On Managing Michael Sean Harris Part 2
YardEdge: How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art?
Michael Sean: I’d probably die of natural causes fairly quickly.
YardEdge: What’s the best and worst parts of being an artist/musician?
Michael Sean: The best is the joy I get from being inspired and the overwhelming positive energy I get from the response of others to my work. The worst is struggling to find that team, representation and the stuff you need to take everything to the next level.
YardEdge: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Michael Sean: Pushing the envelope even more than I am now- By then people would have gotten used to my sound as it is now- I would have to, by then, be trying out in public some of the things I’m thinking of and playing around with privately in my studio now.
YardEdge: Has your style changed at all through the years?
Michael Sean: It has evolved. I am more willing to take chances with my music. It’s not as safe anymore for me.
YardEdge: How do you get yourself in the mood to perform?
Michael Sean: I don’t and shouldn’t need to. I can and will perform in any mood. Doctors and lawyers don’t need to be in a mood to do what they do. I call myself a professional artist – I should act like one.
YardEdge: What do you enjoy most and not enjoy at all about performing?
Michael Sean: The most enjoyable thing about performing is the immediate response from the audience. One of the least enjoyable things is getting a poor review and wondering if you and the reviewer were at the same event (one of the musicians I look up always asks: ‘You really have time to take on that stuff?’) I guess there are more important things I could be concerned about.
YardEdge: If you could be doing anything you wanted, what would that be?
Michael Sean: Creating, touring and spreading joy with my music.
YardEdge: How have you developed your skill (s)?
Michael Sean: I’m analytical- I will analyze a performance and try to work on my faults. I also studied production, writing and performance at the college level.
YardEdge: What is your school background?
Michael Sean: Vaz Preparatory School- Wolmer’s Boys’, UWI Mona- Nat Sci (1 yr)
Berklee College of Music (BM- Dual major in Music Synthesis and Contemporary Writing and Production)
YardEdge: Last CD you bought/downloaded/shoplifted?
Michael Sean: I bought selections of Coldplay- Viva la Vida off iTunes.
YardEdge: How did you feel when you realized that music could make you a living?
Michael Sean: Blessed that I can make a living doing what I love.
YardEdge: How would people who know you describe you?
Michael Sean: Mad, talented, intelligent- fool-fool (in a good way), witty. Technical, under-medicated.
YardEdge: What makes you feel the happiest when you’re doing it?
Michael Sean: Playing or performing my own music for people who appreciate it.
YardEdge: Were you a good boy growing up?
Michael Sean: Hhhhmm- At School I was a teacher’s pet…at home…well…
YardEdge: What’s going on in your head when you’re performing?
Michael Sean: Many things- Listening to the arrangement (sometimes mine can be a bit tricky and I’m hoping everyone’s on the same page). Enjoying the band playing awesomely (I guess that’s a word). Hoping I can make it sound like I want it to tonight. Hoping I don’t forget my own words (funny how you can forget your own words). Making it mean something for the audience.
YardEdge: What makes you want to get up out of bed in the morning?
Michael Sean: It’s one day closer to all the good stuff coming my way.
YardEdge: What makes you happy?
Michael Sean: Good music, great friends. Intelligence and it’s many expressions.
YardEdge: What makes you sad?
Michael Sean: People who don’t realize their own potential- realizing I, at times, have not realized my own potential.
YardEdge: What really irritates you?
Michael Sean: Morons getting together to breed moronic behaviour, unnecessary red-tape, narrow mindedness. Mindless, drone-like behaviour (You all know who you are- you have lunch with the morons)
YardEdge: Last book you read?
Michael Sean: Phantom, by Terry Goodkind (Sword of truth Series)
YardEdge: What’s your favourite film and why?
Michael Sean: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The film was aesthetically beautiful. It brought the books to life. Excellent work on just about all levels of creation.
YardEdge: Quote us your favourite song lyric?
Michael Sean: Take it or leave it, all I’ve got. A heart that beats for you- and I can’t make it stop.
YardEdge: Any close encounters with the law?
Michael Sean: Nah- ah good yute dis.
YardEdge: Any regrets?
Michael Sean: I try not to have.
YardEdge: Tell us a secret?
Michael Sean: Pie+Cake=PieCake
If I told you…people might die and countries would fall- there will be blood.
YardEdge: Final thoughts?
Michael Sean: Intelligence and artistry are ingredients for longevity.
You can contact Michael Sean Harris through his website,