Coming across mylittlebrother was an incredible experience. When you hear his latest EP Hey Stethoscope with headphones, it takes you into this wonderful world of crisp harmonies, heartwarming guitar and genius vocal arrangements. mylittlebrother achieves an extremely pure and genuine sound within his music. So to take a closer look into the creative mind of mylittlebrother, we spoke to main man Will Harris about his latest EP, harmonies, recording and more!
AMBY: Your stunning EP Hey Stethoscope was just released, what’s the response to it been like so far?
mylittlebrother: It’s been amazing! The EP is nearly all recorded in my bedroom, on fairly primitive equipment, so I find it incredible that people all over the world are enjoying it, and it’s getting quite a lot of radio play in the UK too.
AMBY: Lovers of Life, Unite! is my favourite track of yours, can’t stop listening to it! What’s your favourite track off the EP and why?
mylittlebrother: I think I’d agree with you. Lovers of Life, Unite is probably my proudest song to date. It all just seem to come together, and I got loads of friends involved. It was just a fun process, I guess.
AMBY: Your music is very harmonious yet funky, where do you think these elements come from?
mylittlebrother: I’ve been obsessed with harmonies since I can remember really.. I’ve been a fan of The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and other harmony-laden 60s pop ever since I was a kid, and me and my brother would often work on harmonies together when we were younger too. And as for the Funky, I have no idea! I did see Funkadelic once. Maybe they lent me the funk :)
AMBY: I have to ask, how did the name mylittlebrother originate?
mylittlebrother: My sister would always introduce me to her friends as “mylittlebrother”, instead of my name.. So it’s kind of a tribute to her, really.
AMBY: The harmonies in Hey Stethoscope really create an atmosphere which gives it a neat sixties vibe. What’s the story behind this lovely tune?
mylittlebrother: Lyrically speaking, it’s one of the saddest songs I’ve ever written. It’s a song about searching for explanations about life, the universe and everything, while a loved one is seriously ill in hospital.. But the melody and harmony just comes from an obsession with 60s pop. I’d been listening to a lot of The Left Banke and The Turtles when I wrote that one.
AMBY: The cover for the EP is nice too, where did the idea for the art spring from?
mylittlebrother: I realized the day before the release that we hadn’t got any artwork, so I asked my girlfriend (gemcowenphotography.com) for help. She’s brilliant. She listened to the EP, got a feel for it and then came up with the idea. So we got a team of helpers, borrowed a boat and a lot of torches, then set sail, and it looks fantastic!
AMBY: Who would your dream gig be with?
mylittlebrother: I suppose if it’s a dream gig they don’t have to be alive..? So maybe Dennis Wilson? I became obsessed with Pacific Ocean Blue a few years ago, and the obsession hasn’t worn off yet! Perhaps he could bring his brothers and we could have a jam.. A dream gig that’s actually possible would be to play with Grandaddy. Basically just because they are wonderful.
AMBY: What’s coming up next for mylittlebrother?
mylittlebrother: We’ve got a few weeks of rehearsals, then a few gigs in the North of England. Then we’re recording an album. We’ve got a couple of ‘proper’ producers who are keen to do a couple of songs each, so it’ll have a few songs from the EPs, but mostly new material, and it’ll be better produced too! Then hopefully a tour of the UK.. fingers crossed..
AMBY: What’s the best song of 2012?
mylittlebrother: Your Final Setting Sun, by Jason Lytle.
AMBY: And last but not least, what’s something about you that nobody knows yet?
mylittlebrother: The backing vocals on the last choruses of Lovers of Life, Unite are sung by my Mum and her friend. 10 people said they were going to show up for the recording, but only 3 did, so it was them, Richard Hanking and me, and it sounds great.
If you’ve yet to hear Hey Stethoscope, you can hear the whole EP below. It is also free over on BandCamp so once you realize how amazing it is, head over their for your download! Lastly, thank you mylittlebrother, for giving me your answers!
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