Harvey Sutherland is a Melbourne-based analog synthesist and disco minimalist. The producer and keyboard player has worked steadily since 2013, releasing a handful of highly-coveted records for People’s Potential Unlimited, Echovolt, and Voyage Recordings. His music has resonated with a global community of dancers and DJs, with support from luminaries Hunee, Sassy J, Bradley Zero, and Motor City Drum Ensemble.
Sharing the name of his breakout 12” for the MCDE imprint, Bermuda is Sutherland’s live band—a futurist outfit comprising Melbourne musicians Graeme Pogson (drums) and Tamil Rogeon (electric strings). The trio interpret Sutherland’s productions with flair and relentless consistency, bringing a unique energy to the club space. They have appeared at Meredith Music Festival, Dimensions Festival, and performed a sold-out UK debut at the London Jazz Cafe.
Up next, however, they will be performing at this weekend's Nuit Sonores festival, which features a long list of stellar artists, both DJ and live, including The Chemical Brothers, Fatima Yamaha, Helena Hauff, Talaboman, and Floating Points. You can find tickets and more information here.
Ahead of the performance, Sutherland compiled a mix for us, which is available for download below.
When and where was the mix recorded?
At my apartment in East Melbourne last week, in between a few coffees and some housekeeping.
Could you tell us about the idea behind it?
Some recent modal, jazz dance, and spiritual records that I’ve picked up in the last few months, and a couple of old favorites.
How did you choose the records in it?
They’re mostly the ones that were in the "unsorted" pile, but I went for strong melodies and odd sonics.
How does the mix compare to one of your club mixes?
A lot fewer kick drums, but I still try to bring a level of melody and form to every mix, regardless of whether it's intended for a dancefloor.
What have you got planned for 2017?
I’m about to head to Europe and the UK for a six-week tour with Bermuda, then a solo live tour in August. In the studio for the rest of the year, developing some new releases for Clarity Recordings and organizing some special projects for the end of the year in Australia.