There’s a storm coming - or for many who already know Mornington local Harrison, it’s already landed.
Harrison grew up in Mornington, moved to the city to study civil engineering for two and a half years and came back to ‘the best place on earth’ after realising that music and the beach were his true loves. He’s never looked back. Visit YouTube to check out his music.
When did you first become interested in being a musician?
I'd been mucking around on mum’s guitar growing up and started really getting into it in high school. In my last year at Mt Eliza Secondary College I decided to jump up at a lunchtime performance with no-one really knowing I sung or played guitar. The response was pretty inspiring and I haven't stopped since.
How would you describe your style?
It’s quite soft, relaxed and personal. Growing up by the beach has had a huge impact on my sound.
What music inspires you and any local bands you’d recommend?
I listened to a lot of Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac growing up, so I'm drawn to more introspective singer songwriters like Ben Howard, Nick Mulvey and Angus and Julia Stone. As far as local acts go, Young Vincent, Zombitches and Ruby Whiting are all making interesting music that I recommend checking out.
Where have you played and where can we see you play in the future?
I busk nearly every week on Bourke St and Queen Vic Markets in Melbourne. It's always a humbling experience to meet all the different sorts of people who walk the streets. I also play the odd wedding and have just supported Woodlock at The Grand in Mornington. After seeing The Beautiful Girls play at The Grand and hearing about other acts like Saskwatch and The Basics playing there too, it's pretty exciting for me as someone who is a fan of live music and lives in Mornington. I hope these sort of awesome acts keep playing there. My next local gig will be at MOTH (Music on the Hill) in Red Hill on July 1 with Sweet Jean.
Do you have any views on the state of the music scene on the Mornington Peninsula?
There are a bunch of talented musicians on the peninsula who need somewhere to play, so the more places that support original live music, where the focus isn't selling $10 jugs but rather the artist, the better.
And lastly, are there any other artists on the peninsula who come to mind when thinking about talent?
Besides the musicians, there’s a lot of other great art being made. I follow photographer Hayden O’Neill on Instagram and love the way he captures the ocean and the Mornington Peninsula.