RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AUSTRALIAN ARTIST KAREN HARDING
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Music was always a huge part of my life.. I always wanted to sing around the house and make up little tunes.
It was never something that I thought about becoming serious with.. I never believed that work could be something that I love so much.
It wasn’t until Covid lockdowns that I had the downtime to really consider that I could actually share my music with the world. I released my first single in May of 2021 and the response blew me away.. I’ve been sharing music ever since.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I am a folk-pop singer-songwriter out of Melbourne Australia.
I began to play the piano at the age of 6 and started formal singing lessons at 14 years old. When I was 21 I began to play gigs around Melbourne with an acoustic duo that I was playing with at the time.
When Covid hit, I began a musical platform called Sounds On The Couch, which gave me the opportunity to get to know so many amazing artists and industry professionals.. seeing the inner workings of the independent music industry gave me the ability to see what I could do with my own music, and I have been creating and releasing music since that time.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing? I think it is incredibly hard, however, that being said, independent artists have a greater opportunity than they ever have for their music to be heard. The internet, social media, streaming platforms, and other ways of connection that keep popping up, give us an opportunity that would only have been possible by signing up to major labels in the past.
This means that there are a lot more artists in the market, which does makes it hard to stand out, however, no business is meant to be easy to get off the ground.
For where I am at, I feel that I am doing well. I am still in the fairly early stages of my music career, however I have some incredibly amazing loyal supporters of my music, I am building a solid portfolio of income sources to make it sustainable and I am sharing what I absolutely love to do, on a regular basis.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world (Including RGM Australia recently) to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Absolutely.. every bit of support that can be given to artists and opportunities for the world to hear independent music is always a good idea to me 😊
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I don’t think so. People around me often find many of my ideas at the moment a bit whacky, as my imagination can run wild at times.
Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in your Town / City?
There are so many amazing acts coming out of Melbourne in the independent world!
I am always inspired by artists like ALETHIA, Samantha Sharpe, Timothy Wolf, Velvet Bloom, Madi Leeds… the list could go on forever!!
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
My best advice would be to gather up all your reservations, fears and judgements about starting, neatly fold them up and place them somewhere safe.. then.. just give it a go.. warts and all.. make mistakes.. learn.. explore.. see what’s possible and what works. You don’t need to begin perfectly.. you just need to begin, and you will learn from your journey.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I love an adventure. I recently converted the back of my Mazda 2 into a car campervan so that my dog, Mojo, and I could head out to some beautiful destinations.
Unfortunately, my first trip was a little too much of an adventure and we didn’t get to spend the night, however, we’re looking forward to taking full advantage of the snug little space 😊
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
My music portrays emotion, that can be felt in any language or culture.. whether human.. or alien..
The songs tell stories of life as it feels to experience being a human. Aliens could learn a lot about our lives by listening to my music..
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I always find this question very interesting.. for me, I’m not trying to compete or to rise above other artists.
I am in my own lane, creating my own creations and sharing my own sound.. I am sharing the experience of what it’s like to be me, and that’s probably the only thing that no other artist can be.. there is only one of me.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
I do. I have been releasing one single a month for the last 4 months, and have finally released my final track, ‘Letter to my friend’ and the full EP.. It brings such a great feeling to have it all out in the world.
The final track is the most intimate and personal of all the songs on the EP.
‘Letter To My Friend’ tells a story of sharing with people close to you who receive difficult news.. it’s the processing of the news and the personal experience in receiving that news, as well as the recognition that you know that they will make it through.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
When I wrote this song, I had no intention of sharing it with the world.. it was my way of processing a time that I found extremely challenging in my life.
I had a number of people very close together share some very difficult news about them and it was something that I found extremely overwhelming at the time.
Writing this song, sitting on my guitar, and singing, gave me the space to be able to process the news and move from overwhelm to peace.
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was great! I was recording this song with my incredible producer, Joshua Hennessy and we always have such a great time working together.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
I think that there is always so much to learn within songwriting, but with these songs, they just flowed and came out of me as an expression. I think it’s important sometimes to just allow it to come to life.
Since I wrote these songs, I have had the amazing opportunities to work with so many other great people and have been exposed to many other ways of writing music.. I think that I’ll always be learning and growing and that excites me so much!
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I don’t think I would. It’s exactly as it should be for where I was when I recorded the track.
It’s so easy to go back and think about so many things that you can change after it’s finished, and it can send you crazy.. the need for perfection, however, I think there’s something beautiful in the imperfection that takes people on a journey with you as you grow and get better and better.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Thank you so much for having me.
I have so many exciting projects that will be coming out over the coming months.. be sure to keep an eye out HERE