As a young singer-songwriter, it can often be a difficult journey trying to become known, but Harry Seaton is certainly proving that it can be done. With almost 15,000 likes on Facebook, and a single that’s just been released, it is clear that he is doing everything right. After recently leaving education to pursue his music career seriously, there is no doubt that he could be the next big thing, with all his effort and hard work paying off! In this interview you’ll find out about his hopes and dreams of being the next Ed Sheeran and the downfalls of his career, with the potential threat of rumours ruining everything he’s achieved so far. Who knows what will be next?
Where do you get the inspiration from for your music?
All my inspiration comes from real life, 99% of the time from things that directly affect me. Unfortunately it’s a sad truth that upsetting things are easier to write about, but occasionally I’ll bring out a happy song!
Out of all your songs, which was your favourite to write?
It’s not yet been released but ‘The Storm’ (my brand new one). It was also my least favourite but now it’s finally finished I’ve really started appreciating it.
How old were you when you learned to play the guitar?
I started playing guitar when I was 7.
When did you first realise you had an amazing talent?
That’s very kind but I can honestly say it’s more hard work and dedication than talent. With guitar, I’ll admit I found it very easy right from the start, but if you listen to early recordings of me singing, well, let’s just say there’s a reason you can’t find them any more!
Has your ambition for music ever interfered with schoolwork?
Oh yes, of course. I left sixth form only a few months ago to pursue music full time, but I haven’t looked back since.
Do you ever feel as though you’re giving too much of yourself away through your lyrics?
Yes, definitely. It’s a scary concept singing songs that basically detail personal parts of my life to strangers, but I love telling stories and seeing who can relate to my music, so I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How do you prefer to interact with fans?
In real life, at the end of my shows. People should never think I’m rude for hiding away until the end. I like to come out and see everyone for the first time when I get onto that stage, give them my best and then meet them straight after.
Does it ever surprise you that you get so much public support?
Of course; I never expected this when I started but I’m so incredibly grateful for everything everyone does for me.
What has been the reaction of your family and friends to the amount of public support you’ve received?
My family think it’s wonderful. I wish I could say the same for all of my friends, but in a way it did build up a strong knowledge in my head of who is a real friend and who isn’t and helped me raise my guard a lot.
What has been the worst experience you’ve had whilst trying to get yourself known?
It’s not really one experience because it’s happened a few times, but rumours. Rumours are the worst because they can potentially damage my public image and some of the things that come out can be terrible.
You’re playing some gigs around England soon – do you have any plans to visit Newcastle?
I have plans to, but whether it’s confirmed or not – well that will have to wait, I’m afraid!
Are you scared of the future, and where your musical journey will take you?
I think most people pursuing any career choice are scared for the future when they’re my age (17), but on the other hand, I try to spend my time worrying about writing the next song rather than worrying about the future.
Where do you aspire to be in 5 years time?
I’d be lying if I said I don’t have dreams of being the next Ed Sheeran, selling out arenas and touring the world, but if I can afford to live whilst still creating music, travelling and performing, then I’ll be happy.
Also, how much influence has social networks such as Facebook had in making your name known?
I owe all my success to social networking. Some people try to argue otherwise but it’s true – I get shows because of it, I could afford a studio because people bought merchandise of mine online. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunities I have online.
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