How does it feel to be a MySpace success story, and how did that come about?
I tried to go about things in the normal way with CD sales and all of that, but there isn’t an A&R man who’ll sign you unless they’ve seen you live. So I kind of started the MySpace thing after I gave up on getting signed, and it was perfect. People can hear your four best tracks, see how many friends you’ve got and who your friends are, tell their friends about you and all of that. There wasn’t a huge marketing master plan here, but it really helped things along, like it happened almost automatically.
Your album is entitled I Created Disco. Seeing as how you were born in 1984, aren’t you a little young to have done that?
Really, it was just a title that I thought was good. People have read a lot into it, thinking that I’m saying that I’m making disco, or that I invented it or something, which is not the case. I just thought it was a good title for an album.
We heard that you lost the only copy of your upcoming album at Heathrow Airport early in April because of a baggage handing debacle. What’s up with that?
That was at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, and they lost something like 30,000 bags. We were sitting on the plane coming in from Miami, and they made an announcement to the passengers that they had misplaced one in every five bags, and we waited for the bag to show up for an hour and a half. That’s when I knew mine was one of them. I eventually got everything back after it had been sitting out in the rain. When the bag came back, it smelled like mold and mildew, and when I took out a t-shirt that had been in there, a crusty beetle came tumbling out.
You moved to London, then back to your hometown of Dumfries after you couldn’t find a job. Now that you probably don’t need to find a job there, do you have any plans of going back?
I’m in Glasgow now, and it’s a nice town. I’ll probably stay here for a little while, maybe a year or two, and then maybe I’ll go back to London, but I kind of want to move to America, too. So, I guess I’m not sure. We’ll see.
You’ve been quoted as saying that you’ve never thrown a house party in your life, but the first track on I Created Disco was about you throwing a hellacious house party. Is that some sort of a fantasy/wish fulfillment thing? Can I come to your first house party?
Everything on the album is a fictionalized account of a fictional creation. It’s not fantasy fulfillment or anything like that. There isn’t an area of my life that isn’t fulfilled. Everything I want and need right now, I’ve actualized.
Harris performs on Saturday