A one-time session player and behind-the-scenes man, analog synthesist Harvey Sutherland emerged from Melbourne’s bubbling underground with a cassette tape in hand. 2013’s Nexus EP on This Thing Records - a trip through lo-fi boogie and Roland house music - was a cult hit amongst dancefloor aficionados and primed listeners for his latest 12”s on Echovolt and Voyage Recordings. His music has been played and appreciated worldwide, with support from prominent tastemakers Andras Fox, Jimpster and Motor City Drum Ensemble.
Sutherland’s improvisational live show, equal parts 808 rattle and double-disco-clap, is an evolving, synthetic boogie exploration. Manning the controls of the mighty Juno synthesizer, Harvey sweats it out with the crowd, looping new phrases and modulations, pitch-bent solos and the occasional Janet Jackson cover into a heavy four-to-the-floor throwdown. Having recently supported Seven Davis Jr, Jacob Korn and Gilb’r, Sutherland leaves the knob-twiddlers scratching their chins and the dancefloor a hot mess.