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Old Victorian to release his debut single on London label

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A FORMER Victoria College student is to release his debut single after signing to a London-based record label.

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After attending Victoria College Preparatory School and then completing one year at Victoria College, Harrison Mayo left the Island at the age of 12 to attend a performing arts school in the UK, where he studied for four years before moving to London. He began writing songs when he turned 18 and has since been working multiple jobs while songwriting and recording with various artists and producers.

Mr Mayo said: ‘My love for music has always just been there as an innate way of expressing myself. As a youngster I would always be singing and imitating people I saw on the TV. I was signed up to a number of performing arts clubs on the Island from a young age until I left and I kind of just knew since I was six or seven that I wanted to sing and perform. I was always tapping my feet and distracting the class with some sort of entertainment.’

Mr Mayo attracted the attention of London-based label AEI last year, after collaborating with artist Nimino on a song called Back Up, which now has over half a million streams.

‘Getting signed was never of paramount importance and I certainly never sought it out or was desperate for it,’ he said. ‘It kind of just came to me at the right time, I guess. It just showed I’m on the right path and the consistency and constant graft and hard work does pay off as I’m clearly doing something right. It was like a pat on the back almost.

‘I was shocked when I got the email asking to meet with me,’ he continued. ‘I rarely take time to come up for air and acknowledge the journey and the accomplishments I’ve made along the way, so all the small achievements that lead to bigger successions always get overlooked but I’ve tried to be present now, in even the smallest of achievements.’

Currently in its final stages, Mr Mayo’s first professional debut single – called Love to Your Neighbour – is expected to be released in October.

‘It’s hard to categorise the single into a style but I’d loosely describe it as R&B/pop,’ he said. ‘It’s a real feel-good song with a true positive message that I think everyone would benefit from. It’s being released at a very appropriate time given the current social and political climate of the world right now.’

James Jeune

By James Jeune
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