“Harry J Hart is a young fella but has some serious singing and guitar chops. Whether he plays with a full band and cuts sick or by himself, you need to check him out.” – JBeavis, Starving Kids.
Starting 2021 with a slot at Jungle Love Festival and Canada Music Week, Gold Coast teenager Harry J Hart has drawn attention from around the globe for his unique songwriting, vocal and guitar skills. This year has seen him drop a number of pop rock singles in the lead up to his debut EP ‘Holding On For My Life’, due out October 15. The release will be celebrated with shows at Gold Coast Home of the Arts on release day, and O’Skulligans in Brisbane on November 12.
But the fruitfulness of 2021 doesn’t stop there for Harry, who at just 19 years old was a Gold Coast Music Awards ‘Musician of the Year’ finalist – an award previously granted to Wolfmother’s Ian Peres. By releasing singles Make It Easy and Who We Are, Harry secured his reputation in the local music scene.
Earlier achievements by the talented virtuoso include training in LA under Tom Morello, Nuno Bettencourt, and Billy Howerdell, becoming a state finalist for the Listen Up Songwriting Prize, reaching #1 on the Triple J Unearthed charts, being a Queensland Music Awards finalist, becoming a Fenech Guitars endorsed artist, and being named Bluesfest Busking Competition’s Best Guitarist.
The artist attended Berklee College of Music Summer Guitar Course in Boston, USA twice (to study Classic Rock and Blues) and has supported gigs for Rick Price, Casey Barnes, Adam Brand, and Daniel Champagne.
Harry’s tunes offer a juxtaposition between foot-tapping music and reflective lyrics. His guitar forefront and thick bass lines deliver an upbeat vibe to get up and dance your ‘sad’ away! The EP was recorded at Head Atlas Studio in Moorooka with Joel Myles. All tunes were mixed by Myles and mastered by Paul Blakey of 12th and Vine Post.
“‘Holding On For My Life’ is a collection of songs that track the demise of a relationship. When listened to sequentially it opens with the post honeymoon phase in Who We Are, where the realisation of each other’s differences begins to dawn. Communication begins to drop, and feelings of mistrust arise in No Goodbye, then Come Back Down sees frustrations hit a breaking point when you know, to not lose yourself, you need to stand your ground.
Stay is about that point in a relationship where you are aware of the issues but are rationalising whether to fight for it or whether walking away is the right thing to do, and by Make It Easy the other person has made that decision an easy one for you, even if it does still hurt. The bonus track on this EP was the addition of my first single It Calls Out, as I feel it ties this story together with a sense of the old relationship still lingering behind you but not having let go yet.”
HARRY J HART EP LAUNCH SHOWS:
October 15, 2021 | HoTA (Basement) | Gold Coast QLD
November 12, 2021 | O’Skulligans | Brisbane QLD
‘HOLDING ON FOR MY LIFE’ IS OUT OCTOBER 15
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