Our latest New Impressions playlist features an addicting pop track from New York native shye. Through Your Fire is the latest, and most addicting, single from Nick Harrison. His solo project takes on a new form that manifests an honest representation of his inner most thoughts and who he has always been. We caught up with the singer/songwriter to discuss the music, his future and more. Read the full Q&A below.
Tell me about “Through Your Fire” what’s the idea behind the song?
Through Your Fire is a song about falling for someone who, through no fault of their own, is seemingly trapped under a black cloud. Everyone has their own baggage, but I believe when you care about someone that deeply, you sign up for that. This song was my way of saying, “I know you have demons, I have them myself, and I’m here. I’m fully embracing every part of you, including the parts you think you have to protect me from.”
The music video for the song is awesome. It was filmed in a church correct? Was that your idea behind the video and how did that come about? Where was it filmed?
Thank you! Yes, it was filmed at Changepoint Church in Poughkeepsie, NY. When brainstorming an idea for the video, I thought there would be no better place to get the imagery to match the lyrical content of the song than a church. We built the story for the video by filming a scene with some dialogue in it, in which I entered a support group to tell my story, which we released a few days prior to the video. We revisit that support group scene at the end of the video as well. I think it was tied together nicely. Everyone needs a support system, and I tried to convey that as much as possible not only through the video, but the song itself.
You’re going by the name shye. How does that fit who you are and who you hope to come off as to your listeners?
The name is one that I chose because it’s very near and dear to my heart. It’s the nickname my mom has called me for about 15-16 years. Before I started releasing music, I was trying to decide what I’d use to represent myself and who I am, and I couldn’t come up with anything that felt as right as that. My mom is a huge part of who I am as a writer, and she’s an excellent writer herself. When I was 10, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and I had all these emotions I needed to get out, with no outlet to do so. My mother bought me a notebook, and told me to write how I was feeling. I never stopped.
You’re kind of in a transitional point for your career. You have been in a band in the past and now you’re doing solo work. How different is it and what made you want to dive in to the world of pop music?
It’s different in the fact that as a solo artist, at the end of the day, everything falls on me. I don’t have 4 other people to lean on, although I still rely on close friends to give me their opinions and help me get my vision to the finish line. I send everything I do to a few select people before it comes out, my brilliant friend Tom Falcone and my incredible producer Brendan Williams especially, but otherwise it’s just me in the driver’s seat. As far as the transition musically, most people who know me were not surprised at all. I’ve always loved and leaned toward pop music, and this was such a natural transition for me, and such a comfortable one for my voice. I think I’ve become a better singer and songwriter through this transition, and I’m so excited about where I’m at musically!
Any upcoming plans, more music? A few shows?
Shows eventually, for sure. I just want to make sure that when I do perform that everything is right and perfect. I’m starting to rehearse with a full band, so it’s going to take a lot of work to reimagine the songs in a live setting, but it’s something I’m super excited about. As far as more music, there’s ALWAYS more music coming. I am constantly writing and recording, and I’m working on a lot right now that I can’t wait to release.
2018 isn’t quite over just yet, but what’s something you hope to accomplish in 2019?
I just want to spread these songs to as many people as possible, and hope they connect with the music like I have. Every word I write is from my personal experiences, things I’m feeling. It’s been a way to cope and deal with hurt and anger and sadness since the day my mom bought me that notebook when I was 10. I hope people can hear that in these songs and connect with it.
Any last words for the interview?
First, thank you so much. Second, my new single “Through Your Fire” is available everywhere RIGHT NOW. Please go check it out, and if you like it, share it with a friend. I truly appreciate it!
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