23 year old guitarist & songwriter with experience working with internationally established artists.
Hi, my name is Harrison. I'm a 23 year old professional guitarist and songwriter. I've been working in the industry since I graduated from BIMM London in 2015. Since then I've worked as guitarist and songwriter for many artists, including international artists such as Swedish House Mafia.
I have also done a lot of work with new talent, and artists who are trying to breakthrough. I can be there as a guitarist/producer that can aid with songwriting and general advice.
Please get in touch, I'm open to all kinds of session, production and songwriting work.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Harrison Bond
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do at the moment is songwriting. However I still do production and session guitarist work.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The three biggest inspirations to me as a musician are; 1.) Lana Del Rey 2.) Paramore 3.) John Mayer
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio set up currently consists of me working through Logic Pro X on an iMac, with a high end Focusrite audio interface. I run various different analogue pre amps for vocals and instruments, and have a range of high quality microphones for different situations. When doing guitar track work I have multiple different guitars I use, including a Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, a Gibson Les Paul and a few others. These are sometimes plugged directly into a pre amp and then run into Logic, other times I will mic up one of the several guitar amps I have. These include, Vox, Orange, Marshall and Blackstar amps.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process varies depending on the work. Typically for songwriting work I will listen to the track several times away from the studio before I start work on it. I find this helps me to understand the vibe before I try to write on it. I will then bring the song up in Logic Pro X and start to lay down some melody and lyric ideas. With guitar work, often the client knows what they want. However I still spend time trying out different guitar/amp combinations, to find a tone that will really work with the song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: When songwriting, I bring clever lyrics and catchy melodies. As well as expert guitar parts for tracks that need it.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is being able to turn an idea or a sound into a great song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on pop, indie-pop, indie-rock music. Though I have worked as a writer and guitarist in many other genres, including house, funk and more.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try as many different sounds as you can, whether its guitar, vocals, keys, drums. You'll know the right sound for the track when you hear it!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Paramore - Those guys are so unbelievably talented as writers and instrumentalists. I think I could learn so much from them.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: When I was a teenager I was going to be a dancer. I studied at the Royal Academy of Dance, but then I decided I wanted to pursue making music. I've been doing so for about 8 years now, and working with other artists as a professional since I graduated from BIMM London in 2015.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fender Telecaster Orange Amp Reverb Pedal Shure SM58 Marshall AS50D
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Get in touch with a number of different people, there are a lot of talented musicians/producers/writers out there. Find the one that is going to suit you best.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Whats the goal for your project? When do you want it finished by? What inspired the project?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about musicians in general is that we are lazy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I enjoy seeing peoples projects come to life. Often they start out as just a small idea, and end up being a complete work of art, representative of an individual.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I can promise I will give my all to your project. As an artist myself, I know how important it is to have people fully on board with your work. Together we can create something you will be truly proud of.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I can't choose. I use both in the studio and I think they go hand in hand now anyway.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working with a young British pop artist who is preparing to release his first EP with the label he's signed to. I've played guitar on the tracks, and worked as a songwriter on them too.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: About 6 months ago, I was given the opportunity to work as a songwriter on a track by an EDM artist called Klahr. This was a challenge for me as I hadn't done much songwriting in this genre. However the song was successful and I'm grateful for that opportunity.