London based Nick Harrison, better known as Cheriton has spent the past few months wetting our appetites with his playful, hook-driven indie-pop.
His debut EP, Parallel dropped on 17th July via rising London label So Good So Good, and consists of three original tracks including the addictive title track Parallel, and two brand new live versions.
“Written after a break up, the Parallel EP is a collection of songs which helped me get my head around it. Recorded over the course of a year alongside other time consuming things (work/life) its my first collection of songs and I’m so proud it’s finally available for people to listen to. “
“The world is a strange and scary place at the moment, seemingly so little positives alongside so many negatives. I feel at times so disconnected with all that’s going on, behind a screen, locked away missing friends and family as we all do. This EP I suppose is my way of connecting with people again, sharing myself in these songs.”
Having had our eye on him for a while, we asked Nick some questions about his career path, inspirations and favourite upcoming London artists.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
I've been involved creating and performing music even as early as primary school, it's been a life long passion I suppose. I've always ended up meeting like minded people throughout my life which has meant a constant progression and learning experience :)
I'm from a town called Cheriton (hence the name) just on the south coast, I lived here until I left for college in London. I played in bands back in Kent and have great memories travelling around and playing in all the mad little venues dotted around. Now I'm living in London and love the madness of the city!
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I studied music at college and it's here I understood it was possible to pursue it professionally, pretty late to the game! When I was younger it seemed such an impossible dream.. it still feels a little like it lol but especially now the possibilities for independent artists are greater in regard to owning and releasing your own music.. *edit COVID -19 has obviously scuppered all the live music plans we all had… but we’re having to be creative.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
My friends and family I suppose. I need to feel a connection to the lyrics to perform them, it's important for me to personally be invested in the songs emotionally.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
In someway, my personal growth as an adult has always been linked to making music. The relationships I’ve started, the decisions i've made… moving to London! It's all been intrinsically linked with the music, I learn from it and move on.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
Honne, Volleyball, Hi Frisco, CHRSL, DEACON are a few.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
Tour whole of India. Rider - Curry.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
Match of the Day
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
Release an album.