Tuesday, July 24, 2018

 

10 Questions with Harvey Causon



Harvey Causon is a Bristol based singer/songwriter and producer. Calm and understated he is known for his powerful, brooding vocal, oscillating instrumentation, and percussive electronica. Harvey writes and produces his own tracks, as well as collaborating with producer and flatmate, Gabriel Gifford. The pair are set to release the full EP 'Murphy's Hand' at the end of July.

Harvey’s lyrics are introspective and explore anthropology, architecture and romance. Live, he performs with collaborator Gifford and drummer Ben Toon, blending dub tinged rhythm with a deft take on contemporary R&B.

At just 20 years of age he’s been made BBC Radio 1 Introducing’s artist of the week and has a Maida Vale Session to his name. His most recent collaborative releases 'Worn You' and 'Branches' have been playlisted by Radio 1 as the BBC Introducing Track of the Week, and added to the Burberry and Radio 1 Spotify playlists. Harvey's first headline shows are not to be missed. We wanted to find out more so asked in our 10 Questions!


Where do you go to discover new music?
I mostly discover new music through tracking down and following my favourite artists on Spotify or whatever they use and then rinsing their online playlists. I usually like their influences and then do the same for them... the cycle never ends. But nothing beats word of mouth, finding out what mates and what my contemporaries are listening to or going to gigs and festivals and seeing good support bands or something new.

What have we got to look forward to with you this year? 
I am playing these festivals some full band, some duo and some solo:

3 AUG - Fieldview Festival
5 AUG - Valley Festival
14 AUG - Dalston Eastern Curve Garden (duo)
17 AUG - Soul Circus (solo)
31 AUG - Knee Deep
1 SEP - The Downs Festival

I have my collaborative EP with Gabriel Gifford 'Murphy’s Hand' coming out on the 3rd August! I am also playing these headline shows in October:

23OCT - Latest Music Bar - Brighton
24 OCT - The Pickle Factory - London
27 OCT - The Louisiana - Bristol

First song you fell in love with?
If I had to choose the first song I properly fell in love with it's got to be BTSTU (demo) - Jai Paul. It hit me like a brick that song opening up so much inspiration to combine genres using live and sample based music. I love the unfinished demo vibe of it and the fact that it’s left such a mark alongside 'Jasmine'.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I want to collaborate with Romare, Bonobo, Taylor Mcferrin, Photay…. the list could be pages long.

What would you most like to own on vinyl?
I’d love to get the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s White Noise album. One of the last to be curated solely using hand cut and stuck tape and Delia Derbyshire’s music, posthumous legacy and her being so ahead of her time is a big inspiration for me.

Who are you listening to at the moment?
Right now, a band called iZem and this song called 'Barry White (ft.ZelooperZ)'… it goes in.

What's your guilty pleasure song?
'Tommy' - Tommy Genesis, it’s not really a guilty pleasure, I worship her.

What inspires you to write music?
I like to read about interesting concepts, science, psychology and philosophy and once I’m kinda stuck on something that’s really interesting I usually run with it and it transcends into a song or I make it work with something I’m writing. Or I get inside my feelings which can be good and bad...

What's your favourite song to play live?
London Stock, we usually finish on it, it’s out towards the end of the year but we play it well together as a band and it feels good to see audiences dancing (it’s a bit more upbeat).

Where would you most like to play?
I wanna play at Motion in Bristol, it’s a big club and it’s cool and I’ve seen some favourites there on bigger tour.

Branches
https://open.spotify.com/album/0O9Goncdly0W8UQd4uEWrc

Worn You
https://open.spotify.com/album/1quJ8yjwwG8mW3nFWnKKyj