Harlym - 10 Questions Music Interview
HARLYM is a 17 year old American singer-songwriter. She was born in Clarksville Tennessee, but moved frequently throughout her childhood from Louisiana, Washington Dc, Detroit, Florida, Virginia, and Baltimore City, where she spent most of her time. Her non-traditional upbringing motivated her unique sound. Harlym uses her voice as a vehicle taking you on a vibey journey through her mind. Using music as an element that transcends physical restraints, Harlym is not afraid to share her knowledge to enlighten the world.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I remember being in Detroit at my Grandma's house and my dad made a home studio. You know, the ones with the computer usb mic. My dad recorded songs and ask me and brother, Reezan, to join him. I was 5 years old. This is when I fell in love with music. When I was 8 years old, my sister recorded a video of me singing a cover of, Bruno Mars, Perfect. That's when I knew I wanted to be a singer professionally.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I don't have anything extremely crazy that's happened yet, but honestly just having as much supporters as I do is pretty crazy to me. Like it's very surprising that so many people genuinely like my music, it makes me so happy.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Moving to California to pursue my music career is definitely my high point. Moving to LA made me more motivated to work on myself, and my music.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
When I write my songs, I usually write about how I'm feeling at the time. It's better for me to write music when I'm in a peaceful and colorful room. I love being by myself when I make music, I feel more free to experiment when I'm alone.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Being an Indie artist in this day in age can be a little challenging because the main music that's popular right now is rap/pop music. Not to say that indie music doesn't have a very huge following, but I personally think it's a little harder to become a well known Indie artist, than a rap or pop artist. One thing I would change about the music industry, is how it's so uptight with it's rules on music artist. I feel like artist should have more freedom, and have the ability to experiment outside of the normal structure.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would definitely share the stage with MGMT and Grimes. MGMT have been my favorite music group since I was like 8 or 9. They seem so fun to perform with. I would also love to perform with Grimes just because she's just a really dope artist, and she makes really live and upbeat music.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I would take a week to prepare my voice. Staying away from dairy and starch products, like cheese, milk, and bread. I would drink hot tea, honey and lemon juice to make my voice smoother and more clear. Mentality, I prepare by just doing it. I don't think about I just do it.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The songs I have out now, were not that challenging to write. They all kind of came to me naturally, but the song that took a little more thinking than the rest is Senses. I made this song, while I was staying with my mom in Virginia. I was really proud of this song when I finished it because it just made so much sense, if you know what I mean. It's like every bar had a meaning. Although, I try to do that with all my songs, Senses just stuck out a little more.
What's coming up in the future?
I'm in the process of completing my Debut EP. I teamed up with one of my producers, Nomad, and we vibed out for about 3 days. I wrote about 12 songs. Also, I'll be starring in a Reality Show, Harlym World, which shows my life beyond my music. Harlym World highlights my day to day life. Look forward to tons of music videos and virtual jam sessions. I also want to be more creative with my lyrics and melodies.
Tell us where fans can access your music?