Interview: Harley Lunar
Learning his craft in Australia, Harley Lunar first was first inspired by working with clubs such as Gas, Chinese Laundry and Home in Sydney- Australia’s biggest nightclub at the time. Following a move across the globe to pursue the underground sounds coming out of Europe, Harley spent time in legendary London hotspots The End, Turnmills and Leicester Square’s Home before relocating to Ibiza for 7 years to work on projects at Space nightclub. His trademark underground deep tech vibes were formed playing and working at legendary superclubs Space and Eden on the White Isle. Following this formative time, Harley’s European adventures have seen him playing at Amsterdam’s Melkweg, London’s 93 Feet East, and many more but for now he’s across the globe tour managing superstars such as Sasha, Tiga and Borgore. With so many years of experience in the industry and a truly international background, Harley Lunar’s cosmic grooves are sure to take you on your own journey through space, time and beyond.
Q1. Hi Harley hope you are well! What part of the world are you in right now?
I’ve just been to South Africa, France, Seoul, Pune and finally just touched down in Goa a few days ahead of the festival
Q2. You are the head at Lunartron which represents some of the biggest names in the industry. Can you tell us how all of this came about?
Sure thing, I started out DJing in the 90s in Sydney Australia and just really wanted to work with music. I wasn’t really sure in what capacity, so I started doing anything people would let me do. I worked in many different bars, nightclubs and PR teams. I just loved being inspired by great music and musicians. So in 2000 I moved to Ibiza to dj a little and work at Space nightclub and that’s where it all began really. I was looking after most of the world’s big djs weekly and djing in a few different little spots on the island.
After 7 years there I was looking for a change and wanted to spend more time in London, so I set up my management company and have been working hard everyday since then. There is rarely a day when I’m not working!
Q3. You’ve worked at some legendary nightclubs. What made you move your homebase from Australia to London? Did you always want to work behind the scenes?
Australia at the time was still quite isolated from the european scene (this is not the case anymore) and I’d worked for all the big clubs in Sydney. So I wanted a new challenge. All the music I really loved at the time was coming out of London so that seemed like the best place to go. I’m not going to lie, it was a very difficult move to leave my life and parents behind in Sydney. I had no idea how London would work out for me, but in hindsight it was a life defining move, and I’m very happily settled now. Like i mentioned before i always knew i wanted to work in music, i just wasn’t really sure where exactly.
Q4. You will be in Goa alongside one of your artists ‘Sasha’ and will also be performing at Krank Goa 2014! Is this your first time performing in Goa? What did you hear about Goa and it’s music scene before?
I’ve also just been up in Pune for the EVC festival, touring with Borgore, that was great fun! I’ve been coming to Goa since 2005, a good friend of mine was living in Palolem at the time and I came over to relax and play some music. I played at a few beach bars and different little spots around the South of Goa. I remember playing at Cafe Del Mar a few times. It was always interesting because of power cuts and authorities cutting the music regularly.
Q5. From Turnmills and The End you moved to Ibiza to work for superclubs such as Space and Eden. Was it hard for you to adapt the different working culture compared to how it was in London and Australia?
Ibiza was a real learning experience, it’s so competitive and so organised I was very lucky to be working with such a great team of people who really taught me everything about the clubbing world and promoting events. The working culture wasn’t that different to London or Australia, it was just much more efficient and musically inspiring. I think I had a really good work ethic, so I loved a bit of hard work and grafting and it really paid off.
Q6. What sound can people expect you to play at Krank 2014?
My sound is a little versatile depending on the vibe of the event but I like to play really really deep, so quite mid tempo, a little tech house. I’m really liking labels like Diynamic, Anjunadeep, last night on earth, Kompakt, and Crosstown rebels just to name a couple.
Q7. You’ve toured some of the top artists from the electronic music space, who is that one artist that you would like to manage and why?
I’d love to work with Flying Lotus, such inspiring music and I love that he doesn’t sound like anyone else out there.
Q8. Top 10 tracks that are working wonders for you at the dancefloor?
London Grammar – Hey now (sasha remix)
Pepe Braddock – Deep burnt
The Acid – Ghost (maya jane cole remix ) Kiasmos – looped
Caribou – Your Love Will Set You Free (c2s Set U Free RMX)
Royksopp – Sordid Affair (Maceo Plex Remix)
Aki Bergen – First Glimpse
Monika Kruse – Summer Drops (UNER remix)
HNNY – For The Very First Time
AB/DC – This Feelin (Soul Claps Deepest Dub)
Q9. Strangest request you got from one of your artists?
I get some great requests from Borgore, I was organising pole dancers last summer for a festival performance.
Thank you for your time! See you in Goa soon!
Thankssss! can’t wait!