“Playing music has always felt very natural. You know, you do try to do other things, and you do learn lessons that way, but, eventually – well… if your dad is a plumber, you become a plumber. It’s the family business, and I felt like I was taking over the family business.”Dhani Harrison
After graduating from Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design, Harrison, unhinged by the events of September 11th, decided to devote his energy to the pursuit of music and art, and returned to the recording studio in which he’d grown up. Teaming up with producer and musician Jeff Lynne, Harrison served as co-producer on Brainwashed, the Grammy-winning final studio album from father George Harrison. Harrison then joined forces with childhood friend Oli Hecks to create the packaging and artwork for Brainwashed, a partnership that would ultimately blossom into the hyper-creative art/music collective known as thenewno2.
In 2008, the duo released their first full-length album You Are Here and soon after made their national TV debut on The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, followed by memorable performances at Coachella (where Spin crowned them the “best debut performance of the festival”) and Lollapalooza (where the Chicago Sun-Times deemed them one of the festival’s most memorable moments). In 2011, thenewno2 released the four song EP002, featuring guest appearances by Regina Spektor, Sir Eyes, Crisis, and RZA, followed by their sophomore effort, thefearofmissingout, which was hailed by American Songwriter as “a reminder that thenewno2 are willing to explore wherever their musical impulses take them, refusing to be pigeonholed into any one genre.” Also praised by NPR Music, thefearofmissingout helped thenewno2 earn a spot on Rolling Stone’s list of top 10 must-see bands at 2012’s Lollapalooza.
The success of thenewno2 and appreciation of their picturesque, visceral music has led Harrison to become an in-demand composer for the silver screen and television, with credits such as Beautiful Creatures, which brought the duo to London, where Harrison recorded for the first time at Abbey Road alongside a 54-piece orchestra. In 2014, Harrison collaborated with Paul Hicks to create the score for TV project, The Divide, WE TV’s first original scripted series, which featured darker work than previously heard from Harrison. Also that year, Harrison and Hicks scored a pair of motion pictures: the critically-acclaimed Learning To Drive, starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson, as well as the independent film Seattle Road. Harrison’s scoring credits also include WGN’s Paul Giamatti executive-produced show Outsiders and Amazon series Good Girls Revolt.