KitSound x HP Music
----------- By KitSound Audio on 14/08/2019
KitSound x HP Music
We’re on home turf for our newest #MusicBringsUsTogether collaboration with Harrison Perks, owner and founder at HP Music.
HP Music are a specialist music producer who focus on recording and artist development and are based just down the road from KitSound HQ.
We caught up with Harrison to ask him how he became a music producer, and where he gets his endless motivation from!
First of all, what inspired you to become a producer?
When I was younger I was in a rock band, and I found that studios did not capture the sound that I wanted in my head. I had always been musical and decided that perhaps making the music would be a better way forward. I began producing at 18 and spent every hour that I could bettering my production, so I could then start working with other artists.
Who are your favourite musicians?
Do you play any instruments, and why did you start playing?
I play 10 instruments! Which is crazy, but it really helps when producing music. I started playing the piano at the age of three and I have my parents to thank for that! Piano and Guitar are definitely my favourite instruments to play.
If you had to listen to just one song for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
Definitely ‘Motivation’ by Sum 41.
When it comes to song writing, should melody or lyrics come first?
As a producer and composer, I am more about the melody myself. I always start with creating the music. However, I do think that as an artist, sometimes the lyrics come first as that is the core voice of the song! I think both are just as important.
Which one song do you wish you had produced?
’Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson!!!!
Are your musical tastes influenced by anything?
I am heavily into gaming, and I think listening to music in games really inspired me. There were so many genres that I would hear when playing and I began focusing more on the music than the gaming!
What’s the best music festival or live performance you’ve attended?
Fleetwood Mac at the Isle of Wight festival. They are so incredible live
What advice would you give to beginners in the industry?
Learn as much as you can, from anyone you can! When you start making music, you need to understand that you will never be finished with learning. Business is also something that is important to learn and understanding how to manage yourself and others!
What songs do you listen to when you need motivation?
Pop Rock music is really what gets me motivated!
What’s your favourite genre of music to produce?
I love all genres, but I really do love producing pop music these days. There is so much that can be done with the production and it’s really fun to be able to experiment with so many different sounds and themes.
If you could go back in time to meet anyone from the past, who would it be and why?
Freddie Mercury. I really would have loved to meet him and speak to him about his writing process, his art, and just to be in his presence!
Where do you go to find inspiration?
I can’t really explain it, but I am always being inspired, especially by the artists I work with. Gaming helps me switch off, which allows me to gather more ideas together when I am back in the studio. For the most part, I just feel an idea and run with it, it’s like an autopilot!