Described by Mixmag as ‘probably the techno pages most regular contributor’, Harvey McKay has created a distinctive style with a name that is synonymous with driving, soulful techno. He has worked his way into the Drumcode stable with three top ten EPs and has gained support across the globe as one of the hottest techno producers around. As a DJ, Harvey has an exceptional skill to read the crowd and has played at some of the biggest clubs around the world – Space Ibiza, Awakenings, Ultra Music Festival, Fabric, Space Miami and headlining the Elrow Stage at 18hrs Festival besides his debut Australian tour. With 3 Beatport Techno No.1’s to date, he has released on all the techno stalwarts: Drumcode, Cocoon, Bedrock, Intec and Soma.
Hey Harvey! Nice to chat with you, how’s life at the moment?
Pretty good just busy touring and working on music all the time. Loads of new sounds on the go in the studio.
Can you tell us a little bit about how DJing started for you, what sparked your interest in playing and producing music?
Started DJing back in the acid house days when it all kicked off, met some older kids who were going to raves, I was too but I got into DJ’ing bigtime pretty sharpish, that’s where it all began really.
Do you think growing up in Glasgow helped flourish your interest and career in techno, as the underground scene in Glasgow is particularly vast?
Without a doubt it had its benefits, it was really buzzing when it all kicked off all that time ago in the acid house rave days. And it still is today with guys like Slam putting on solid stable nights in Glasgow for as long as I can remember, and they were responsible for breaking a lot of Glasgow producers as well, it’s a fantastic city.
Can you tell us a bit about what to expect from you nowadays?
Very much so it’s a more old skool sound, not really the housey techno I am known for, I am gradually moving away from that into the tougher sounds.
Do you have any other track releases coming out in the future you can tell us about?
Lots on the go but nothing I can mention at the moment unfortunately. But sitting on some of the best music I think I have ever done. So watch out!