Mitch seems to be a good guy, but the lies that are trying to tell him about it just leave me with a bitter taste in my mouth. He recorded an album, even though it was small. But then he said that he, a singer and music lover, had never heard of Harry Styles? Jeff has already destroyed a song as good as Carolina to us, and now with this Mitch narrative? Poor boy.
If Mitch listened to Harry Nilsson and The Plastic Ono Band all day, and his hero was the jazz percussionist Max Roach?
I can almost guarantee you he never heard of One Direction. Maybe even now he can’t name more than ten 1D songs. Ask him about jazz ride patterns and triplet bebop? He’d be all over that.
A lot of rock and pop relies on luck– someone hears a demo somewhere, likes it, asks the person making the demo for a studio session or a contribution to a song, comes to like or dislike their work and then becomes friends with them or not.
Mitch had the good luck to know Ryan Nasci, who was lucky he got to work with Jeff Bhasker. Harry was their big break– but Harry was lucky too, lucky that he got to work with people who were musicians and music lovers first and foremost.
In pop music, a songwriter is often seduced to write “the typical Justin Bieber song” for JB, or “the typical Rihanna song” etc., in order to sell a #1 song. It’s incredibly hard to resist the temptation of that. The difference between #1 and #2, financially, is huge.
Who knew what “the typical number one Harry Styles song” would sound like? Is it MMITH? Is it SOTT? Is it TG? As far as anyone knew, it was Story of My Life.
To take a risk, to write and produce something so different from Harry’s previous work with 1D, was an act of commercial courage. Harry’s releasing it through his own imprint (distributed by Columbia) meant that he took on the majority of the financial risk himself. He was willing to fail, if it turned out no one liked it.
The other thing I liked about the article was that Harry wanted to have the spirit of The White Stripes. I have to say I was pretty surprised.
What Bhasker said about the sound of the album was interesting too. The album is so incredibly well produced and recorded. Compare it against any other album this year and you’ll hear the difference in quality.
I think Harry admires Mitch’s talent and felt lucky to have him– as he should.