TBE: 1984 is your 2nd EP after the fantasticÂ Native Son. How has your relationship with your first baby changed since the second was born?
HARLAN: I think there is a more focussed sound with this second EP. The first EP was made just for fun. I wasn’t thinking about playing any of the songs live. This one had more planning involved.
TBE: I understand you are a native Los Angeleno. What are your thoughts on the LA music scene right now? What’s missing?
H: I think LA has some really great music right now. A lot of my friends and people I’ve grown up with have bands that are starting to break. I hope that in the next couple of years LA will be at the forefront of music once again.
TBE: Do you have a city besides LA thats a favorite to play?
H: I would say New York. I was born there and have a lot of friends in the city.
TBE: When/what/who made you decide that making music was going to be your thing?
H: I’ve been playing music for as long as I can remember. I studied strictly classical until college. Once I discovered pop it made sense to spend the rest of my life creating.
TBE: Whats your classical-to-pop consumption ratio these days?
H: I would say more classical. I pretty much switch from 91.5 to KDAY.
TBE: Anyone who has seen you live knows you shred on guitar, but you never even picked one up until college. Did you take lessons or just practice & figure it out?
H: I never took guitar lessons. I taught myself from the beginning. All the work I spent on the cello really helped out on the guitar.
TBE: Your flying V guitar seems to be a signature. Any story there?
H: Just had to find something that pops! I got tired of playing the same guitars as everyone else.
TBE: What is your favorite comment you have heard about your music (good or bad)?
H: Not sure on that one
TBE: Dream band to tour with?
TBE: What Jay-Z song would you want to guest on during his set?
H: 99 problems! Song could easily have a guitar solo on it :)
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