‘It has made us more creative as we have been forced to think outside the box’ – The HARA shed light onto how these times are affecting musicians
The HARA are a high-energy three-piece alternative rock band comprising Josh Taylor (Lead Vocal), Zack Breen (Lead Guitar) and Jack Kennedy (Drums). Uniquely, he band have finessed their live sound through their use of pads, triggers and stems to quench their thirst for rock stardom. Off the back of their latest EP – We Are The Movement – we asked the band a few questions to discuss how these times are affecting musicians and find out a little more about how the landscape of the music industry will look moving forward.
What have you been listening to recently to ease the boredom of being cooped up?
All sorts! FEVER 333, Don Broco, BMTH, Yungblud, etc…. but I’ve also been listening to a lot of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Nelson, Tallest Man On Earth, Fleet Foxes.
How have you found the extended period in isolation has impacted your creativity? Have you found it to be a blessing or a curse?
I actually think it has made us more creative as we have been forced to think outside the box. We’re basically writing a song a day remotely and bouncing the tracks between each other and constantly building on them and adding to them. It’s really quite exciting!
Have you taken to any social media platforms to deliver live performances during this time? If so, how did you find the reception?
We are always active on social media; we’ve got loads of ideas bubbling away from some really interesting live performances. We’ve already done a live DJ set hah! But we upload playthroughs each week also.
Do you think this time will see a rise in ‘DIY’ musicians stepping into the spotlight? Do you think this is a good thing for the industry?
I don’t think there will be a “rise” as such … as now more than ever before we are truly living in the age of the ‘bedroom musician’ – I think we’ve all been forced to think outside the box with the live side of music. yet everything is digital now re-releasing music, social media, so I think we’ve all just got to adapt really.
How do you think this period will shape the music landscape for the years to come?
I think the loss of gigs, tours and festivals have really impacted everyone for the worse, to be honest. Not just musicians, but I know for a fact that the solidarity we create at our gigs makes our fans feel like it’s a place where they can truly express themselves – just like at festivals also, it’s a place to let your hair down and enjoy yourself. People are going to feel the fallout of this in the worst way possible for both the social aspects but also monetary as the industry has come to a standstill – it will take time to recover, but we will get there.
What is the first thing you are going to do when this is all over?
Go to the pub.
Have you got a message for any of your fans that might be reading this? Any means by which they can support yourselves/the band at this time?
If you find yourself struggling with isolation then please don’t suffer in silence, we are always here if you need us. Keep rocking out to our latest We Are The Movement EP and we will see you all on the road for our winter tour later this year.