Q & A – ReverbNation Competition Winner Joe Harkin – A little bit of History

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For those readers that haven’t heard of you before could you tell us about yourself your story?

Yeah, so i’m a singer\songwriter form East Yorkshire. I’ve been performing as a soloist for the the past 7-8 years.  I didn’t actually start learning to play the guitar until i was about 19/20 years old. After coming back from my first Glastonbury trip in 2007 i realised i’d like to get into music and soon joined a local band.  We enjoyed some success at regional level and played  couple of big venues including the O2 Academy Liverpool and the famous Cavern Club. Unfortunately due to work commitments the band folded in 2011.

Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?

I think seeing the Arctic Monkeys perform at Glastonbury was the turning point which made me want to start playing myself.

Which artists and which albums have stuck with you throughout the years?

During my high school years i mainly used to listen to rap and hip hop music. Artist like Eminem and Wu-Tang Clan.  It wasn’t until i’d left school and started college that i started to discover and listen to a more broad spectrum of music.  Rage Against The Machine have always been ever present, especially the album Evil Empire.  I can also remember hearing From Ritz To Rabble by the Arctic Monkeys for the first time and was drawn in straight away. I still play their first album regularly.

Could you tell us a bit about the ReverbNation Competition winning track History?

I can remember coming up with the chords for History sat in my kitchen but struggling to come up with any lyrics at first. Then a couple of days later i came up with the verses. The chorus came shortly after when i was sat in my car on my dinner break at work.

Where do you draw inspiration from when writing music?

I’ve always just tried to stick to the philosophy of just writing about what you know. I can be inspired by anything really. I seem to write more from an observational point of view i think.

Could you tell us about your latest single Dead Mans Shoes?

Dead Mans Shoes is song about a guy who basically ends up going down the wrong path and loosing his way in life. The musics relatively up beat but the story behind it’s pretty sad. Its still only in its demo stage at the moment.

What is your favourite venue to perform at?

I’ve played at The Fruit Market in Hull a couple of times which has always been good. Theres just a good buzz about the place.

Here at Artistic Echoes we are always on the look out for new artists do you have anyone you could recommend?

I recently saw a band called The Blinders. Thoroughly enjoyed them. Plenty of energy, they’ve got some top songs as well.

What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

Just keep to keep playing gigs and trying to get the music out there. I’ve been looking at trying to do some more live acoustic sessions as well. An albums been in the pipe line for a few years as well so hopefully that will come to materialise soon.

Find out more:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/joe-harkin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joeharkinmusic
Bandcamp: https://joeharkin.bandcamp.com/
ReverbNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/joeharkin

 

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