@ Coda, Toronto
September 17, 2016
DJ Harvey, nicknamed “The Keith Richards of Dance Music” and “One of 25 DJs that rule the earth” by Rolling Stone, brought his blend of trippy Disco to command the decks alongside Young Marco at Coda nightclub on September 17, 2016. Toronto DJs Members Only and Gera were the supporting acts.
DJ Harvey blew the lid off of Coda, Toronto’s techno club regularly known for world-renowned DJs such as Green Velvet and Nicole Moudaber. Quoted as saying “you can’t understand my music ‘til you’ve had group sex on ecstasy,” this handle-bar-mustached legend is not the standard fare for Coda regulars. Yet he successfully converted more googly-eyed fans, who were stunned into submission by the end of his epic ‘too-short,’ two-hour set that left the crowd begging for more.
Trying to contain DJ Harvey’s sound, which has been described as House, Techno and Classics, is near impossible given his roots in “re-edits,” originally for his now-defunct Black Cock label, and decades-long pioneering residency at London’s iconic Ministry of Sound Nightclub. Harvey’s versatility as a DJ started at Ministry of Sound, where he would spin breakout Techno tracks on Friday followed by the latest House cuts on Saturday nights with his own unique re-edit flavour. Throw into the mix DJ Harvey’s co-founder status in the legendary Tonka Sound System collective warehouse parties, and his roots drumming for Punk bands (he started DJing in the late 1980s), and you start to understand what inspires his eclectic and genius rebel sets. When not surfing or riding vintage motorcycles, DJ Harvey plays all instruments on his Wildest Dreams band project (Smalltown Supersound label), as well as a Rock ‘n’ Roll album, Map Of Africa (2005) and singing on Locussolus. The next time DJ Harvey is in town, go. No excuses.
– Talia Wooldridge
– Article Photography Credits: Talia Wooldridge