Harm & Ease

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Harm & Ease

Where are you currently based?

We are currently based out of Toronto, Ontario.

How did you first start playing music?

I always had a love for music and melody and I was often found singing and dancing around the house as a child. Thankfully my parents encouraged my passion and enrolled me in singing lessons when I was 12. I eventually picked up the old acoustic guitar in my house and started writing my own music. Soon after I met a few of the other guys and we bonded over our love of rock music and decided to form our own band.

What’s been happening recently?

As of recently we’ve been busy in the studio creating and recording our newest songs. We just released our song “Cut Me Loose” to which we are getting a great response online. We are always trying to keep up with our fans on TikTok and Instagram and can’t wait to get back out there to play some live shows and showcase our new sound.

Your new single ‘Cut Me Loose’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

We wanted to take our sound to a more professional and modern level without losing that raw energy and bluesy nature. I think we’ve retained that passion and created something sonically pleasing to both young and old and most demographics!

How did you go about writing ‘Cut Me Loose’ and what does this single mean to you?

John actually pitched the song to the band and we all immediately loved it. We posted a video of us performing the song online on TikTok, and it successfully went viral overnight racking up about 2 million views. A lot of people all over the world were asking for it to be released, so we knew we had to. We began playing the song for folks online and almost everyone was convinced it would be a hit. I’m really proud of this song because of how well it showcases our newest sound and how hard we’ve been working together as a band. It’s very well crafted and has so much energy to it, you can’t help but headband along.

Where and when did you record/produce/master the single and who with?

Much of the recording process and production of the song was done back during June in our home studio at Cosmo Cat Records. We got in touch with Canadian producer Tawgs Salter who was excited to work on the song. We sent the session to him for more production and the final mastering was done by Tokyo Speirs.

How did you approach the recording process?

A) We had been playing “Cut Me Loose” acoustically on Tik Tok for about a month so we already had a pretty good feel for the tune. It was just about taking it to the next level and letting everyone’s ability’s shine on the final product. We had recorded a few early demos during the lockdown in an older studio, but really worked and refined the core of the song at Cosmo Cat Records studio . We have a great set up in our studio so it was easy to do most of the recording and engineering ourselves before we sent it to Tawgs for further production. Recording is something that we really enjoy and do on a daily basis, and we are learning and growing everyday.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2021?

You can expect tons of new music and hopefully some announcements for Canadian show dates for later this year. We are releasing a live action music video for “Cut Me Loose” in a few weeks and are already planning for our next singles and hope to release them in the upcoming months.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

You can usually find me listening to Supertramp or some sort of classic rock band but as for current music I’ve been listening to a lot of The Blue Stones. I really dig their music, it reminds me of what we are sort of doing with our music. It’s awesome they are a Canadian band as well, modern but still incorporating those big riffs and that bluesy rock vibe.

What do you like to do away from music?

When I have the time I really enjoy cooking and making food for the people I love. Anytime you can bring your friends and family together to have a few laughs and forget about the stress of daily life.

Favourite food and place to hang out?

My favourite food has got to be tacos. I just always feel like it’s a party when Mexican food is in the mix. I’m a sucker for a good hot sauce, I love the spice. Sneaky Dees has great food for that. We love getting out and exploring new places and cities, especially getting in touch with nature and the great outdoors. We are always on the lookout for a good time. It’s been difficult with the recent lockdown but hopefully we can get back out there with everything reopened.

Facebook: /HarmAndEase

Instagram: @harmandease

Twitter: @HarmAndEase

Website: www.harmandease.com

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