DJ Harvey is absolutely his own man, he is a near mythical character, who’s fans and followers refer to themselves as his cult, or study masters. Harvey’s musical style cannot simply be filed as eclectic or retrospective, he plays whatever he feels, as he feels it, but always for the crowd. Best put by Harvey himself “You can’t understand the blues until you’ve had your heart broken and you can’t understand my music till you’ve had group sex on ecstasy” He is an analogue loving DJ that utilises reel to reel and effects all conjured live while not being afraid to utilise new technology in the mix too. He is respected and in demand the world over to supply the sounds for a vast array of Clubs, Festivals, Fashion Shows, TV shows, and Private Events.
His clients include some of the worlds greatest clubs and parties including Berghain/Panorama Bar, Pacha, Yellow, Sound, The Block, Santos, Robert Johnson, Ministry Of Sound, Fabric, Cielo, Respect in Paris, Deepspace, Mr Saturday Night, Deep and Rhonda L.A but also such esteemed fashion companies as Calvin Klein, Antonio Berardi, Ted Baker, Burberry, Prada, Sarcastic, Levis, Fresh Jive, Rogan, Loomstate, Y3 and Deisel for events and fashion week shows and sound design. He has also DJ’d at many Galleries and exhibitions including MoMA PS1 in Brooklyn, NY Contemporary in Manhattan, MOCA in L.A and thirtyninehotel in Hawaii for which he serves as creative director. He has re-mixed and produced a vast array of artists; LCD Soundsystem, Jamiroqui, Jamie Lidell’s Supercoliider project, The Police, Ian Brown, Brand New Heavies, Tommy Guerrero, Lindstrom and Prins Thomas, Liquid Liquid, The Avalanches, Art Department, Bjorn Torske, Yuksek, House of House, and the chart topping ‘Open Up’ for The Black Keys as well as releasing tracks on International Feel Mo Wax, Nuphonic, Whatever We Want, Southern Fried and Ministry Of Sound and his own irreverent disco edit label Black Cock. His band project Map Of Africa released an album to critical acclaim and had their songs featured on HBO TV show ‘Hung’. An avid surfer and skater Harvey provided the soundtrack to accompany original Dogtown and Z Boys Skater – Tony Alva’s exhibition that took in cities from Tokyo and LA to New York. He is loved as a guest radio host on show’s such as Beats In Space, Radio 1’s Essential Mix, KCRW’s The Drop and was invited to guest lecture at the annual Red Bull Music Academy as well as host a Basement Sessions for the All Saints clothing brand, all of which still stream to a global audience still.
2010 saw Harvey tour outside the States for the first time in close to 10 years to rapturous reviews, taking in countries worldwide including Australia for the first time. He headlines his own sell out tour of Japan annually. Summer sees him in Europe taking in clubs and festivals such as Giles Peterson’s Worldwide, Berghain in Berlin, Lovebox in London. He was Resident Advisor’s X series surprise guest for Sonar in Barcelona which generated one of the longest discussion forums on RA’s website in it’s history only surpassed by him hosting their anniversary podcast in Feb 2012. He also returned to Ibiza for the fist time in many years.
2010 through 2012 saw Harvey featured both as a DJ and a Producer for his Locussolus project in many publications ‘Best Of ‘lists including including Resident Advisor, Beats In Space, and many online record retailers. Japan’s music press cited his tour there as the most anticipated and number 1 event in2010, and 2011 and 2012. He was just voted japans #1 DJ a title held now since 2011. He was invited to be a part of Kraftwerks concert series at MoMA in NY being one of a handful of DJ’s invited to support the bands two week residency and exhibition. In L.A he was invited in the same capacity to DJ alongside James Murphy for Mike D of Beastie Boys and Jeffrey Deitch’s ‘Transmission’ curation of MOCA
Harvey returned to play his hometown of London for the first time in 10 years followed by a gig in Manchester. His London show sold out on Resident Advisor in 1 minute and crashed their system. The post party reviews for both parties were rapturous with Harvey being featured as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 25 DJ’s that rule the planet. Coachella just announced Harvey on their 2013 festival line-up.
His Locussolus album project (on International Feel Recordings) was received incredibly well by fellow DJ’s, critics and the public. He plans to release new material in 2014 both from Locussolus on his own label imprint, and a new rockier edged project Wildest Dreams which with serve as the soundtrack to a movie for surfer Joel Tudor’s Kookbox board brand. His occasional pop up warehouse parties in Los Angeles under the new moniker Harvey’s Discotheque are his favourite parties to play and among the most revered in the world with party goers flying in from all over the globe to attend, inspiring to curating his own club and festival line up’s in 2014.