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Thursday, April 7, 2011

DJ Harvey on How to Throw an Underground Party, Sarcastic Disco, and Not Having a Body Clock

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You've been known for playing all vinyl, but it must be easier to travel with minimal records and CDs.
Still the majority of music I play is on vinyl, but I do play some CDs now because there's still quite a bit of music that doesn't exist on vinyl that's in the promo stage only in the digital domain.

What kind of mixer do you prefer these days?
I prefer a rotary mixer. A good quality mixer, hopefully there will be an Urei up there for me. But I'm a pro, I can work on anything as long as it works (laughs). I've encountered booths where they aren't used to DJ's playing vinyl or a sensitive approach to mixing.

With followers from London to Japan, you've managed to define yourself through the years with amazing remixes and edits incorporating everything from prog rock to samba breakdowns. What's the secret?
I have no fear of a backlash. I've been doing this for almost 30 years, and people still come and hear me play because I've always got something to offer. Some of the music I play is modern and cutting edge, and some of it keeps that angle people know so well. With my experiences in the past, I've managed to collect knowledge and a wide range of records.
If you're a DJ and not fully committed, or you put yourself in a particular genre, you have to remember that times are going to change and you could be caught in the flavor of the month. For me, dance music is as broad as it could be. I play old music, and new music, and I'm not constrained by a particular genre. I like to select records I like.

So that's true staying power!
I don't feel like I'm going to be flavor of the month, and then suddenly not flavor of the month. If I could have sold out I would have done so years ago. I just don't know how to!

We never knew selling-out was actually a hard thing.
Well fuck, it's not like I haven't tried! (Laughs). If I just do my thing, and people happen to like it, that's fucking great! If not, I'll go back to stacking shelves.

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