MASSIVE QUESTIONS with DJ HARVEY


When I gave Megatown the platform to break the name, DJ Harvey, in 2011 everyone thought the Weekly Review of Dance Music was talking out of its fucking arse. I had no end of people getting in touch to say that they'd never heard of DJ Harvey and that I should concentrate on writing about established DJs and producers. I love to say I told you so, so, since WRDM shone its light on DJ Harvey, the dance world hasn't fucking shut up about him. Do I get any credit? No.

Now look at him, he's only got his own national mini-tour in conjunction with the Red Bull Music Academy, Fabric, the Warehouse Project and Simple Things about to start (full details below and throughout the interview)!

It's just a coincidence that he arranged to meet me for a drink and an on-the-record chat during the build-up to his Road Trip Mini-Tour, I thought happily to myself as I walked away from what was a cracking chat with DJ Harvey over eight pints of Carling and six bags of pork scratchings in a properly shit pub in the borough of Ealing. I asked him to meet me down The Crown in Northolt because my Oyster card had run out and I wasn't topping up just to meet someone in central London for an interview.

Here is the transcript of what we said to one another:

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Q. For anyone unfamiliar with the name DJ Harvey, could you tell them who you are, what you do and why you do it?
A. I am Harvey William Bassett, I entertain via the recorded medium and I do it because it makes me feel warm and gooey inside.

Q. Was establishing yourself in the music industry as easy as eating a banana (if you like bananas) or as hard as eating a massive box of butternut squash (if you hate butternut squash)?
A. During the second world war imported fresh fruit was some-what of a rare luxury so my father did not encounter a banana until his mid-teens. When told it was edible he took a bite out of the thing without peeling it. Butternut squash should be baked in the oven at 350 for one hour and 20 minutes.





Q. One bar snare roll or a high-pitched “come on!” after the final beat prior to the start of a new 8 bar phase?
A. The sound of a cat being reversed over by a clutch slipping Ford Fiesta will usually suffice.

Q. Some people think I’m called Tonka because of your old Tonka parties in Brighton but they’re wrong, I’m called Tonka because I’m really good at fighting people. Did you ever see any fights at any of the Tonka parties?
A. I was unaware of any fights, but; once a body washed up when we were having a beach party at Black Rock...





Q. Slow and circular insertions or fast and hard, piston-like thrusts?
A. The fast and hard piston-like thrusts, of course.

Q. Who’s idea was it to play a three-city RBMA mini tour this month? 
Are you treating the three nights as part of a preamble towards a bigger one (tour) next year?
A. I don’t know who’s idea it was but it seems like a good one and if everything pans out just fine then there’s no reason why I won’t do more of the same next year.



Q. Will you be playing a prepared and ordered set each night on your Road Trip or will each gig be a spontaneous and inimitable sonic voyage in and around the outskirts of disco, Balearica, rock ‘n’ roll and electro-funk?
A. You nailed it with the second choice.

Q. What does it feel like to have inadvertently built up a following of punters, DJs and brown-nose journalists who want to metaphorically rim you every day without question and, if you were able to remove the word ‘metaphorically’, would you let them?
A. If the word metaphorically was removed my arsehole would be extremely sore having being rimmed and nosed from multiple directions on various occasions.




Q. You are the most handsome, the most culturally significant and the best DJ in the world. How do you juggle those three heavy trophies around your graceful, swan-like neck every day?
A. If anyone actually considers me any of the above, I would be honoured to accept the prize and carry it as gracefully as possible.

Q. Which DJs/producers are you into at the moment?
A. 1. Dixon 2. Tale Of Us 3. Richie Hawtin 4. Ben Klock 5. Seth Troxler.





Q. What is DJ Garth really like?
A. A gentleman and a thespian.

Q. Stone cold sober or absolutely fucking terminated?
A. Stone Cold Steve Austin.




Q. Do you have any words of advice for any young readers of the Weekly Review of Dance Music who might be interested in pursuing a career in the dance music industry?
A. Wear a black t-shirt, move to Berlin and play minimal.

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to plug on the Weekly Review of Dance Music?
A. Check out Wildest Dreams LP on Smalltown Supersound.


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What a lovely young man! Please join me in wishing DJ Harvey all the very best for the future and support all of his future endeavours. You can start by snapping up tickets for Club Fabric on Thursday night, the Manchester Albert Hall on Friday night and the Simple Things festival on the Saturday night.

You know that Manchester Albert Hall date? You wouldn't think it to look at it, but it's actually part of the Warehouse Project! Looks a bit posh for a warehouse party. I've never been to a Warehouse Project night but I'm told that they're all fucking brilliant so this will NOT be an exception.

And another thing, I always thought that Bristol was just a unitary authority area and ceremonial county in South West England, with an estimated population of 437,492. Is it fuck; it's also the venue for the Simple Things festival that DJ Harvey is playing at on the Saturday night! I've never been to the Simple Things festival before but I'm told that they're always fucking brilliant so this will NOT be an exception.

I'll be back soon with loads more content on the internet.

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