RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW NOTTINGHAM ARTIST HARPA
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I’ve always been a singer-songwriter so always been a soloist
Introduce us all to you and your musical history?
I’m Harpa a singer-songwriter in Nottingham. I was signed 4 and half years ago to DooBeDoo Music and have been working, songwriting, and developing as an artist with them, carefully honing my craft and finding my sound. My album is now mostly written so this is an exciting year for me
What’s the best piece of advice you have received?
Stop waiting for the future, you’re experiencing life right now.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic? If so what?
Just about the whole of Aldi, yes.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
What support is out there for new artists in Nottingham?
There is a lot of online help and guidance around if you hunt it out and Nottingham is very good for supporting local talent. We have some of the countries best live venues here (Rock City, The Bodega etc etc)
If you could choose, would you prefer to time travel to the past or go forward in time? And why?
Back in time, the future is not ours to know. And the past has Jeff Buckley and Kurt Cobain, so count me in.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I have two degrees in history and speak Russian? I don’t know if that’s interesting or just me bragging, but you have to back yourself, right?
Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
Taylor Hawkins on the drums, Colin Greenwood on the bass, Jeff Buckley for vocals and George Harrison on guitar.
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Get out of my way. (Not really: persevere. Take rejection on your chin and keep going. Don’t focus on fame and do what you love).
What’s your biggest achievement as an artist?
Playing the Bodega in Nottingham. My friends and I have a running joke where if someone says something stupid we make it a band name and say we “Saw them at the Bodega!” So it was kind of a big deal to actually play there, and I got to be on the list myself.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I think I’ve managed to combine rather operatic, powerful vocals with both orchestral and rock elements. And I tell quite an in-depth tale through my songs, while still keeping it catchy and memorable. It’s a unique mix, but it works.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
That I’m not on a sold-out world tour. But I can wait.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
That’s right, Hollow comes out Friday 10th June. It’ll take you on a bit of an emotional and musical journey, let’s just say that.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I was inspired by a drunken conversation with a very good friend of mine, where I was lamenting the very powerful, and often negative, emotions I feel. I wondered aloud if it would be easier to not feel at all, and hence the chorus was born.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, it conveys everything I wanted to convey. And from the reactions of the few people who have heard it, it’s a banger.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
As many gigs as possible, really. We’ve spent a lot of time holed up in the studio, and we’re now ready to get back out there and perform a very new and fresh repertoire. (And then world domination, of course).
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I have a whole album written already, so keep your eyes and ears open.