Doing nothing is necessary sometimes — I never get anything worthwhile when I’m straining for it. But when I relax, everything flows, my life is just better when I’m not vexed about anything or anyone.
Dallas native, Harry Edohoukwa is rooted in melody and committed to innovation. Raised on Jamaican smooth stylist Beres Hammond and Afro-reggae messenger Lucky Dube, Harry follows his mentors by using tuneful, personal deliveries to convey his purge of emotion and insight, whether it be hyped or brooding energy. His lyrics paint a vivid canvas of his life’s journey through triumph, agony, and personal lessons.
Named by the Austin Chronicle as one of this year’s Must-See Artists at SXSW, Harry headlined the Hotel Vegas stage with Jackie Venson and White Denim, as well as headlining KUTX’s premiere Austin Hip-Hop showcase’s SXSBREAKS and Love Lockdown and Denver’s Underground Music Showcase.
On December 11th, his debut album titled, Fire on the Mountain was released. The album, speaks about the human mistakes he has made, in fact, the mistakes that we all have made. He voices the small light of hope that exists in each of these mistakes that propel us into being excited about the present moment and the future moments to come. Harry falls into this feeling after his mindset shifts from focusing on the mistakes made and self-disgust to learning and self-love.
Thank you so much for joining us Harry! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Thank you for having me! I’ve always been singing and playing with music but it wasn’t till 6th grade that I created my first song. One of my friends heard me freestyle and invited me over to his home studio. It was a pretty basic set up but I was blown away. I thought I was Lil Wayne coming out of his closet recording booth to the sound of my voice on the desktop speakers. I studied his set up, begged my parents, and then put together one of my own
Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?
I was like 10 or 11 or 12 or 13 ha and it was thanksgiving. My family goes up for thanksgiving. It was towards the end of the night and everyone was filling out the party and “house of exile” by lucky dube came on. My uncle Eli stood up, closed his eyes and swayed with one hand in the air. It was as if his spirit was crying. I wanted that. I wanted to feel that and I wanted to make other people feel that. I’ve always been rapping and making songs but now I want to make people feel
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Right now I’m trying to get in the studio with Adrian Quesada from the Black Pumas, I’m excited to hear what we come up with.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I met Jeremih once. that was pretty cool. It was at a beautiful home studio in Santa Barbara, I believe. It was the first time I met someone on that tier. No real story, we said what’s up to each other and I stayed out of the way.
Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?
Jesus & Bob Marley. Because they weren’t afraid to die for what they believed in.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I have no idea. I’d love to say that, by how honest I am with myself in my music that I’ve inspired others to be real with themselves and or at least ask the questions that could lead to refinement but all I know for sure is that I’m trying to put good energy out there so that should hopefully it will multiply.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
I’d try to tackle recycling. Plastics to be specific. I just learned that I had been recycling all wrong. I was pissed, I wasn’t taking off the cap or the little ring under the cap and I hear that recycling wrong is worse than not recycling at all.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Yell if you need to. Don’t Bottle it in. Also, rest! Sleep is very important to me, not doing anything is also necessary when necessary.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1. Stop smoking weed — I believe my clearest thoughts are my best sonically sounding ones.
2. Lean into your faults — My imperfections are what make me me.
3. You don’t need to eat meat every time you eat — I’m running a mile a minute these days and I need the energy to keep it going.
4. Don’t stay till the bar closes- This shoulda been number 1. Like don’t linger, not with friends, not with women. Spend quality time then get back to the grind.
5. Doing nothing is necessary sometimes — I never get anything worthwhile when I’m straining for it. But when I relax, everything flows, my life is just better when I’m not vexed about anything or anyone.
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Dave Chappell — I just hear these almost ghost stories about what it’s like to hang with him and want one of my own.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
– Instagram: @edohoukwa00
– Twitter: @edohoukwa
– Facebook: @edohoukwa