13 Sep 2012
Harrison may only be 20 years old, but she's already a seasoned professional in songwriting and performing, and has clocked up more than a million YouTube hits.
At 16 she recorded her first album - and now is focusing on releasing a string of singles. This week she released the first stunning track of the series "Overexposure" (see video below).
We caught up with Harrison, and asked her more about her songwriting, her musical influences and what makes her tick.
How long have you been writing and performing music?
From the age of 6 or 7 I would write poetry and create little songs on the piano, but I didn’t put the two together until I was 15 when I wrote my first song.
How would you describe your sound?
Honest aggressive pop.
Which singers/bands would you say are your biggest musical influences?
Freddie Mercury, Muse, Eminem.
You’ve decided to focus on releasing singles for the time being, rather than on an album. Why is that?
An album is the first thing that artist’s seem to think they should do. Without an album, they almost don’t feel like they’re a “true artist”. The thing is, I did my first album when I was 16, so I don’t feel that panic to get an album out and prove myself. Having done one album, I have a much clearer idea of how I’d like to do the second– and that requires a large budget and the perfect team to support me and help me get there.
I’m also questioning the current concept of what an album should be. For example, you have someone like Rihanna who is consistently producing top 10 singles, but when you put them all on a CD – is that really an album? Or is it just a compilation of hit singles? I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that, but perhaps I will release my “Greatest Hits Compilation”, before my album ;) :D
The album will be a story that should be listened to from start to finish. Nowadays people don’t seem to have time to listen to an album from start to finish, or maybe it’s the patience. So I hope to create a film or some sort of visual aspect that would make people want to sit through my album and really breathe it in and understand the story.
What is your first single ‘Overexposure’ about?
It can be about a few things. For me, it was about finding out that my ex had moved on. I saw a little more than I had bargained for. It has a really frantic feel about it, which was exactly how I was feeling. The vocals are stuttered because I was stuttering! I didn’t know what to do, I wasn’t meant to have found out, so I was in shock.
What experiences in your life do you draw on for your songwriting?
A lot of the songs I’ve been writing about recently are to do with the difficulties that come with trying to achieve (seemingly) impossible dreams. But I’m happy to write about anything, it depends on what’s going on in my life at that exact moment.
You grew up in Scotland, but have spent some time in LA. What took you over there?
Escapism and a bit of “The Grass is Greener”. I couldn’t find anywhere to live for about 8 months (in the UK), and was feeling a lot of pressure from all angles. I needed to get away, but holidays stress me out because I can’t work on my music. So I decided I’d go to LA and try and set up some gigs and co-writes. I booked my ticket and travelled alone. It was perfect because I was able to focus on myself for a few weeks without any distractions.
Are you planning an album in the future?
Yes, definitely! Can’t wait!
As well as singing and performing, you also do all your own marketing, and design your own jewellery and costumes. That must keep you busy! How do you like to spend your down time?
I don’t have down time. But if I did, I would go and visit my new nephew!
Tell us a secret.
Come to one of my shows and maybe I’ll tell you one!
In the meantime, to fill your secret-hunting desires - go to www.postsecret.com. It' s amazing.
You can buy Harrison's single 'Overexposure' on iTunes.
More information about all things Harrison can be found on her website: www.lindaharrisonmusic.com