At eighteen years of age, musician Harley Meszaros has lots of experience under his belt. He has been performing for three years around our region and has been getting his name out there to all those that count. He is humble, with the world at his feet. Harley Meszaros is definitely one to watch out for in the future.
As a soloist you play around the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg area, how many gigs would you do a year?
I would probably do between forty to fifty a year. I can sometimes do up to three a week. I am always looking to spread myself out over other areas as well, including Brisbane.
What kind of music do you play and why?
I mainly play pop rock, at the venues I like to play classic aussie pub songs to get the audience involved. One of my favourite songs that I like to play is Never Tear Us Apart by INXS. I also play covers from Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Mumford & Sons and Gang of Youths.
You have been a grand finalist in Hervey Bay Unplugged twice now, what do you learn from competitions like these?
Hervey Bay Unplugged was a fun experience. I learnt to make myself more of an artist rather than just a cover artist. It was this competition that really started me off playing at gigs around the region. It helped me build an audience and to gain confidence in performing.
How long have you been playing the guitar, do you play any other instruments?
I started off on the piano in grade one and am still trying to relearn it now which has been a nice change, I have been playing the guitar since grade four.
As a songwriter, where do you get your inspiration from, explain the process?
To date I have written about thirty songs, out of that thirty I have about five that I am proud of.
My songs are a reflection on life events. Sometimes the words may come to me and I write then down, then I work on the music. It can be the other way around as well though.
Have you released any albums?
Not yet, later this year through uni we get to record an EP and release it. I am very excited about this. For me it will mean that I can call myself an actual artist, not just a cover artist. Hopefully I will get it on Spotify and Itunes and have copies to sell at gigs.
Where would you like to see yourself in the future?
I am currently at Uni completing a bachelor’s degree at JCM Academy, studying contemporary music and performance.
In the future I would like to have a larger fanbase and hope that fans can relate to my music and enjoy it. I have been a soloist for three years now but wouldn’t rule out working with a band one day, that would be cool. I would also like to bring out some music videos one day.
If you could sing with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Without a doubt Ed Sheeran. He is a great example of a successful solo artist. Both him and his songs are very relatable, and I like his style of music.
To follow Harley Meszaros, check out all of his links below.
Like his Facebook Page for details of upcoming gigs, along with a link to his Youtube Channel. https://www.facebook.com/MeszarosMusic/