An Interview with Jeremy Harris of Save Music Venues

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, indie music venues have taken a huge hit, with some closing forever, but there are small things that we can do to help. Save Music Venue has some ideas in mind. In this interview, you’ll meet Jeremy Harris, who is the co-founder of the venture, which is an apparel company that donates a portion of its proceeds to indie music venues in need. If you would like to learn more, head over to Save Music Venues website here. Enjoy this interview. Cheers.

Andrew:
Jeremy, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. This last year has been rough. How are you holding?

Jeremy:
Hey. Yeah, this has definitely been a difficult year, but my family and I are healthy and safe, and that’s the most important thing right now.

Andrew:
Tell us about your backstory. What was your musical gateway?

Jeremy:
I got into music when I was three years old when I got my first drum set. Music has been a massive part of my life ever since. Nowadays, I focus on songwriting and producing.

Andrew:
Let’s talk about Save Music Venues. Tell us about the project. What’s the mission statement? What are your goals?

Jeremy:
Save Music Venues is an apparel company created by myself and my friend/business partner, Julian Frampton. In today’s climate, music venues all across the country are in serious jeopardy of closing down for good. We refuse to imagine a world without local live music. Instead of donating to a larger scale Covid-19 relief fund, we decided to make a direct impact on the venues we want to help. And this goes for our customers too. With each purchase, 100% of the net proceeds go directly to a music venue of the buyer’s choice.

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Andrew:
Both yourself and your co-founder are musicians, right? Tell us about your work? 

Jeremy:
I’m currently working on my solo project, and Julian has his band, Julian Frampton Band, and he also has his solo stuff.

Andrew:
What types of products are available? How does the whole system work? Do you donate directly to venues? I see a “support your local favorite venue section” of your site. Tell us more about that?

Jeremy:
Right now, we offer a shirt, hoodie, beanie, mask, phone case, and more! You just write in who your favorite local venue is and where they are located at checkout. After our 14-day return policy expires, we then go ahead and reach out to music venues directly to get them their funds.

Andrew:
COVID-19 has ravaged the live music industry, but indie venues have been in some trouble for a while, right? It feels like big companies like Ticketmaster, Live Nation, and more aren’t doing small venues any favors. Would you agree?

Jeremy:
Unfortunately, yes I do agree.

Andrew:
As musicians and lovers of live music, not being able to go to concerts has been challenging, I’m sure. What do you miss most about live shows?

Jeremy:
The music. The people. The atmosphere. The collective connection.

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Andrew:
Let’s talk about the state of the music industry a bit. What are a few things you would like to see change for the betterment of both the fans and artists alike? What types of challenges have COVID-19 presented you as a producer? Do you think things, in general, will recover?

Jeremy:
Things are looking very grim at the moment, but things will get better. It’s a shame that artists only see pennies for their streams. That’s the one thing I hope changes for the better and soon.

Andrew:
In a world dominated by capitalism and social media, can indie artists truly get ahead? How do we keep the playing field level so that everyone has a chance to succeed?

Jeremy:
In a sense, everything is out there and fair when it comes to social media and youtube and such. Anyone can throw their talent out there into the world, and you just never know what’ll hit these days. You may not have an audience right away, but the potential is at anyone’s fingertips which is a pro for being an indie artist today.

Andrew:
Are you into records? Tapes? CDs? Digital? Where do you like to shop for music?

Jeremy:
Julian and his fiancee have an extensive record collection. I know they like to shop at their local record shops.

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Andrew:
What are a few albums that mean the most to you, and why?

Jeremy:
Radiohead – In Rainbows because it’s a masterpiece and Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon because it got me interested in becoming a musician.

Andrew:
Who are some of your favorite artists? Ones that mean the most to you.

Jeremy:
Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, The Beatles, The White Stripes, Pink Floyd, Grizzly Bear, Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, and Fleetwood Mac, to mention a few.

Andrew:
Last question. You’ve maintained a solid DIY approach throughout your career, which is fantastic. That said, what advice would you have for young artists just starting? How do bands stay afloat in a world that seems to be so abhorrent to creatives?

Jeremy:
Staying positive is key. Getting lost in the thought of defeat IS defeat. Take things one step at a time and stay focused. It’s important to know that everyone has both an opinion and a story to tell. You will never please everyone, but some may want to hear your story and follow your journey.

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Since he was a young child growing up on Long Island, NY, Andrew has always loved writing and collecting physical music. Present-day, Andrew is proud to share his love of music with the world through his writing, and the result is nothing short of beautiful: articles and interviews written by a music addict for fellow music addicts. Andrew lives on Long Island and works as a Horticultural Operations Manager by day and runs the Vinyl Writer Music website by night.
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