Over the course of a fifteen-plus year tenure, Dave Harvey has played the role of A&R, label head, DJ, promoter, and festival director, tracing a path from dingy basement clubs in Bristol to the shores of the Adriatic under the now world-renowned Futureboogie banner.
Having made his first foray into dance music via an unlikely mixture of West Midlands jungle nights and free parties deep in the Welsh countryside, Dave’s increasingly prolific Djing career began in the late nineties but things really took off after he relocated to his current home of Bristol, where he co-founded a club night with long-time friend and business partner Steve Nickolls. Dubbed Futureboogie after the forwards-looking musical bent of the parties, the well-attended monthly night soon expanded to encompass a radio show, booking agency, and ultimately a record label of the same name.
Eschewing prevailing musical trends in favour of a friends-and-family A&R style spearheaded by Dave, the label was inaugurated by fellow Bristolian Julio Bashmore with the classic ‘Father Father’. Since then, Futureboogie has become home to countless quality releases from Dave’s immediate circle including Eats Everything, PBR Streetgang, and Felix Dickinson to name but a few, racking up numerous accolades-including Resident Advisor’s label of the month- whilst hosting stages at Secret Garden Party, Glastonbury and Burning Man along the way.
Dave’s time at the helm of Futureboogie has undoubtedly influenced him as a DJ. The resultant wealth of quality music to which he is exposed blends seamlessly with a deep knowledge of house, disco, Balearic and boogie for far-reaching sets that have seen him rack up bookings the world over at venues including Fabric, Salon Zur Wilde Renate, D Edge and countless others.
Whilst not behind the decks, Dave plays an instrumental role in the brand new Love International festival – which takes the place of The Garden Festival – as head booker, as well as acting as lead for programmer The Wow! stage at Glastonbury Festival and as a director of fledgling dance weekender Love Saves The Day in his native Bristol. In 2011 and 2012 Dave utilised his links within Bristol’s thriving graffiti scene to help stage See No Evil, a week-long event that saw the city’s Brutalist concrete plazas transformed in Europe’s largest street art festival.
With the debut of Love International moving into view and Team Love and with that Love Saves The Day continuing to expand in size and scope, the Futureboogie empire shows no signs of slow down, and nor does Dave.