward.

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

I was at a dinner one night several years ago. My friend pulled up a review from one of my former bands, Closer, and the headline was HELLO ROCK N’ ROLL. I thought… that’s an intriguing title.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was great. We thought, “what if it looks like an old garage?” Like we were rehearsing in a garage in the 1970’s or 80’s?” My fiancé’ Brooke Moore and I decided to go to work. We found old license plates, we pasted the door with old rolling stones magazine covers… we hung garage bits everywhere… we painted it blue… hehe. We had great time, and in the end we got something really special. Dominik Bauch, our director and cinematographer, has a great eye for capturing the right footage in the most professional and artistic way.

How was the recording and writing process?

Once I had the title, I started thinking about the music on an acoustic guitar. that started to shape up, and in the background on the tv was a Def Leopard, Behind the Music. They were talking about their song Rocket. Which has lyrics like Thin Lizzy- Major Tom. and the that lit a spark in my mind. I thought… hmmm… that’s an interesting concept. I then recorded it alone in my basement. I would start the click track in my headphones, then I would run to the drums, play the whole song in my head while I played the drums. Then I would lay down the bass and guitars, then the Vocals… until it was done. Then I had a friend Mark Lewis, he is a sound guy for Jesse Malin and some other big acts, he was also my guitarist in White Light Motorcade. I went to his studio in

New York City and we mixed it. Came out pretty great. He’s a great mixer and producer. This being part of a soundtrack, did you always wrote this song with this in mind?

I didn’t, as I stated above, it was sitting around for quite some time. I like to have songs laying around so that I can drop them into things here and there.

How did you go on blending the much classic aspect of rock music with modern sensibilities?

Well, I think the classic rock things embedded in my brain. it’s what I always listened to.

What’s old is new, so I think the old School sound is modern.

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

Yes. I am writing a new EP. It’s two songs that will be featured in a new film I am working on titled Wild Roads. The EP will be called Emotions in the Atmosphere. Should be out early in the New Year.

Any plans to hit the road?

I wish, but it seems that we will all be grounded for a while. Perhaps some one off shows in Hollywood eventually.

What else is happening next in Harley & The Animals’ world?

We continue to write and record songs, make movies, create things… and possibly play together a bit, once this COVID thing let’s us.


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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