Getting to know Melbourne artist Fleeting Persuasion

If you haven’t already checked out Fleeting Persuasion’s new video for Shaken, stop what you’re doing and go watch it now. We’ve been hooked ever since we first laid ears on it, so fresh off its release, we caught up with the artist himself for a quick chat.

With a brilliant new single fresh under his belt, we caught up with Melbourne-based artist Fleeting Persuasion for a chat.

HAPPY: Hey, how’s it going? What are you up to at the moment?

FLEETING PERSUASION: I’m good! I have enjoyed releasing the first few FP singles before the album comes out in a couple of months. Also written the next record after that so look forward to jamming those tracks with this current band. Feel like it’s a great dynamic between us!

HAPPY: We’ve been loving Shaken! Could you tell us a bit about the track?

FLEETING PERSUASION: I think it was one of the first songs written out of these lot. In general, I write a lot in summer for some reason. One day I tuned the high E down to a D then started picking some notes and it came out of that. Had no idea how the drums would sound so Nicholas Williams (The Bennies/Foxtrot) had a cool idea for that. A slow kinda half time vibe that builds and then collapses again. I recorded the harmonies initially but decided to get my friend Danielle Loughnan in to sing them instead. It made the song for me. Got her on a few others too

HAPPY: You’ve been making music for a while now, but just decided to start releasing tunes under a new alias. Why make that move?

FLEETING PERSUASION: Yeah, the first two albums were released as JMS Harrison, and they both definitely felt like solo albums (with a band) I guess. Whereas this batch of songs, although written on my own again initially, very much transformed through the recording process with a much different vibe in the end result. And really, I wasn’t attached to the idea of staying under a solo name so the call was made that led to Fleeting Persuasion.

FLEETING PERSUASION: Have you approached writing and recording differently at all since the change?

FLEETING PERSUASION: I’ve been writing a fair bit in a different tuning which has sparked the next batch. And yes, I feel like the change has and will influence things moving ahead. For example the album after this I’ve approach song arranging a bit differently. Perhaps aim to record more as a live band to start with, instead of adding things bit by bit. But there’ll always still be a bit of that though!

HAPPY: What’s next for Fleeting Persuasion? Any other exciting plans in the works?

FLEETING PERSUASION: Another video clip to join Shaken & Set Foot soon. Also, the album launch has been booked for Sat Sep 7th at The Labour In Vain in Fitzroy! Hanging to work on more new songs as well.

Shaken is available now. Watch the video above.