The legendary selector will play his first UK dates in a decade next month, courtesy of Red Bull Music Academy.
Harvey Bassett's long and strange career has chapters on both sides of the Atlantic. Though he grew up in England, it was a first-hand glimpse of New York's budding hip-hop scene that inspired him to start mixing. Throughout the early '90s he imported the sound of America's disco scene to the UK, bringing the likes of Francois K, Larry Levan and Kenny Carpenter to play with him at his Moist residency at The Garden Club in London and later at Ministry of Sound.
After the turn of the millennium, Harvey essentially exiled himself in the States. "The reason was not by my design," he told Finn Johannsen in 2010. "I was enjoying America so much that I overstayed my visa. If I was to leave, I would have not been allowed back for another five or ten years and I was planning on making my life there." It wasn't until ten years later that Harvey got married and subsequently received his green card, allowing him to travel freely.
Harvey's been hopping around the world for the past two years or so, but hasn't returned to the UK until now. Both of his upcoming gigs are presented by Red Bull Music Academy. The first takes place at Oval Space in London on October 19th. The following Thursday, he'll head north for a set at The Warehouse Project.
Tickets for Harvey's comeback gig in London are available here on RA.