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Nacho Cano was born in Mexico City, and immigrated to the US at the age of 10. He now lives in LA, “where he makes moving, soulful pop à la Blood Orange under the moniker Harmless.”
Two years ago, just as his musical career was taking off, a drunk driver changed everything. “On September 10th, 2017, as he was biking to work, an early morning drunk driver struck Cano, nearly ending his life and placing him in severe condition. While he miraculously regained his ability to walk, a friend lent him a small keyboard.” This small gesture led Cano back to music and writing again.
On January 31st, Harmless is set to release the EP Condiciones. As Cano states, “I wrote this album throughout my recovery from a crime that nearly took my life. This is a form of therapy.” Check out the preview track ‘Para Poder Lloar’ below.
We also caught up with Cano and asked what three albums have influenced him and his music. His picks are also below.
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden
[Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock] greatly inspired me as a producer and songwriter because of their unique and experimental methods of composition. These two albums helped me incorporate more intricate instrumentation by means of sampling recorded improvisations from different instruments. ‘New Grass’ and ‘I Believe in You’ were two tracks in particular that I always draw inspiration from. They each are mixed and composed in a way that makes everything feel like breathing.
Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do For Love
This guy, Bobby, is hands down one of my favorite song writers. This record in particular helped me lean into the cornier, warm side of songwriting. Bobby’s lyricism and compositions are deeply intimate. They make me feel so close to all feelings that encompass love. I’d consider my career as a success if I wrote anything half as good as ‘My Flame’.
Kaputt – Destroyer
I don’t think I would have ever made music if it wasn’t for this album. I remember when it came out, I was in my senior class in high school. I was looking out at the girl I had a crush on as ‘Blue Eyes’ played. By the time the record got to the title track I couldn’t let go of the idea that I wanted to be the essence of this album. The only way to come close to it was to try and make music that made me feel like these songs do.