A native of North Carolina, Brooklyn-based Charlie Harris spent four years exercising the left half of his brain advocating for space exploration in Washington, D.C. After releasing a few songs to friends and family on Soundcloud, he took a year off to refine his sound, move to New York City, and find himself as an artist.
IndustryMe caught up with Charlie to discuss his new single “MoonBounce” and more.
Where did the interest in music first begin for you?
I’ve been singing and playing piano for as long as I can remember. Credit goes to my Mom for getting my two older brothers and I into music at an early age!
What inspired you to move to New York City?
I lived in DC for four years and it’s an amazing city with a robust music scene, but I knew I needed to go elsewhere to really focus and get inspired musically. I’ve already been so moved by the experiences I’ve had in New York and the people I’ve met…I’d definitely say it was the right move!
How are you adjusting to being in a new city so far?
I’d say I’m all settled! It’s a huge city and very unique…but living in DC was a helpful transitional experience coming from Raleigh, North Carolina.
So from space exploration advocate to musician, how does one even begin to make that transition?
Music has always been an important part of my life so making more room for it was easy and a welcome change. I think the hardest part was trying to get my mind out of space policy mode! I still love everything about my former job; political developments and space news will always be close to my heart. But I won’t lie, the political climate at the time definitely made it easier for me to leave. I moved home to NC for a month just to reset mentally, and as soon as I figured out a place to stay, I bought a one-way ticket to NYC!
How would you describe your sound?
Some of my friends are saying it’s like an EDM Michael Jackson in space. I love that. Let’s go with that.
Is there anything you know now that you wish you knew at the start of your journey?
Oh yeah, probably everything. The past 8 months have been such a whirlwind learning process. To jump into a totally new industry has been quite eye-opening, even just as a lifelong music fan. But I have taken so much in and will continue to do so!
There is a clear space-like sound to your work, is this intentional?
Definitely! Especially with this song. Space and futuristic themes will be very present in all my work, but I particularly wanted MoonBounce to be spacey, almost over the top even.
What is the main message you are trying to put out there with “Moonbounce”?
I want listeners to be looking ahead to the future, and be thinking about space exploration and scientific advancement in a positive, fun & exciting way.
What does the future hold for Charlie Harris?
I’ve got another song coming out in March which is called No Pressure. After that, maybe one more single, and then an EP by summer. I’m really looking forward to starting to perform live in NYC later this spring!
Any final shoutouts or plugs?
Shoutout to all my friends and everyone who has ever supported me. This is just the beginning and I am SO grateful to have you all!