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RGM INTRODUCING – AUSTRALIAN ARTIST KAREN HARDING

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

When did you realise that you were into music?

I don’t think there was ever a time when I made a realisation that I was into music. Music was always a part of me.. I was always singing around the house and always had little tunes when I was young.

When I was 6, I started to learn to play the piano and started formal singing lessons when I was 14.

While I was always into music, I never really shared my music publicly.. I played gigs from the time I was 21, as a part of a duo, but it was always behind the scenes.

When Covid began, I had the opportunity to reflect and explore what I loved and begin to share my music with the world.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

The best advice I have ever received is to just give things a go.. to explore what’s possible and to do it in your own way.

We are in a time when as an artist, we have more freedom to make our own way than we ever have. If you’re an independent artist, you can try anything and you can find the people who enjoy what it is you have to share. You don’t have to follow an exact roadmap.. you can make the roadmap work for you.

I am so grateful that since sharing my music, so many people have received it so well and have inspired me.

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic? If so what?

I had this ‘great idea’ during the pandemic, that while I was working away on my computer, I would get fit by using bike pedals.. 

I bought these little portable pedals to use, but they slipped on my floor when I tried to use them and turned out completely useless.

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the unsigned scene?

I am lucky enough to be exposed to so many independent artists on a daily basis through running an online independent musicians platform called Sounds On The Couch.

There are so many inspiring independent artists that I am loving at the moment.. Some great artists include Dom Malin, Luna Keller, Hannah May, Minhy, KOOLZ.. so many!



What useless party trick/talent do you have/? 

I have extremely bendy fingers. My little fingers are bent sideway at the joint and it used to come in very handy when I was a kid and wanted to get out of things I didn’t want to do! Haha

My other fingers are all double-jointed so I can definitely creep a few people out with the way they can look when I move them around.

If you could choose, would you prefer to time travel to the past or go forward in time? And why?

Of course, I would love to go forward in time just enough to find out the next lotto numbers 😊

I think it would be amazing to go back in time and have discussions with some of the greatest minds that have determined so much of what we do and have now.. I would love to meet Albert Einstein, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Sigmund Freud.. or musically.. Leonard Cohen, Mozart or Frank Sinatra.

I think that discussions with any of these people would have the possibility of changing your perception of life completely.

What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?

Be clear with yourself, about what your own goals and dreams are, and go with your gut as to who you work with or have helped you along your journey.

There are some truly amazing people to work with, but not everyone is a good fit for you in your journey.

Try things out and don’t be afraid to do what’s right for you.. even if it’s not what others would do.

What’s your biggest achievement as an artist?

In the last year, I have won a Bendigo bank-sponsored local radio songwriter competition and placed top 10 for both the World Songwriting Awards and the International Unsigned Artist Awards, which have been amazing recognitions.

I feel, however, that my greatest achievement is just continuing to expand, grow and explore.. every week, I feel that there is something new and exciting and I love the world of being an artist and the incredible people that I have the opportunities to meet.

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

I do! 😊

‘Til The Ocean Meets The Shore’ is the 2nd single release of my 4 track EP, which will be fully available in October on all streaming platforms. (or you can shortcut and purchase the full EP HERE

The track is an acoustic guitar-based track and was recorded and produced by my amazing producer, Joshua Hennessy of Pivotal Music Melbourne.

Talk me through the thought process of the single.

This song was written with just me and my guitar, during Melbourne Covid lockdowns.
At the time, I had been working through a lot of personal development type challenges.. the song was firstly an acknowledgment of how far I have come since I began, and then as the chorus kicks in, it declares that we will not give up.. we will keep going to get to where we want to go.

I feel like there is a lot of power in this song, despite the fragility and vulnerability expressed.

What was the recording process like?

This track was recorded at my producer’s studio and it is always so much fun going through the process there with Joshua Hennessy. 

At the time we recorded the vocals for this song, I was a little unwell, so I ended up re-recording the vocals myself at a later date.
Josh is such a professional and so easy to work with, and he just makes the whole process of recording so easy.

Why record an EP? A lot of artists are going down the road of regular singles, just interested in your thoughts on committing to an EP right now.

This is a great question!

I think in a lot of ways it is very much a singles market when it comes to streaming.. Ultimately, artists really can’t rely purely on streaming income if they want music to be their career, at least in the early days.. you really do not earn much from streaming.

Creating an EP, allows an artist to create something physical with the release, for example, CD, Vinyl, digital downloads etc. that they can share with their audience.
As well as this, music for me is a creative exploration.. I love the process of creating the designs that you use for these larger projects, where you don’t have the opportunity for a single in the same way.

The EP is being released one single at a time, once a month until the full EP is out, which still provides the benefit of releasing singles in the streaming market.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single EP?

When I wrote the songs on the EP, they were not originally written with the intention of releasing, which made them so easy to write.. they just flowed out as an expression of what I was feeling.

For me, the biggest learning curve was learning about releasing an EP, rather than singles, as this is my debut EP.

I needed to learn about barcodes and UPC numbers for physical CD releases and how to include them in artwork designs, as well as the differences in selling and shipping physical products.. While I had sold merch previously, it had always been fulfilled, so selling the products and shipping myself was a whole new experience for me.

I loved the learning process and the skills will definitely help me with future releases.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

As a songwriter and artist, you are always growing in your songwriting and skills.. these songs were written a while back and I have grown as an artist. I always get more excited about the new songs I’m creating in the present that hasn’t been released.

That being said, I wouldn’t change anything about the EP.. the songs reflect who I was at the time when the songs were written and capture the emotion of the stories.

What are your plans for the year ahead?

For the next couple of months, I will continue releasing the EP tracks..

I’ve been working on some amazing collaborations and have some tracks ready to share after the EP is released.

Beyond the releases. I am just looking forward to exploring and seeing what happens.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Thank you so much for all your support!

You can find me at:

www.karenh…gmusic.com
www.instag…rdingmusic
www.facebo…dingmusic1
https://tw…hardingmus

Thank you for having me! 

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Thanks for joining us today mate, all the best, and keep in touch.