It’s easy to bestow legendary status on Chicago producer, Larry Heard. Responsible for classics such as ‘Can You Feel I?’, ‘Washing Machine’, ‘Bring Down The Walls’ and ‘Mystery Of Love’ he was one of the first to establish a sound, which back in the mid-eighties seemed like it had come straight from the future.
Practically inventing ‘deep house’ single-handedly, over a twenty year career he’s released more than a dozen albums and countless singles, all the while influencing the productions of many, many artists who’ve come to appreciate his warm, heart-felt compositions and lyrics.
Born on the South Side of Chicago, Heard grew up hearing Jazz and Motown at home and could play several instruments from a young age. Before beginning his solo career in 1983, he was a member of the bands Infinity (a Jazz-fusion cover group that included Adonis) and Manhattan Transfer. He also worked for the US government as a benefit authoriser, which enabled him to buy his first studio equipment and create the early works he’s become best known for.
Over time Larry’s used several monikers aside from his own name (Mr Fingers, House Factors, Loose Factors and Trio Zero) and has also recorded under various guises with others - Robert Owens, Ron Wilson (Fingers Inc), Harry Dennis (The It), Bernard Badie (The Ram Project) and Yancy O.Watkins (Blakk Society). He’s also mentored other successful artists, most notably Son Dexter, whose Alleviated label has also released some of his music.
Last year he returned to the spotlight, thanks to his acid-tinged deep house gem, ‘The Sun Can’t Compare’ alongside Mr White. Played by many a discerning DJ it also made numerous appearances mix CDs released last year.
Returning to the Sub for the first time since his appearance at the re-opening in 2002, this will no doubt be a rare opportunity to catch a man that can truly be called ‘The Godfather Of House’.
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