Harvey Brittain Q+A

UK singer-songwriter & producer, Harvey Brittain, has already made a splash in the industry, most recently with his incredibly popular bop “Honest”, a track that’s doing numbers globally. After an early start to his music career, Harvey impressively was admitted into the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston, which he currently attends. The college is notorious for churning out hitmakers, and its reputation is respected worldwide. He’s performed in some of the world’s most popular venues including Wembley Arena, The London Palladium, and the Winter Gardens, impressive showings that will only continue to skyrocket both his following and his musical career in general.

In June 2022, Brittain knew he had a gem with his latest single “Honest”, produced by both himself and American Producer & DJ, H4RRIS Brittain splits his time between the UK and the US, and is currently working on his next release. 

Check out this Q&A, and stay tuned to hear more from the British rising star in the near future!  

So could you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got to where you are today?
Well, first off thanks so much for inviting me to the Q&A, it’s great to be here. That’s a great question with a not so simple answer, but here goes. So, although I’m based in the US right now, I’m originally from a city called Preston in England which is about 45 minutes out of Manchester. Preston’s one of those cities where if any American asks where you’re from, you just say Manchester…chances are they’ve never heard of Preston and they’re actually more interested in asking if you’re a Manchester City or United football fan. Growing up there was great though and it will always be considered my home, regardless of wherever I’m living in the world.

It was actually my Dad who inspired me to get into music. I started learning piano at about age 4 because of him. He’s a musician too, everytime I would go over to my grandmother’s house when I was a kid he would always hop on the piano and play something impressive. The idea of being able to do what he was doing was really appealing to me, so I eventually started learning with a piano teacher after some time, who conveniently lived right across the street from my grandparent’s house. She pointed out I had a pretty good ear., which was a cool discovery because I could hear things just once and play them back on the piano quite easily. When it came to actually reading the sheet music though – I was terrible. Literally useless. I used to memorize the pieces for my exams and then when it came to having to play for the examiner, I would sit there with the music in front of me and pretend I was reading it so it looked like I could read the sheet music…I was caught out a few times, but who cares when it’s jazz huh. A couple of years later when I was about 8 I started singing and would often accompany myself on piano too. I guess that’s what kicked it all off really. Over the next few years I started playing local gigs around my hometown, which then led to bigger performances, and then even more bigger performances. After I left high school, I applied to Berklee College of Music in the US, and won a scholarship to study there which was a huge surprise. I was just 18, and as intimidating the idea of moving thousands of miles away from home was, it was my ticket to kick start my career. Even though this was Boston and not NYC, Sting’s ‘Englishman In New York’ was playing on repeat in my head for the first week after I moved over…for obvious reasons. Living on this side of the pond really has helped pave the way for me over the last year. It’s already brought me a lot of great opportunities and connections and I’ve met a lot of seriously cool people in the industry so far. And well, here I am sitting in my recording studio in my apartment, with a great view of Boston’s skyline and with a not-so-great Starbucks ‘English Breakfast Tea’… Americans are great at many things, but sadly, making British tea is definitely not one of them 😉

Are you currently signed or independent?
I’m currently Independent, but I plan to start talking to some labels soon. You’ve got to give it all you’ve got when you do go for those opportunities and I’m just waiting for the right moment. I think it will be soon.
Who inspires you the most musically?
I take great inspiration from many many artists but if I had to choose I would say Charlie Puth, Dua Lipa, Bruno Mars and Tom Misch
What do you want people to take away after listening to your music?
I want them to feel connected with my music and with me as an artist. In a lot of my music the groove plays a massive role, so if I can make people want to dance to my tracks then that’s a big plus. I feel like a great formula to follow is that if you can make people dance or cry with your song, you’ve got a good record on your hands.
What is the purpose/reason driving you to pursue music?
I want to be able to make music for a big audience. It’s that simple. I want my music to resonate with my fans and make them feel like they’re a part of it almost. It’s definitely great knowing that your music moves people or makes them want to hear more. I think it’s all about connecting with your audience and fans so they feel involved. I hope to soon start touring so I can bring my music to as many places as possible!
What is your greatest achievement as a musician?
So earlier this year I received sponsorship from the ‘Jack Reacher’ writer, Lee Child, who took interest in supporting me and my music after we connected over email. That was definitely a heart stopping moment when I received an email back from him. He’s been an amazing support to my career so far, and he’s honestly the most generous and kindest guy I know. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am without his help. He exec produced the music video for ‘Honest’ which you can check out on Youtube. We had a lot of fun shooting it, and it was my first music video ever, so it was just an unbelievable experience for me. His two film adaptations of Jack Reacher starred Tom Cruise, which were two great movies and I believe Lee’s currently working on Season 2 of ‘Reacher’, which is the new Jack Reacher Amazon Prime series (definitely worth the watch by the way).
Do you produce your own music? If not, who do you work with?
I produce all my music myself, but I do love collaborating with other producers/artists. For my last track Honest, I worked with H4RRIS, who’s a really killing producer & DJ in the EDM/House scene. His stuff is sick, and he’s got a great brand so it was great working together and having him contribute to the track.
Who is one artist you wish you could work with?
It would have to be Charlie Puth. I love his tracks, and the fact that he self-produces all of his own stuff too is . It’s an added bonus that he went to Berklee too, I’ve heard some funny stories for sure…
Tell us about any new music you have coming out?
I have a new single coming out very soon called “It’s My Paris”, which I’m excited to drop. I actually released it back in 2019, but then decided to re-release it this year following the success of my previous single “Honest”
What does a day in your shoes look like?
Honestly my days are pretty packed. I get up at about 8:30 AM, shower, do the whole skin care routine thing. Then I usually eat and head into my studio to start or finish working whatever track I was working on the night before. I’ll usually head to Berklee for a few hours depending on my schedule and the lectures I have on that day. I spend a lot of my day in the studio, where I’ll be producing a session for either myself or another artist I’m working with. Sometimes sessions go on for hours so it’s important to take enough breaks to help you stay focused. At some point in the evening I’ll eat dinner and then I’ll spend the rest of the evening either working on new songs, or hanging out with friends! As you can see, it‘s pretty music focused – but I absolutely love it.