Live Act

Harrison Storm

You could say Australian-born singer-songwriter Harrison Storm personifies that eloquent edict of carpe diem. Under the cover of sand and waves, the fabled Australian beach life defined Harrison’s formative years. Harrison reveals “since I was knee high I’ve been around surfing, all thanks to my dad.” Dad competed regularly, and the family devoted weekends to watching him at state competitions. Often, father challenged son, bringing Harrison out in turbulent conditions to “learn the lessons from the ocean”—from surfing in the middle of winter snowstorms to facing massive waves that “demanded respect.” Surfing remained a family affair as holidays centered on beach camping and surf events. “A home away from home,” Harrison recalls how, “The most treacherous waters somehow became safer knowing what dad taught me over the years.” This upbringing by the sea, translated into a love of adventure that he still carries with him today, finding chances to take on new challenges. Diligently chasing his musical dream with a sense of urgency, he organized and launched a popular “acoustic night” in his quaint beachside hometown of Mornington in Victoria at 20-years-old.

Two years later, he dropped out of university to solely devote his days to busking for tourists in Melbourne, eventually making enough to finance his 2015 debut EP Sense of Home, produced by friend Hayden Calnin. Its title track would place prominently on key Spotify playlists, amassing an impressive 10 million+ streams and catching the attention of Nettwerk C.E.O. and co-founder Terry McBride, who personally signed Storm after sending him a Facebook message. It’s been a lifelong journey for the troubadour to reach this point. Growing up on the Mornington Peninsula, a five-minute walk from the ocean, he fell in love with music as a young kid. Mum taught him to play “Blackbird” as well as her own songs on a “beautiful Ibanez acoustic that found its way into every room of the house,” while Dad penned poetry and played harmonica. Storm went from listening to Neil Young and The Beatles to becoming a disciple of Jeff Buckley, City and Colour, and Angus
& Julia Stone by high school as well as devouring the works of Jack London. Along the way, he developed a singular style, merging impressive classically inspired fingerpicking and a soulful hypnotic vocal delivery equally resonant of alternative, folk and blues.

Sense of Home’s success saw him perform to packed crowds across Melbourne, developing a powerful presence on stage alongside the likes of Michael Franti, The Cat Empire, Husky, and more. Simultaneously, he impacted Triple J and received airtime on U.S. tastemaker KCRW. He officially arrives on the global scene with his Nettwerk debut single “Change It All.” Over minimal production, his delicate acoustic plucking immediately captivates. With a robust and dynamic voice, he croons, “All I see is how I could change it all. Find my peace, love I feel it’s time to fall. For a new day, oh from silence. To a new state of mind.”

“I was in a real rut when I wrote this song. A sort of slow spinning, downward spiral you can find yourself in when things become monotonous,” he admits. I was quite down about everything. I’m usually an optimistic person, but I wasn’t enjoying music as much as I used to. Then, I got this message from Terry and it really lifted my spirits.” Ultimately, “Change It All” sets the stage for Storm to impact listeners everywhere. “This is quite a personal one for me,” he leaves off. “I’m really excited to see how it’s received.”