We talk to London-based Jimmy Harvey about music, aesthetics and lockdown, in our latest interview.
PW – Hey Jimmy! Welcome to Pastel Wasteland. For those who aren’t familiar with your work quite yet, how would you introduce both yourself and your sound?
Hello! My name’s Jimmy Harvey, a pink fantasy 80’s influenced pop androgyne. The music’s main focus is themed around love (both its birth and demise). As a member of the LGBTQ+ community my brand is centred on openness and inclusivity reflected in both aesthetic and lyricism.
PW – 2020 was tough in several ways. What has the last year taught you in terms of both your career and life as a whole?
I would say 2020 taught me to love my own company, I find it hard to be by myself sometimes – but being forced to do so in a way made me get used to it! I also found love for working with other artists remotely (due to not being able to actually meet up in person) which I found to be a really fun way to make music. This way of working also took the pressure off for me in terms of recording vocals, I’ve found that by myself I let go a little bit more, maybe it’s something to do with knowing I can keep trying until it’s perfect.
PW – Let’s talk about your track “Boys Are Just A Waste Of Time”. How did the concept for the song come about, and what spurred you into making it?
Boys Are Just A Waste Of Time, well the title leaves little to be desired does it. It was my way of getting over a breakup, I felt I’d overplayed Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone” so decided It was best I make my own breakup anthem.
PW – Your sound is a unique amalgamation of vocals and playful yet melancholic beats. How did your sound develop, and are there any artists who have had a big influence on you in particular?
The main influences for my sound are The 1975, Troye Sivan and Charli XCX. The 1975 will forever be my favourite band.
PW – What can you tell us about 2021? Any new releases on the horizon?
I have a new single coming out on the 29th! It’s called “Boyfriend”. I wrote it with my friends Sophy Plumb and Luci Amber during lockdown, we were dancing around the house and talking about how wonderful it would be to be able to go to a trashy gay club and get hit on by strangers… so wrote the song based on that!
PW – Your aesthetic on Instagram is cotton candy-hued fantasy. Where did your style develop, and who are some of your fashion/ style icons?
The inspiration for the cotton candy-hued fantasy (absolutely obsessed with that description I thank you) was actually from writing a song called “Pink” which kind of sparked the idea of making EVERYTHING almost aggressively pink, to the point where I want the music itself to sound pink. You know when you close your eyes and listen and see colours? Pink! Stylistically for the visuals I’ve been very inspired by Prince and David Bowie, I just love androgynous men!
PW – Away from music, what is your favourite way to relax?
Either watching TV, listening to audiobooks, Facetime friends or family members. I was actually saying the other day that I’m so used to facetiming because of lockdown that I spend like 75% of my day talking to my screen. It’s been a great comfort to me to be honest, we are so lucky to have gone through this pandemic now and not 10 years ago with Nokia brick phones! We’d have all gone mad!
PW – In terms of the creative journey, in this kind of industry, it can be tough to feel like we’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way?
It does feel extremely slow sometimes and as an independent artist can feel almost impossible to feel like you’re moving forward. My advice (which I should bloody well try to take myself) is just to remember that it’s all stepping stones, and that no successful artist managed to get where they are overnight. It takes time!
PW – And finally, where would we find you on social media, and do you have anything else you’d like to add?