Keith Harmer

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What made you want to DJ? had wanted decks from my early teens as would listen to my older brothers mix tapes he would bring back from raves and loved the idea of being able mix tunes together and the creativeness. Back in them days I had a old Amstrad hi-fi system and you could actually play two cassettes at once but had no way of pitching them so would sound awful half the time but was fun and would play tunes to my friends. I got a job as not long after leaving school and with my first months pay I brought a mixer, the next month I brought a deck and the following month brought another deck. I would spin tunes and practice every day soon as I got home from work. At weekends I would either be out buying tunes or be on the decks. Then in the evening I would head out clubbing with my older brother and watch the DJ’s to see how they mix and work the crowd, Watching the vibe and energy they could create which gave me the inspiration to want to DJ.

What was the first track you bought specifically to DJ with? Can’t remember the first ever track I specifically brought when I got my decks as would buy loads of records each weekend but remember one of the earliest tracks I heard at a club and headed out the following weekend to buy as couldn’t wait to drop it in a set was The Nervous Track – Nuyorican Soul

Everybody wants to be a DJ these days. What ignites your passion to continue, despite the competitiveness within club culture? I still feel the same now as when I first started mixing 20 years ago. I still get the same buzz when im behind the decks sharing my love for house music be it via a radio show or working a crowd in a club. There are so many quality tunes being produced within the scene by some really talented producers which keep the scene fresh, it’s great picking up some slamming new tracks and then work them into a mix.

If you could go back in time and be involved in the club scene of any era, when would this be and why? The mid 90’s, Had some amazing times at clubs between 1993-1997 with many of my favourite productions coming from that era.

Who would be your dream guest on your show? Joey Negro

If you could go B2B with any DJ on the planet, who would it be and where? DJ Spen…!! (Wicked DJ and one of my favourite producers) @ Southport Weekender…!

What was the last tune that was stuck in your head before this interview?Is It Love (Danny Krivit Re Edit) by Typheni

If you could have made any of the the records you have played which one would it be and why? Right By Your Side (Restless Soul Aquarius Mix) Nathan Haines. I never tire of hearing this tune and the memories it holds. A Quality production and such an uplifting track.

What’s your musical guilty pleasure? – Don’t be shy 😉 The Red Hot Chilli Peppers

If you could only listen to the same 5 records for the rest of your life, what would they be? This was a hard choice as have some may tunes I love from all genre’s but have chose 5 tunes which have very special place in my heart , In no particular order :

Right By Your Side (Restless Soul Aquarius Mix) – Nathan Haines

Jazz From The Heart (Old-Skool Re Edit) – 24 Hour Experience

It’s Yours (Original Distant Music Mix) – Jon Cutler, E-Man

Spreadlove (Classic Vocal Mix) – Lenny Fontana

Jump To My Beat (Todd Edwards Jump Remix) – Wildchild

Get up or Get Down? Get Down !

Too Hot or Too Cold? Too Hot !

Piano or Bassline? Bassline !

Yoda or Gandalf? It’s a close call but Gandalf !

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook

DJ BIO:

Keith first started listening to House music back in 1991 when he would listen to his older brothers mix tapes which he brought back from raves.  At the weekend He would also listen in to pirate radio stations and was soon hooked to the rhythms of House ! It wasn’t until 1993 when he was 17 that he attended his first club and it was a life changing experience.     Not long after he got his first full time job and on his first payday brought a mixer, then following month brought some decks, every Saturday he would head out to his local record stores picking up the latest promos and search out tunes from some of his favourite labels and producers. He would spend the rest of the day spinning tunes and continuously practicing on the decks and then head out clubbing with friends in the evening. It was on the club scene he met many other friends with the same passion and they would hang out at after parties spinning tunes together. In 1995 he met Jackie after a cheesy chat-up line on the dance floor and they got married 3 years later. Jackie was a huge influence on Keith introducing him to more Soulful, Jazzy House beats and she also had a huge passion for music and had her own decks set-up at home.  Keith continued to play at parties and buy tunes up until 1999 when their first son was born.  Music then had to take a back seat and over the years he sold his vinyl collection and decks. Then in 2011 he was invited by an old friend to a charity house event and stepped back on the dance floor, Victor Simonelli was on the decks and the passion was reignited.  He went out again to a few more clubs and soon after brought a whole new DJ set-up and started mixing again.  He also started handing out mix CD’s and got his first break playing at Mi Casa Es Su Casa parties in the Nomad Club London in Feb 2013. Since then he has played again for Mi Casa as well as Harmony Parties, Smitten, Deep Into Soul, Funkalicious, House That Patrick Built, Interlaced, Mas Profundo and more in venues such as The Qube Project, Nomad Club, Metal Works, P.O.W, Cantina Bar, Project B, Charthouse Bar, Thames Boat Parties and many more.  Keith’s sets are always influenced by his US Soulful House roots with a mixture of long forgotten classics as well as the latest upfront Soulful & deep House cuts!