We had the good fortune of connecting with Harry Myers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Harry, how do you think about risk?
Risks are something every creative person has to face regularly. The risk of not becoming successful, the risk of regretting not seeing it through, the risk of coming to the conclusion that you’re not good enough. As for me, I avoided the deep end of my creative endeavors and for a while thought I was going to be a mechanical engineer because that was the safe bet and becoming a working musician seemed far less likely. I wish I had overcome this insecurity a lot sooner. But I’m sure as hell glad I’m doing what I’m doing now instead of being stuck at some desk wishing I’d had the guts to chase my actual dreams.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In the almost 10 years I’ve been doing this, I’ve worn a few different hats. First I was an edm dj/producer, then I got sick of that and started making hip hop and recording my own vocals. After a few years of doing that, I began pulling from my first musical influences: emo music. I’ve always been a guitar player but up until the last few years, it never really found its way into my music. Today, I feel more confident and authentic that I ever have, and if there’s one lesson I’ve learned it’s that at the end of the day you have to do what you like, otherwise there’s no point in all this struggle and you might as well go get a real job. It’s taken a while, but as I’ve figured out how to talk about the subjects that matter to me like depression and mental health, a few people have noticed. So I hope to connect with more people and offer them what my favorite artists have always offered me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Unfortunately most of my time living in LA has been overshadowed by the pandemic, so I never got to experience much of the city. I did however get quite familiar with all the nature that Southern California has to offer. For our weeklong trip, I think it would only be right to kick things off with a sunset on the beach in Malibu, and maybe grabbing some sushi for dinner. We’d have to make it up for a camping trip in the sierras, with at least one night spent in the desert. Wish I had more typical LA experiences to share but hopefully we’ll make up for them this year.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I met my girlfriend at the beginning of college, way before either of us had any idea who we wanted to be. We grew up and became adults together and both happened to end up pursuing careers in the music industry. I was lucky enough to be chasing this seemingly impossible goal with someone. We’re not in the exact same lines of work so rather than competition, we lean on each other for accountability and I’m not sure I’d still be doing this without her.