Steve Harwood is a singer/songwriter from the suburbs of Seattle, Washington. He is relatively new to music, but since he writes about whahe has experienced, knows, sees and feels, Steve has a lot to say.
Steve enlisted in the Marine Corps and deployed three times, all to Iraq. When he came home, like many veterans, he struggled greatly with the transition, or “re-entry,” and self-medicated heavily with alcohol. Steve always dreamt of singing and playing music but never talked about it or shared that dream with anyone. So he started guitar lessons and three months later I hit emotional rock bottom, got sober then soon began writing his own songs.
The artist Steve Harwood is most often compared to, almost every time he sings, is Neil Young, which was an honor to him after having grown up listening to his music. Steve’s main creative and musical influences are Notorious B.I.G, Adele, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Chris Stapleton, Pink, Tracy Chapman and anyone else than can flat out sing.
Here is The Underground interview with Steve Harwood:
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
That's a tough one because I'm not a huge fan of labels or "staying inside the box," but I'd say pop/rock/singer songwriter would fairly well encompass my style, for this purpose anyway.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
It's my given name, so that part was easy.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Historically, my interest in music has been lyrically driven, so for a long time my main influences were rap, namely The Notorious B.I.G, Eminem, and others. I also grew up to listening to tons of classic rock thanks to my dad's old record player, so there are tons of influences from that era as well. I aspire to be a true vocalist, so naturally I'm a huge fan of Adele, Pink and Lady Gaga. From a songwriting standpoint I look up to Tracy Chapman, Bob Dylan and Chris Stapleton.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I'm working on recording the last two songs of a six song EP that should be out in August. I'm really excited about both songs, especially "When the Gunfire Ends," a poignant song about the aftermath of coming home from war.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My goal is to get recognized as a songwriter, musician and vocalist, and to be able to make a living sharing my music with people and performing live.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
So far it's Dead Man's Last Ride, because for some reason I'm able to convey something in the chorus that doesn't come across as powerfully in the studio version, I think it may be the presence and energy of the crowd. That being said, I think "When the Gunfire Ends" will soon be my favorite, I just haven't sung it live yet.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
My biggest challenge has been that I've only been playing guitar three years now, so there's obviously a huge learning curve there, but it's coming along nicely!
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
All of the songs have been different, but most prevalent has been locking down a melody first then adding lyrics. When I get the lyrics first it can be frustrating because sometimes I just stare at the words and don't see or feel a melody.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
So far, there hasn't been a ton of traction there, but it's how I got this interview, so there's that!
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I'm currently a realtor by day. Before that I was a prison guard, before that a Marine.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
There's nothing worse than being unoriginal.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
It's all in my bio, and my songs!
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