Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO is she?
“My name is HARMONY BYRNE and I have no idea who I am. I think the older I get the less I know myself which is a really nice feeling actually. I have played music since I was a tiny little thing. I think I started playing music because my mum really encouraged it. Neither of my parents are musical but saw the benefits of having it in their home, just as important as having food on the table. Having a creative outlet not only helped me and my 6 siblings navigate life but navigate each other. Playing with each other taught us so much more than notes on a page: it taught us to listen, to communicate, to be respectful, to accept mistakes and to help each other out.”
WHAT is the inspiration behind her songs?
“All I write about is my life experience, whether that’s personal or observational. I’m just a conduit for stories and contemplations. I discover new meanings in my songs all the time. I write them down, but who knows where they actually come from. I’m happy to take the credit for their mysterious appearance, though.”
Photo: Jess Brohier
WHERE did she grow up?
“I grew up in Melbourne, Australia, which has made me a very capable artist I think. We do almost everything ourselves, which we take a lot of pride in, and the quality of music that exists in Australia is world class. It’s a wonderful scene that holds you, but also can hold you a little too tightly. It’s far away from the rest of the world, which has it’s charm. But once I left Australia, I realised that our industry is smaller than I thought and that if I wanted to really get my music out there, as I think it deserves, then I needed to make a sacrifice and leave my little island home.”
WHY are people drawn to her music?
“Because it is honest.”
WHEN can I see her live?