Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth, and childhood experience.
My name is Harrison Kipner and I was born in Los Angeles California. I grew up in a house of music. My father and grandfather were professional songwriters. My dad had a home studio where he worked and had writers, producers, and artists there every day of the week like P!NK, Christina Aguilera, The Script, Tina Turner and so many more. Every day after school I would go down to the studio with fresh cups of tea as an excuse to be a fly on the wall. Pop music was a way of life, and at the dinner table when everyone came up for a break, is where I got my education. My grandfather wrote big songs like “Too Much Too Little Too Late” by Johnny Mathis and Denice Williams, and he also signed The Bee Gees In Australia and produced their first number one hit, “Spicks and Specks”. So ya, basically there was a good amount of pressure for me to do music. I avoided it for a while but when I moved away from home and went to college, it all came naturally.
Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.
This song, “Heaven and Lemon” is all about the extreme dynamics of a sweet and sour relationship. The extreme highs and lows are so exaggerated, and there is no warning when either will come. It started with the guitar riff which is soft, and the idea of a huge explosion away from that was really exciting.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
Out of college, I co-wrote a song for Nelly (the rapper haha) called “Hey Porsche”. It was very bizarre and pretty much accidental. I wrote this song with my friend David Glass without any intention of selling it to someone specifically, especially a rapper, it was an indie rock song. After the song was a hit, especially in Europe and Australia, I spent a few years doing songwriting sessions trying to come up with the next one. Basically, I was doing exactly what my father and grandfather did, and there isn’t anything wrong with that, but deep down I knew I wanted to be the artist. Every song had me so conflicted, if I didn’t like the song or session, I blamed it on the industry or the artist, and if I liked it, then I was just jealous! So obviously that wasn’t going to work. I made the decision about 3 years ago to completely stop doing writing sessions so that I could find and develop my own unique sound. I definitely didn’t think it would take this long, but I’m here now, and I couldn’t be happier.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director, how the song was recorded, and how the music video was shot.
My partner in crime for this single, and my last song “The Year of Rebecca” is Benjamin Greenspan. We met when he was in a band called Fences and immediately hit it off. He moved from Boston to LA soon after and we’ve been writing and producing together ever since. His sense of song form is incredible. Combined with years of engineering, it all culminated in these songs. We are both so so excited about it and I couldn’t think of a better person to share this with.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
My Nelly hit was 2013, so professionally since then I guess, but I’ve been here my whole life. My goal? Besides just being happy and healthy, I don’t think I have specific goals. I’m going to make music and hone my skill for the rest of my life. My goal is to just get better and better and create a lane for myself where I don’t need to conform to any genre or rules. I want to make pop music, and broaden the horizons of what people think ‘pop’ is.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Every time I write, I get a warm fuzzy feeling and this excitement in my core. Even when I look back and think the song isn’t that great, it doesn’t matter. The moment when it’s all coming out and I’m translating feeling into something tangible I am happy, and that’s it honestly. I love to tell stories, I want my songs to evoke little movies in your head like a good book.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
Hit songs… I think that the secret is honestly just persistence. You’re always only one song away. If you give every single song you write the love and attention it deserves, one of them will just resonate. My dad was in the studio every single day from the time I went to school in the morning to after I went to bed. He loved every minute of it. He has so many hit songs, but the amount of amazing songs that I know of his that never made it is staggering. It’s just love and persistence.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Message to the few fans and friends I have. I vow to do this for the rest of my life. I also vow to respect your knowledge of music as much as anyone in the industry. Music is everybody. We are all experts in music and sometimes we musicians forget that and I will not.
Tell us the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
My advice to my fellow artists starts with me saying that I have no idea how to do this. Next, I would say, “write your own bio”. Don’t have other people do everything for you, there is so much to learn on the way.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have obtained.
At the beginning of this year, completely out of the blue because I’m entirely independent and unknown, Rick Astley took me on tour all across the US and Europe, culminating in me playing for over 30,000 people at a show in the south of England. It has been the greatest experience of my life, and I will love him FOREVER.
List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send messages to them via this platform.
The Annie Mac Show on Radio 1 in the UK played my last single “The Year of Rebecca” and hearing that on the radio was so incredible!!
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
Writing usually starts on the guitar. But recently I’ve been trying to just write random thoughts and poetry in a journal and starting with that.
Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.
Ed Sheeran is totally killing it and he’s writing great songs, I love Beck and how he fearlessly redefines himself every album. Coldplay has always been a love. Phantom Planet is a less known band that I’ve been obsessed with my whole life. Then probably Outkast, for their pure genius and cool that I could never come close to. Actually, I change my mind, my favorite artist is Blake Mills, hands down. His music hits me so deeply.
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I’ve written with Natasha Beddingfield who’s an incredible artist and friend. My dream is to work with Blake Mills.
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Wow, this question… hahaha. I don’t feel comfortable with this question, I hope I’ve given you enough!