Harry Jay-Steele is a lone musician armed with a guitar, electronic beats and a kitbag loaded with fresh ideas. This 27-year-old Londoner, originally from Norfolk, draws inspiration from further afield than your typical troubadour. He’s interested in music that strays from the norm: weird, wonderful sounds that span continents and genres.
African desert blues of Malian bands, evident in his finger picking guitar sound and the undulating rhythms of ‘Lost Nor Found’, or ‘Peaks of Meili’ from his stunning debut ‘Reach You’ EP. “It’s really there in the guitar on ‘Peaks of Meili’,” Harry says. “The influence of the band Tinariwen, a desert blues band. The way I play that, the little bluesy licks are in there.”