We spoke to the Los Angeles legend about his self-proclaimed return to nightclubs.
After being stranded in America due to visa issues, UK-born, Los Angeles-based Harvey Bassett has made a triumphant return to the world stage—as well as his former home, Ministry Of Sound—over the past few years. The well-loved DJ has also hit the international festival circuit hard, but Bassett told RA he's been yearning for a return to more contained spaces.
"Something that I've learned to do over the last ten years is to play at festivals, but it's a very different dynamic, you lower the common denominator as the size of the crowd grows… it's quite difficult to play disco music to a crowd that's up to their knees in mud," Bassett says. "I honed my trade in nightclubs and warehouses and in many respects, it's where my heart lies and where I feel like I function best."
Recent years have seen Bassett kick off popular residencies at Pikes Hotel in Ibiza and XOYO in London, but in 2017 he'll double down on that concept, playing three 2017 gigs each at Ministry Of Sound, Berghain, Concrete, De Marktkantine, Lux Fragil and Output, with more dates being confirmed. He'll also have a hand in programming the support acts for each party, the first round of which has just been announced.
"In many respects, it's scratching the surface," Bassett says of the nightclub tour, "but all these places have good soundsystems and they'll allow me to express myself in the right way. I basically said to myself, if it doesn't have a DJ booth, I'm not going to play there this year." Many of the gigs on the first leg of Bassett's global tour, which includes a one-off at Goa Club in Rome and an appearance at Electron Festival in Switzerland, feature Harvey alone, which will give him room to stretch out.
"If I'm enjoying myself and, more importantly, if the crowd's enjoying itself, it goes on and on," Bassett says about his extended sessions. "All the sets I'll be playing are between six and eight hours... beyond eight hours you're getting into extreme DJing, but if the energy is flowing in the room, if I'm getting positive vibes back from the people supplying me with the cosmic energy to carry on, there's no reason why I couldn't DJ for days on end."
Get full details of the tour below.
Tickets for the London, Amsterdam and New York shows are available here on RA.
Apr 08 DJ Harvey: The London Residen.., Ministry Of Sound, London Apr 14 Finest Berghain, Berghain | Panorama Bar | Säule, Berlin Apr 16 Electron 2017 † Night 4, TBA - Genève, Switzerland Apr 20 Goaultrabeat presents: DJ Harvey, Goa Club, Rome Apr 22 Concrete [Samedimanche]: Dj Harvey All .., Concrete, Paris Apr 26 DJ Harvey - The Amsterdam Re.., De Marktkantine, Amsterdam Apr 29 DJ Harvey, Lux Fragil, Lisbon May 12 DJ Harvey (Open to Close) at Output an.., Output, New York