Sinéad Harnett was discovered by Wiley in 2011 after he turned to Twitter to find a feature voice for a track on his album ‘Chill Out Zone’. Introductions to the industry from the Godfather of Grime himself created the beginnings of a ripple effect for North-London born Sinéad. 2013 saw Harnett make an even brighter name for herself by voicing the silky smooth vocals on Disclosure’s dream-like, ‘Boiling’. Since, she’s put out an impressive solo discography and supported artists as momentous as Mary J Blige, Jessie J and The Roots on tour.
Her latest creation – ‘System’, is a team-up with producer and DJ extraordinaire J.D Reid. We caught up with Sinéad to discuss the track, her growth as a musician and what we can expect from her in 2019.
We’re obsessed with your new song ‘System’, with J.D Reid. What’s the meaning behind the track?
Thank you! ‘System’ is about the unmatchable feeling you get when you start falling for someone. That new fresh and flawless love.
You played at some amazing festivals this summer! Which did you enjoy the most and why?
Getting to perform is such a privilege and there’s something about festivals that oozes limitless fun. Though the UK is my home the winner this year has got to be ‘Smokin’ Grooves’ in LA. Being on a line up with the likes of Erykah Badu, Miguel and Xavier Omar was something I’ll never forget.
Your debut single ‘Got Me’ came out in 2013. How do you think your sound has developed since then?
‘Got me’ came out as a remix of an original song I’d written with Maribou State, which was much slower and chilled. Since 2013, I’ve delved deeper into painful experiences I’d otherwise tried to block out as a person and subsequently as an artist. I’ve opened up way more and found the confidence to do so. I want to keep growing and exploring more shades to my music.
Which of your songs is the most personal to you and why?
Every song is as personal as the last because they are all autobiographical. My favourites are ‘If You Let Me’ and ‘Ally’. I felt most vulnerable when writing them.
You’ve worked with some pretty impressive musicians. Who’s been your favourite to collaborate with?
GRADES. I feel like magic happens when we write.
Growing up, which genres did you listen to the most?
Soul, RnB & Hip Hop.
What inspires you to make music?
Hurting. Of course there are times that I write from a happy place but generally – painting a challenging emotion inspires me more than any other.
What’s something you’re excited about for 2019?
My debut album!
Finally, tell us something people don’t know about you…
I love potatoes as passionately as I love rhythm & blues!