With hardly anything on the airwaves to date, Harlea seems a bit of an enigma in the music world, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have things brewing. She’s been working on writing and producing a new EP or album (she hasn’t decided quite yet) for the last year, splitting time between Los Angeles and London, drawing from a variety of influences and sources of inspiration.
After her show at Brighton’s Alternative Escape show on day one of the festival’s runtime, we had a chat about her plans for the near future.
Can you give tell me a little bit about the influences you’re taking for these songs, whether that be musically or other things outside of that?
I draw my inspiration from past experiences, experiences that my friends go through. I draw everything from the people that I meet on the street, or things that I see and observe. We have so much information as to what’s going on in the world that you can really use your imagination and pull from everything, so I wouldn’t say there’s any one form of inspiration that I draw from. I just let my imagination run wild and see what comes up.
What kind of sounds or concepts are you looking to look into this next EP or album you want to put out?
As you heard with my last two tracks, they’re slightly throwback, they’re quite guitar-heavy. A big majority of my album is guitar-heavy, but I do have a few tracks where there’s slightly different sounds that come out to show off different inspirations that I’ve fallen in love with. Overall, it’s definitely more of a pop album.
When you write a song and release it to people, or when you perform it in front of an audience, what is the most important thing you hope to invoke or inspire in them?
I love a live sound, and I just really want someone to enjoy the live inspiration, the instruments, the sounds, the real rawness of performing live. Even though not all of my songs are exactly the same as the way I perform, it’s very important to me that whenever I write a song and I record a song, that it can get translated really well live. I feel like anytime you perform live, it’s a different experience each time. It’s never exactly the same, and I think there’s a real excitement and a great energy, for us in the band but also for the audience.
What kind of plans do you have for the rest of the year?
I’ve got some other songs that still need finishing up, but the plan is to release. We’re hoping to get some kind of EP out this year, but we’re not going to rush it. The first EP is very important, and I don’t want to rush that. So we’ll put out a couple more singles, and then if everything works out, definitely an EP will be coming out this year.
Keep your eyes peeled for Harlea’s next single, the sultry guitar-driven ‘Beautiful Mess’, out soon.
Interview and image by Francesca Tirpak