Q&A with Harrison Craig
lastminute lovely Nicole caught up with Harrison Craig, winner of the second season of The Voice to chat about music, travel and fame.
Congratulations on winning The Voice! Did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams you’d be crowned this year’s winner?
Its something you, well, I could always picture, but there is a lot of hard work in between it all, and finally getting there was just amazing.
Tell us what it was like to work closely with your mentor Seal?
To work with such an amazing artist, but also such an amazing person was just simply fantastic. He was so keen to see me succeed and that was one thing that really pushed me every week – his incredible self belief in me and my future. We’re planning to catch up with him in LA while I’m here.
What does an average day look like for you now?
Very busy! But lots of fun. My career, singing, it is what I am most passionate about more than anything else in the world. To have the chance to do what I love is just the most meteoric feeling.
What are your top tips for visitors to your home town of Melbourne?
Definitely take a walk through the smaller side streets and try the cafés. There are lots of hidden surprises in Melbourne, so go exploring. Oh, and bring a jacket… even if it’s 30 degrees!
You’re embarking on a national tour in September. Where are you most looking forward to visiting?
I think the question should be where aren’t I looking forward to going! To have the opportunity to visit so many different cities around Australia is fantastic. I cannot wait to get out there. I recently went on a Westfield personal appearance tour and, although there wasn’t very much down time, getting to spend some time in Perth and Adelaide was great – they’re both really nice cities. And you can’t beat Sydney – I’m glad to have the opportunity to spend more time there.
Tell us about your favourite holiday?
My favourite holiday would have to be when I visited Japan in 2009. I stayed with a family and the cultural experience was amazing, it was just so different to home and I have never had more fun in my life.
What is your favourite hotel?
Crown Casino in Melbourne is fantastic, and the staff are always helpful. I love staying there.
How do you pass the time on flights? Any must-have carry-on items?
Hmmm, definitely music, my noise cancelling headphones, and sometimes my iPad to pass the extra-long flights overseas. So handy having so much technology at your fingertips!
What is the strangest thing you‘ve ever seen or done when travelling?
I would have to say that having to clean the school in Japan when I was there for a homestay was quite different to being in Australia. It was nice to see how disciplined yet balanced everyone was.
Which celebrity would you most like to find yourself sitting next to on a long haul flight?
I think definitely Robert Downey Jr. He is one of my idols and it would be great just to meet him and just chat.
Where is next on your travel wish list?
Well, I’m currently in America which I’m so excited about – it’s been on my wish list for a long time. I’m here recording for my next album so there hasn’t been a lot of down time but I have managed to sneak in some shopping. I love everything about travelling to new places – it’s the chance to see new places and meet interesting people who have had different experiences than I’ve had so you’re always learning and opening your mind. I’d love to see the world, and with the goal of becoming an international recording artist that is definitely a possibility. I feel seriously lucky!