The team at Real Songwriters of Melbourne recently caught up with Melbourne up-and-comer Jimmy Harwood. At just eighteen years of age, Jimmy is already catching the eye of Triple J Unearthed, and this year so far has seen him touring the east coast of Australia.
J: Hey Jimmy, welcome to RSOM! Firstly, we’d love if you could introduce yourself to our readers!
J: “Hey! My name’s Jimmy Harwood, I’m 18, and from Melbourne. I’ve been playing my own tunes at gigs around town since the end of 2016.”
J: When did you realise you wanted to do music professionally?
J: “I can’t remember the exact time in my life I decided I wanted to be a professional musician, but I’m pretty sure it was around the start of 2016. As soon as I started playing gigs, I was pretty much addicted and haven’t stopped since. It’s what I want to do and literally nothing else.”
J: Who are your biggest musical influences?
J: “I could go on forever about things that have influenced me, but the main ones are probably the Aussie Hip Hop scene and having a good time with my mates. Musicians that have influenced me are Horrorshow, John Mayer, Bon Iver and Sticky Fingers. Oh and all my mates in the local Melbourne Scene!”
J: What is your favourite place you’ve played at?
J: “I played a gig in Adelaide a few months ago. It was a packed room, but everyone was vibing and having a good time! The Evelyn Hotel in Brunswick’s probably my favourite though: good size, good stage, and good sound. Had some ripper shows there.”
J: Do you remember the first song you ever wrote?
J: “Ummm. I can’t remember it exactly, but I remember it being pretty bad! I’m pretty sure it was a very generic love song. I’m glad I pushed through the bad songs to get some nicer ones happening.”
J: What’s been the musical highlight of your year so far?
J: “I supported my mates Twisted Willows in Adelaide for their EP tour- that show was unreal. It was the perfect first interstate show for me. I am on tour currently supporting Coast & Ocean for his ”Roll Up Tour”. I’m having the time of my life travelling the east coast of Australia, and meeting so many cool people. I supported Tyne James Organ at the Gasometer in February, which was a sold-out show, and that was a very surreal feeling!”
J: What does it mean to you to be a songwriter in Melbourne?
J: “The Melbourne music scene is booming at the moment and I am so grateful to be in the midst of it all! I’ve met so many amazing songwriters that have turned into really close mates, which allows me to get some crazy inspiration off of the scene. I love Melbourne.”
J: What’s one thing you’d like to do with your music in the future?
J: “I want to be putting out good quality constant releases that I can just keep touring with. I want to be writing music that everyone can have an easy listen to and dance to, but at the same time be beautiful. In the end, though, I write songs for me and if people like them that’s a bonus!”