An Interview with Australia’s Harry Thynne AKA ‘FYST’

We caught up with the gifted and talented Harry Thynne AKA ‘FYST” about some of his favorite projects so far and what he has learned from the industry:

Let’s talk about Harry Thynne (FYST) and how he first got into music:

FYST is the solo project of Los Angeles based, Australian transplant drummer Harry Thynne -who has been performing and recording music for nearly two decades from Australia to the US with various artists and bands.

Who or what were some of Harry’s influences growing up?

Influences growing up were based largely in the rock and metal genres. Later Thynne began performing with more diverse sounding groups. There was always a sense of being drawn to the heavier spectrum of sound and emotions.

What kind of training have you had, if any?

Graduated from the Australian Institute of Music in 2005

As an artist, what has been your favorite project to work on so far?


What has been one of the biggest highlights/achievements of your career?

As Harry says: “Recording my first major label release with Bob Clearmountain (Born in the USA, INXS’s Kick, Roxy Music’s Avalon and various records for the Rolling Stones). He is such an amazing artist and it was an awesome opportunity for a young performer”.

What have you learned most about this business?

“That the old cycles that have dictated artist’s careers have been broken. A lot of what we have learned needs to be unlearned. It’s an interesting time to be an artist to say the least. I am optimistic about the future of the industry as a new wave of younger more dynamic people pick up the reigns”.

What projects do you have coming up?

Solo writer/producer – FYST

Performing drums and co-writing for artist – Pete Wilde

Performing drums for artist – Andy Clockwise – LOCAL HERO

Producing and co-writing with artist – Sam Reid

Session work for artist – Marza Panther

Session work for artist – Dustin Bookatz – Indigo Children

What is your best piece of advice for aspiring artists?

“Do it all for yourself. Once you’re doing it for others approval you only poison the love you have for creating music or indeed, anything”.a

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