Red Bull Music Academy. DJ Harvey. Was On Friday, October 19th. @ Oval Space, 29 - 32 The Oval, London, E2 9DY, 10pm - 5am
Marking the end of a ten year self-imposed hiatus, Red Bull Music Academy is thrilled to present DJ Harvey’s return to the motherland for two, long-awaited UK comeback shows. Touching down in London on Friday 19th October, DJ Harvey comes to The Oval Space in East London for his first UK appearance in a decade. The following week sees him journey north, shaking the floor at Manchester institution The Warehouse Project for a Thursday night special on Thursday 25th October.
In a musical sense, the term ‘legend’ is an oft-liberally applied one. But, in the case of Cambridge-bred, USA-dwelling Harvey Bassett, it’s a description he duly deserves. In fact, he commands it. Famed for extended, all-embracing sets that tick off disco, rock & roll, Balearica, techno and electro-funk, Harvey has earned his stripes as the quintessential DJ’s DJ. Having popped up at some of Europe’s finest clubs and festivals over the past year – Berghain, RBMA's Sónar showcase, Robert Johnson, the list goes on – his return to Blighty is finally here.
A proficient drummer as a boy – his school band ‘Ersatz’ won a weighty nod from John Peel in the 1970s – it took a trip to New York and a love affair with hip hop to coax Harvey into DJing. As he saw it, cutting up breaks was but a natural extension of drumming. From his outlandish parties around Brighton, Cambridge and on the festival circuit, via residencies at Ministry of Sound, to his own night Moist hosting New York legends such as Larry Levan, Kenny Carpenter and François Kevorkian, DJ Harvey honed his craft to become one of the world’s most respected DJs. Not content with being a role model to his legions of supporters, DJ Harvey has joined the distinguished list of Red Bull Music Academy lecturers, inspiring the next generation of aspiring DJs with his charm and unrivalled know-how.
One half of the duo behind the Black Cock label – alongside Gerry Rooney – DJ Harvey has been responsible for a string of anthemic releases, and has remixed everyone from Jamiroquai to The Police, Cornershop to Ian Brown. Recent years have seen Harvey settle Stateside, hopping between gallery and event space Hotel Thirty Nine in Hawaii, his occasional ‘Sarcastic Disco’ parties in LA and other discerning discos in between.
Having hosted him for a seminal lecture for the 2005 edition of the Academy in Seattle, Red Bull Music Academy is pleased to be bringing Harvey back for some of his signature marathon-length appearances, channelling the party spirit of those original blow-outs and reaffirming the status of the man behind the legend, no doubt winning more fans in the process.