60 Seconds With… Remi Harris
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60 Seconds With… Remi Harris

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Define your genre in five words or less:

Gypsy jazz.

How long have you been gigging and writing?

I started writing when I was seven and my first gig was when I was 11.

What part of making music excites you the most?

My favourite part is recording. I think that’s when you really put the paint brush to the canvas and create a piece of art. I also really like jamming; I suppose it’s more like sketching. I love it when you get in a room with a few musicians and maybe a couple of mates having a beer and you just jam all night. I have hours of recordings of sessions I’ve had with people just improvising on tunes or riffs. It’s great when you set up some kind of dialogue and all of the playing just happens in the moment.

What inspires or has influenced your music the most?

Some of my biggest musical influences would be Led Zeppelin, Wes Montgomery, Bireli Lagrene, Chet Baker, Peter Green, Stan Getz.

What makes a good musician?

I think the most important thing is to listen.

What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed?

I think the best thing to do is just concentrate on music, don’t think too much about trying to “make it” or any of that stuff. Just enjoy playing and if something happens then great but if not then you haven’t wasted any time chasing something… you’ve just had fun.

How do you balance making and playing music with your other commitments?

It tends to be more how I balancing everything else around making and playing music.

What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?

I have a new album out called Ninick that is available from my website remiharris.co.uk or from gigs.