Spy: Harper Finn rocks the music in New York
Harper Finn has moved to New York. Pictured: VIVA magazine. Photographer: James Lowe Stylist; Dan Ahwa.
Two years after taking the Kiwi music scene by storm, Harper Finn decided to expand as an artist in New York.
The son of New Zealand music icon Tim Finn won Breakthrough Artist of the Year last year at the Aotearoa Music Awards in December.
Spy believes Finn’s time in the Big Apple will be ripe for success. It follows in the footsteps of artists like our own multi-Grammy Award-winning Lorde, who found great inspiration and collaboration in the city that never sleeps.
Finn’s representatives at Warner Music confirmed that the singer-songwriter was in New York busy writing and recording in the studio and that he would indeed be inspired by the city and be under a different sky, adding to his forthcoming 8-track Newcomer EP, slated for release later this year.
So far, there are some signs of ties to Lorde. Finn recently did a photoshoot with her former boyfriend, in-demand photographer James Lowe.
Finn has also hung out in Manhattan with a good friend, supermodel Renee Wilks, who moves in the same circles as Lorde’s little sister, poet Indy Yelich-O’Connor.
Last June Finn, 24, traveled to Sydney for four days and was immediately locked up for a month. Finding it easier to get back to New Zealand from the United States than Australia, he booked a flight to Los Angeles and ended up being away from home for three months. He shared on social media that he was hanging out with Wilks in New York in July, calling it “The Great Escape.”
Since their recent return to New York from New Zealand, Finn and Wilks have enjoyed all the city has to offer, with lots of sharing good times and new experiences on social media.
Warner says being in New York makes Finn feel like he is venturing further afield and being a newcomer again. On Wednesday, Finn released the official music video for Different Skies, a Newcomer single.
Mega Kiwi artist Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi, aka Teeks, is also currently drawing inspiration from New York, where the producer of his 2016 debut EP, The Grapefruit Skies, Jeremy Most is based. The beloved soul singer has shown his followers many Manhattan highlights and is due to travel to Australia in June to perform in Sydney and Melbourne.