Interview with Harry Pane

Harry Pane is a musician, where I have to hold my hands up and admit I only just thought was just OK when I first heard his music. Since then ours paths kept on crossing and with that, I found myself listening to more of his songs. Doing so flipped a switch as my ears finally recognised the talent that Harry possessed. Honestly, I still don’t understand why I did not see what this songwriter had to offer sooner but it’s better late than never.

Harry Pane left Northamptonshire to pursue music, and is now London based where he is gaining an impressive reputation for songs that are stories with a personal touch. With influences that include John Martyn, Christy Moore, Damien Rice, Rocco Deluca and Bob Dylan he has learned to mould a sound that is a blend of folk-blues soul. He has been busy showcasing his talents with gigs across the UK and performed at iconic festivals including SWSW (Texas) and Glastonbury. These shows have been receiving praise for his guitar style (which blends cool riffs and slide guitar techniques) and a captivating soulful tone.

I wanted to share with you more information about Harry Pane so the best way to do this was to get the man himself involved. I’m glad to say that he was more than happy to do so and answer what questions that I had for him. These are the answers he had for me:

Was there a moment or someone that inspired you to become a musician?

I have been lucky enough to be brought up around parents that have a passion for music. My late father would always be listening to Dylan, John Martyn, Christy Moore among others. He also played guitar a lot when I was a child and that inspired me to do it. I have been performing live now around 12 years but only developing my original music in the last year or so.

Were there any particular musicians who help influence your music and it’s sound?

John Martyn has always been a huge influence of mine. As well as many more artists, including Christy Moore, Bob Dylan, Damien Rice, Glen Hansard. My father was always a huge support and influence to me musically. That is why his picture is on the front of my EP ‘Changing’.

For new fans out there, what singles/EP’s/Albums have you released so far?

Ashes & Wine was recorded in my mates bedroom in 2011, this year I recorded an EP called Changing with a great producer called Dani Castelar, released June 2016. (available on Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud)

From the songs you have created which is your favourite songs and why?

The song that is closest to me is ‘Hazy Eyes’. It is about the history of mental health that my Father had sadly suffered from for quite a long time. I also enjoy writing songs like ‘Cold Light of Day’ from my new EP ‘Changing’, tracks like that are very enjoyable to perform live and appeal to a wide audience.

What can people expect from your shows?

I perform mainly folk/blues material and try to give it 100% at every show I do.

If there were to be a movie about you and your music, who would you like to play the part of you and why?

Harold Bishop

What are your future plans and goals for your music?

I hope to release more material with Dani Castelar as he is a fantastic person to work with. I have a new EP planned for release in early 2017. It’s a long shot but I would love to have the chance of performing on ‘Later with Jools Holland’. It is something I have been watching and following since I was a teenager and I have found some truly inspiring artists from that show.

Finally, is there anything you like to say to any new listeners out there or maybe to any of your fans who are reading this?

There’s more to come from me yet, I’ll keep working hard, so it’d be great to have you on the journey with me!

 

Harry’s debut release ‘Ashes & Wine’ is so good and I still can’t wrap my brain around how the bluesy slide guitar techniques on the EP did not grab my attention in the beginning. Getting passed that, this EP has a wonderful blend of Americana, folk and blues which is the soundtrack that supports an impressive lyrical talent. It’s old soul feel is a nod to Harry’s influences with the story telling quality of his music. Listen to my favourite song ‘Mamma’ which shows off these skills by delivering a great bluesy tone. Also check out the title track ‘Ashes & Wine’ as his lyrical talents really stand out on this one.

After a successful Pledge campaign, Harry was able to release the follow up EP ‘Changing’ which was officially released in June this year. It has been almost 18 months between releases and during that time you can hear how Harry has been busy fine tuning his vocals, guitar skills and song writing talents. ‘Changing’ shows that he has stepped up his game (but in a natural progression) and has given the world of music his best collection of songs by far.

Each song shows off the improvement in the way he now creates music. The opening track ‘Changing’ offers a much more confident vocal style which feels less raw but still keeps his captivating natural tone. ‘Ghosts’ and ‘Karma’s Prey’ sweeps the listener away with it’s sound thanks to the way he arranges his music. I love how the guitar style seems to deliver more emotion and this reflects the tone of the lyrics perfectly. Wrap all these highlights together and bring me that wonderful old school bluesy tone and you get my personal favourite Cold Light of Day’.

With two releases that confirm that Harry Pane is a real talent, you can understand why there is such a buzz around what he creates. Head over to his Soundcloud page which you can listen to both EP’s in full. If you are now a fan then you can purchase Harry’s music from the usual online stores of iTunes and Amazon. These EP’s are really good but I would like to see him release a longer EP (maybe 7 tracks) or better still, an album. I want to hear a true showing of his talent as I feel he still has more to offer.

If you want to find out more about Harry Pane, his music and upcoming shows then you visit his social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) or HarryPane.com. As always, my usual message to support independent and unsigned music. Songwriters like Harry Pane need our support so they can continue to do what they love. So go on, support the music that matter to you TODAY!