Joel William Harrison
is a talented, honest singer-songwriter from regional Australia who uses the process of creating music as a powerful means of catharsis. “It’s like therapy – a way for me to work through those thoughts, whether they’re good, bad or somewhere in between, that I just can’t seem to shake. They seem to niggle away until the track is finished. It could take a day, a week or longer but until it’s done, it’s as though my subconscious keeps working away in the background.”
For Joel, it’s not about his sound as much as it is about how his music resonates. “People are always trying to pigeonhole artists but I don’t ascribe to that. If I had to, I’d describe my sound as a blend of pop, folk and country – or Pofoco, as I call it – but all I’m really trying to do is make music that soundtracks my life and other people’s lives. Don’t get me wrong, accolades and awards would be nice but creating something that has a positive impact on the life of someone I’ve never met is ultimately what I strive for.”
Joel was first drawn to the guitar at a young age by two things: “Marty McFly playing Johnny B Goode in Back To The Future and soaking up Richie Sambora and Slash in my early teens, when they featured heavily in my older sister’s music collection. From there came a stream of influences, from Garth Brooks and Sam Cooke to John Mayer, Jack Johnson and Keith Urban.”
With a 14-track album – Thinking Over, Over Thinking – and two EP’s (Pofoco and Lucky Man) under his belt, Joel is currently promoting his newest single ‘This Is Us’. A detour from Harrison’s normal introspective approach, this new track intricately describes scenes, quotes and feels from the award-winning drama series of the same name. The production on the single also offers a tip of the cap to the show’s score, wrapped in acoustic guitar, ambient percussion, vocals and strings.
“It’s a constant evolution for me – my voice, my guitar, my message and my craft,” Joel says. “I need to create in my life to feel fulfilled and like I am following my purpose. A part of that is following inspirations and ideas when they come into your head. I’m so glad I followed the breadcrumb that started with the line ‘Three became two, then two became three, seems weird but that’s just me’ and bloomed into the song This Is Us.”