EXCLUSIVE Interview: Jackson Harris talks about 'This Time It's Different'

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Jackson Harris talks about ‘This Time It’s Different’

New York based singer/ songwriter Jackson Harris first landed on the scene covering songs from his favourite artists and uploading them to YouTube. Fast forward and the artist was the opening act for the likes of Zara Larsson, Cher Loyd and Fifth Harmony.

Following on from the success of his 2014 single ‘Life Through A Lens’- which reached number twenty on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart- the singer has recently unveiled a brand new song, ‘This Time It’s Different’.

An enticing collage of love stricken lyrics and bouncy pop synths, the track is an ode to romance and the feeling of meeting ‘the one’. The song also marks a new direction in the artist’s sound which has both matured and diversified, signalling an evolving talent that is definitely one to watch.

CelebMix decided to catch up with Jackson Harris and talk about his new single and life in isolation in an exclusive interview.

How are you today?

All things considered, I’m doing okay. I’m healthy, my family is healthy, and that’s most important.

How are you finding isolation?

It’s been really difficult. I miss being able to see my friends and go to the studio and write, but I also know that this is something we have to do to keep our loved ones safe who may be at risk. Living in New York City and having it being the epicentre of the pandemic has been unsettling, but I am trying to stay positive.

What have you been doing other than writing to keep yourself busy?

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to continue to work on new music with some co-writers via FaceTime and ZOOM chats. I’ve also been cooking almost every meal which is a rarity as I usually do take-out, considering it’s one of the benefits of living in New York.

Your new single ‘This Time It’s Different’ has just been released. What has the reaction been like so far?

It’s been super positive! I’m just happy that people have been streaming and enjoying it in these crazy times. I’d like to believe that it can distract people and let them have some fun for a few minutes of their day.

What where your main influences when writing the track?

I wanted to have a funky, bass-filled song that felt like a new age disco track with some pop melodies shimmering through.

What where the biggest challenges you faced during the writing process?

I think it was a a combination of telling an emotional story about falling in love with someone who truly makes you feel like this love is different, while keeping the energy and weight to push people to want to bob their head.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Currently I would be a tiger because I’ve watched Tiger King twice during this quarantine, and I would revolt and get all the tigers to free themselves because I felt so bad for them throughout the whole documentary.

If you weren’t a singer, what do you think you would be doing right now?

I think I would still be doing something in the art world or something creative… maybe making documentaries or writing plays for stage.

Do you cook at home? If so, what is your speciality?

I normally don’t cook often at home since I’m usually out late writing, but with all this time at home I’ve learned to cook some new dishes. Recently, I’ve gotten into Brussel sprouts which sounds super boring but I add soy sauce and sesame oil, so it takes on a more Japanese-inspired taste. I sauté and roast them and I put that on some brown rice and that’s a pretty solid snack.

What can we expect from you next?

A lot more music. Before all of this I was planning on trying to go on tour and play some live shows this summer so if there’s a way to do that in a safe and healthy manner, then I’m all for it. Until then I’ll be shifting focus to putting out more music and going live more often on Instagram, and other streaming sites to connect in new ways with new fans.

You can stream ‘This Time It’s Different’ below.

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Written by Ali

I am a 22 year old journalism student at Robert Gordon University and I have been writing for online music, film and fashion websites since the age of 14. If someone is famous- for any reason- you can guarantee that I know about them. Follow me on my Twitter page @ross_alister