Harry Pane

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Harry Pane find out more about him...

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I have been lucky enough to be brought up around parents that have a passion for music. I grew up in a farmhouse in Northamptonshire and my 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 15 years but only developing my original music in the last few years.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
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.

How would you describe your sound?
Something that's constantly evolving but it fits into the genre of Indie-folk.

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What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
It's called Beautiful Life and I wrote it after a difficult time in my life and it's about having support around you which helps you to make peace with it. My recent music definitely takes you on the journey with me, it's very honest and personal.

What’s your local music scene like?
I now live in Walthamstow, London and it's a great circuit, I am lucky enough to have met so many talented and inspirational people so far.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Well, I am off to play SXSW in Austin, Texas so that will be lots of fun. I played in 2016 but it feels like the right time to be doing it now. I plan to release music every 8 weeks and I'm playing a tour support in Germany for a band called Mainfelt as well as some great UK and European Festivals. I don't plan to release an album yet, with streaming dominating the way people listen to music it doesn't feel the right thing to do at the moment but I'd love to have a body of work I'm really happy with eventually and put it out as an album.

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate and learn a few things from the likes of Richard Thompson and Glen Hansard. I also think Damien Rice would be an incredible experience and I recently saw Bon Iver live at Hammersmith Apollo and I can honestly say it was a true inspiration.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I once had a sausage roll chucked at me from the back of the venue. I saw it hurtling towards me and managed to dodge it. I was also put on an urban line up once and as much as I like and appreciate that music it wasn't particularly a great fit.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I just want to be able to hone my craft organically, keep writing and maintain a loyal fan base and just generally enjoy it.

You can find out more about Harry at his website or via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.