Ever since we laid our ears on Melbourne’s premium velvet-groove generator Harvey Sutherland back in 2014, we’ve been dreaming of the chance to throw a camera in front of him to snap his mastery at work. Armed to the teeth with analog gear and cosmic harmonies, it’s his placement of sound that has given his music a sense of timelessness: live and crispy hi-hats dart through soft Rhodes chords and lo-fi jazzy leads like a hot knife through butter. And the groove? Well, that is a love affair that only the Roland Juno-60 and Harvey’s fingers can explain.
When Harvey was in town a few week ago, we were given exclusive access to secretsundaze’s brand new studio, a hardware paradise of rare synthesisers, drum machines, ex-BBC audio equipment and lo-fi outboard delay and echoes. Of course Harvey took to it like it was his childhood home, and we snapped him freestyling brand new material that had us all spine-tingly for a few hours after.
Watch the session in full above, and catch Harvey in Europe this summer at Sunfall (9th Jul), then with his live trio Bermuda at The Jazz Cafe with Rhythm Section (12th Aug) and Dimensions (28th Aug). Secretsundaze Studios is ready and available for hire, for more info get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
HARVEY SUTHERLAND LIVE (SOLO SHOW)
30.06 – Tropical Animals, Florence
01.07 – Visio Festival, Helsinki
02.07 – Dublin City Block Party, Dublin
03.07 – Macki Music Festival, Paris
08.07 – Powerhouse, Moscow
09.07 – Sunfall: Dimensions Night Party – Bussey Building, London
16.07 – Le Sucre, Lyon
17.07 – Goutez Electronique, Nantes
23.07 – 22fest, Amsterdam
23.07 – Borgerwood Festival, Antwerp
HARVEY SUTHERLAND & THE BERMUDA TRIO
04.08 Soundwave Festival – Tisno, Croatia
12.08 Rhythm Section Live – Jazz Cafe, London
17.08 YUCA, Cologne
18.08 Häkken, Hamburg
19.08 Prince Charles, Berlin
20.08 Minipax Festival, Istanbul
26.08 Kerk, Gent
27.08 Dimensions Festival – Zeezout Boat Party (DJ set)
28.08 Dimensions Festival, Pula (Live)