“You can't understand the blues until you've had your heart broken, and you can't understand my music 'til you've had group sex on ecstasy.” DJ Harvey's self-description says it all. He is house music's rock star. Harvey Bassett has been bringing a subversive, punk edge to dance music since the '80s, when he popularized the disco re-edit and was an early resident DJ at London's famed Ministry of Sound. And he's done it all with a scruffy yet debonair air that has made him a cult figure and a style icon. The grizzled, mustachioed veteran shacks up in Venice Beach but still roams the world dropping the marathon, eight-hour sets for which he's famed. Trends come and go, styles change, but DJ Harvey will always be the coolest motherfucker at the party.
DJ Harvey; Credit: Red Bull Music Academy