Harry Linacre is a British singer, songwriter, and composer who has a sweet voice that brings angels down from the skies when it is raised.
Born in a tiny village in the north of England, he just moved to London after garnering more than 100,000 followers on social media in only one year.
One of the rising stars of the Soul/R&B scene, Harry Linacre is a graduate of the BRIT School and a fan of live performance.
See what he has to say about himself and his music career, including his most recent track, “Waiting”
What is your real name?
My real name is Harry Linacre.
What’s your official Showbiz name?
Drum roll, please….Harry Linacre.
How did you get into music?
I come from a musical family. My dad’s a professional singer as was his dad, brother, and uncles, I have cousins who are singers, so it’s in my blood I guess. I started singing at a very young age and it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do really.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
I grew up listening to a lot of old souls, Motown and R&B music and it’s definitely shaped me as an artist.
I remember being 10 years old listening to artists like The Stylistics, Luther Vandross, Earth Wind and Fire, and having nothing in common with my peers. I obviously listened to modern music too, but that’s the sound that really struck a chord with me as a kid.
As I grew up I fell in love with Michael Jackson, Prince, D’Angelo, Usher and Justin Timberlake, they all really inspired me, especially vocally. I’d say my music is a mixture of R&B, Soul, Neo-soul and modern pop.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
I’d say this EP that I’m currently working on is my first “project”, although I’ve released singles over the last 4 years.
All of those singles were collaborations with Michael B Williams, a producer and friend of mine from LA. However, I kind of moved away from the music I released previously and this is my first real body of work.
It has all been written by me over the past year, the EP is mainly produced by a friend of mine Ben Alexander (I co-produced a few of the tracks) and Ben has also mixed and mastered everything. I have friends playing instruments on a few of the tracks too, mainly Gabriel Levy (Tenderhost) and Benners.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
Other artists inspire and motivate me. If I see them pushing out a project, promoting, releasing music and the project doing well, it really motivates me, especially if I respect their work. Love inspires me as I write a lot about love.
Be it films, love songs, or how I’m feeling, it really drives my music lyrically. I also get motivated by going on long walks around Hampstead Heath and listening to music or music-related podcasts.
I also like watching music documentaries. The ones that have inspired me recently are Jeen-Yuhs (Kanye doc) and Quincy.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
Not really, although there are some pretty tall models out there…
What do you look out for in this line of business?
Opportunities. Chances. Chancers. Respect.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
Competition. Self-doubt. Self-motivation. Integrity. Timing.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Hugely! Especially for me in the past 12 months. Lockdown felt like a kind of fork in the road for me. I remember seeing other artists and content creators churning out a lot of content and really using the time on their hands productively.
At the time I wasn’t making any musical content, hardly writing, rarely picked up my guitar and wasn’t even on TikTok, which for a musician is an absolute must. It made me look inside and think “if you aren’t going to make the effort now to at least try and push yourself, you never will” and I’m so proud of myself for turning that corner.
I’ve gained over 120k followers on social media in less than a year which has translated to streams, have written the most music I’ve ever written and opportunities have come to me that never would have if I hadn’t started creating content and putting myself out there.
And there are thousands of people like me who have done the same; utilized platforms such as TikTok and Instagram to gain recognition for their art and are starting to make moves within the industry.
On the flip side, the internet has negatively affected the industry in terms of the slice of the pie the artist gets from streaming revenue etc. but that’s something that I try not to focus on too much because if you do it can put you off pursuing a career.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Yes. Consistency is key but remember to switch off sometimes; is so important. Don’t look too much into the future, just focus on what you can do in the present. If you look at yourself moving through time and focus on yourself moving towards your goals, you’re wasting energy.
Instead, try to look at a time moving through you, and focus on what you can do in the present to draw those goals to you. What you do today is the only thing you have control over, everything else will come in time if you put the effort in.
I know that sounds really pretentious and guru-like but that’s one of the best pieces of advice I ever received and as a creative where the onus is on you to, well, create, it completely changed my outlook on how I was going achieve my goals.
Another piece of advice would be this. Songwriting is something that comes quite natural to me and I’m really lucky that it does, but it still requires a lot of time and effort to perfect. If you’re someone who is the same, don’t be complacent because then you get sloppy and don’t produce your best work.
Treat a song with care and nurture it, don’t rush it or “make do”. Similarly, if it doesn’t come naturally, that’s okay, work at it constantly and treat it like riding a bike, the more you do it the better you become.
What is your current project about?
It’s a 5 track EP with the first single “Waiting” having been released on the 30th of May. The next single “Lovers” is probably my favourite song that I’ve ever written so I’m excited to release it! 4 originals, 1 cover and the themes are love, loss, yearning, travel and sexy time lol.
What are your hobbies?
I love sports. I’m a massive Man Utd fan, follow MMA with a passion and play golf. I love to travel and have been to over 60 countries. I cook, go to the gym and enjoy listening to podcasts. I go to gigs around the city and I love a good drink and a dance. Cheers.
What do you do aside from this profession?
I work as a guest entertainer on cruise ships which gives me the freedom to travel, not have to work a full-time job in London and also the time to write and record in my cabin on the ship. I suppose it’s still under the bracket of being a singer as a profession but it’s a totally different ball game. I’m away probably 1-2 weeks a month.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Get ready, I’m coming!