Name: Remi Harris

Date of Birth: 24 Feb 1988

Place of Birth: Hereford, UK


Where did you grow up?

I grew up and went to school in a small town in Herefordshire called Bromyard.


What about your parents?

Mum was from Normandy, France and my Dad's from the West Midlands, UK. They're both artists, Mum specialized in cartoon illustrations and Dad does mainly seascape and landscape paintings. 


Where does you name come from?

Mum told me that she got the idea from the musical scale Do "Re Mi" Fa So La Ti Do. This is why there is no accent over the "e" (RĂ©mi) which is more a more common spelling of the name and is pronounced slightly differently in French.


When did you start playing guitar?

When I was 7 I saved up money from Christmas presents and bought my first guitar on Boxing Day.


How did you learn to play Guitar?

I'm self taught, though, at the beginning my Dad showed me my first few chords and how to read guitar tablature, then he left me to it. I learned to play from guitar magazines, CDs and videos. I used to watch Dad practice and then go and practice myself. Sometimes he would help me out if I got stuck on something, often it was because my fingers were too small at the time, so we would try and figure at ways of playing things that I could reach.The house was littered with Dad's music and guitar magazines, I would spend hours looking through these and listening to his records, so I was exposed to guitar music from an early age.


Who were your early influences?

The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, The Stone Roses, Mark Knopfler, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Chuck Berry, Lynyrd Skynyrd.


When was your first gig?

My first public performance was when I was 11. It was an after school concert and the band was some of my school teachers and my Dad. I played Roll Over Beethoven by Elvis Presley, Back In The USSR by The Beatles and Communication Breakdown by Led Zeppelin.


When did you get into jazz music?

I started really getting interested and intrigued with jazz music when I was 19 and by the time I was 20 I was hooked.


What appealed to you about jazz?

Guitar has always been about improvising to me, that's what I love about many of the early rock and blues bands that I grew up listening to, they we really jamming and playing off each other. Jazz appealed to me because its all about improvisation, freedom and experimentation, it was a natural progression for me having just spent my teens playing in rock and blues jam bands. It started with just learning a few licks to put into my blues solos but it wasn't long before I was bitten by the bug.


How did you learn Jazz Guitar?

Mainly from CDs and videos on Youtube as well as going to jam sessions and asking questions.


When did you turn professional?

When I was 22 I found I had enough gigs to leave my part time job in a guitar shop to pursue playing for a living.


What's you favourite style of music?

I don't have a favourite. I love Jazz, Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Bebop, Blues, Rock, Punk, Heavy Metal, Classical, Hip Hop, Drum'n'Bass, Rap, World Music. It just depends what mood I'm in.


Who would you say are some of your biggest influences?

The Beatles, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, John Scofield, Led Zeppelin, Barney Kessel, The Stone Roses, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Neil Young, Rage Against The Machine, Louis Armstrong, System Of A Down, Clifford Brown, Joe Pass, George Best, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, The Sex Pistols, Bobby Fischer, Charlie Christian, Bireli Lagrene, The Rosenberg Trio, Chuck Berry, Pendulum, Jurassic 5, Lynyrd Skynyrd.


What are your plans for the future?

Just to keep learning and improving my playing, and hopefully continue to make a living from it all.


Whats you favourite thing about being a professional musician?

My favorite aspect of being a musician is recording. For me this is when the paintbrush really touches the canvas and your artistic statement is made.


Whats your least favourite thing about being a professional musician?

The Business part.


What's Your Favourite Guitar?

Its very hard for me to choose, there are 4 types of guitar that I use mostly and all make me play in a very different way. These are Gypsy Jazz (Selmer Type Oval Hole) Acoustic Guitars, Les Paul type, Stratocaster type and Archtop Jazz type (the brands and models can vary). If I had to pick one though it would be a Les Paul.


Are there any tips you can give for anyone learning to play the guitar?

Learn what excites you more than what others tell you to.

Some of the artists he has worked with include John Etheridge, Gary Potter, Dan Cassidy, Alan Barnes, Tina May, Robin Nolan, Christiaan Van Hemert, Bob Brozman, Deborah Rose, Martin Limberger, Christian Garrick.

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Remi Harris is an exciting young guitarist and composer. His unique style blends elements from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Hip Hop and World Music.

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