Harea Band

 

 

Harea Band

Harea Band

 

 

 

 

Harea Band

Tell us about your favourite instruments.

As a singer I have a soft spot for killer vocals, specifically soul and R&B singers. However, even though it’s one of the few instruments I’ve never really played, I love the bass. It’s just so integral to creating the groove in the music I love. Bassists get made fun of too much but they are hands down the most important instrument in a band.

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List the names of those supporting you.

The Band:

Alex Harea (me!) – Vocals

Mike Giamberardino – Keyboards and percussion

Liam Meagher – Guitar

Harrison Singer – Bass

Cynthia Tauro – Keyboards

Andrew Ferderber – Drums

Our manager: Dean Watson

And of course my parents, who are professional musicians themselves and who inspired me to pursue this career: Joann Simpson and Ioan Harea.

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Tell us your preferred musical styles.

I love a lot of different styles but if I look at what I listen to when I’m alone the most it would probably be R&B, Soul, Jazz, and Hip Hop.

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List the name of five artists that have influenced you musically.

Anderson .Paa

Jason Mraz

Bruno Mars

Justin Timberlake

D’Angelo

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Tell us your favourite food and hobby.

I’m a weirdo raw meat eater; beef tartare and sushi are probably my favourite snacks.

When I’m not playing music I love playing tennis and squash.

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Tell us your musical experience pertaining the recording of this song.

The song was born at 2 AM when I got home from a bar, checking out some of my favourite local bands. I wrote it quietly in my room with an acoustic guitar as to not wake up the roomies. It turned in to the heavy, funky jam that it is now when I brought it to the bandmates and producer Eric Sarafin. Once we were in the studio the full potential of what this track could be was revealed and we pumped out the recording in two days.

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Explain what you know about vocal training.

I am a trained vocalist and it was my major in University but I’ve never actually taught it. I guess what I can say; it supporting your voice from your diaphragm is the most important thing, not singing from your throat or upper chest, the feeling is similar to blowing out as much air as possible as quickly as possible from your stomach. Aside from that I just personally make sure to keep the voice warm before I sing, I have a series of exercises that I learned from my vocal coach and I like to do them regularly especially before a performance.

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Discuss the use of live instruments for recording in the studio.

We always prefer to create natural input sounds in the studio rather than getting too much help from electronic producing. On this recording all that crunchy lead instrument sound is guitar and keyboard going through a guitar amp. Basically most of the stuff you hear on the recording was recorded together at the same time to get us that gritty, natural sound that is missing from a lot of modern pop music.

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Brief us about your songwriting process.

Most of the songs are written by me on an acoustic guitar then brought to the band where we arrange them together. Once and a while I come in with just an idea and it’s a fully collaborative effort but it’s not as common. And sometimes one of the other band members brings in some ideas too.

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Tell us your other talents apart from singing.

I’m a sports fan and love playing tennis, squash, and hockey. I also play guitar and love writing and arranging music.

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Tell us your future plans in terms of your music career.

We have been keeping our forward momentum going so right now the plan is to just keep the content coming so we can reach a national and international audience and start stretching out tours further and further. We will hopefully have an EP out by the end of 2018. We are very seriously looking at touring the U.K in the near future and getting down to more conferences and festivals in the states.

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Tell us your worst experience in your music career.

In the early Harea Band days we had a few shows where we pretty much just played for our parents and the bar staff. That never makes you feel too good.

One time when we played at the old Silver Dollar in Toronto, I forgot my credit card at the bar. By the time we went back to get it, all our phones had died and we got lost in Toronto and ended up on the 401 back to Ottawa, so we did the overnight drive. However it just happened to be the coldest night of the year and it was -40 degrees so the car never actually heated up the whole drive home. There was frost all over the inside of the car so we were frozen for 4.5 hours on the road overnight. That was probably one of the worst experiences.

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Discuss in details all we need to know about your song and upcoming album.

The song is another step in the funk/soul direction a little bit further from the pop aesthetic that we had represented in past year. The track is produced by multi-platinum award winner Eric “Mixerman” Sarafin and the executive producer is John Dooher, former owner of Sound of on Hand studio and Dark Skippy Records. The song can be found on Spotify and every other streaming service as well as a video on YouTube. The EP will be called BUST and will feature 6 soul and dance tracks including this one.

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Tell us what fans are saying about your music.

The main words people tend to associate with our music are energy, fun, and dance-y. We’ve been told we successfully cross eras and genres of music seamlessly to create something new and unique.

My favourite quote about our music:

“It seems of another era, dialed in on the radio while you’re cruising one summer evening in upper 1970’s Manhattan or later on that night while you work up a sweat on the dance floor at Studio 54.” – Andre Gagne, Ottawa Life Magazine.

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Tell us the concept behind your music project.

The main thing for me is creating music that makes people feel good. Music is a powerful tool for storytelling, invoking emotion, or even social change, but the root of the type of music I love is to make people happy and feel good. Our upcoming EP is all about that! BUST is going to be a sexy and feel good collection of songs that hope will bring positive energy in to people’s lives. We are really inspired by Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic and Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 vision as albums that pay homage to that amazing feel good music of the past while connecting with a young and modern audience.

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Discuss multi-genre and switching from one genre to another.

Everyone in the band is a trained musician and we all have bachelor of music degrees so we are capable of playing a variety of different styles. I think this is a positive thing in the climate of the music industry today because we can regularly put out new and exciting music to appeal the largest audience possible. It’s an important skill to have as a modern musician, just look what it’s done for Post Malone!

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Explain in detail the title of the song.

The song is about a funny encounter I had with an old friend of mine. Honestly it’s not really an interesting story but I just found the whole situation so ridiculous I couldn’t help but think “This must be a Dream”.

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State the reason you are into music.

I honestly have to give full credit to my parents. Growing up in a musical family had me constantly surrounded by music, literally every minute of every day. This upbringing allowed me to develop an innate musicality and I found music to be the best way for me to let go, express myself, and feel good. I thought what a beautiful thing it would be to be able to take this practice that I love so much and be able to share it with people for a living. Music is what makes me feel alive and I love to share that passion with audiences and music listeners any way that I can.

 


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