Harvey Sutherland: "the keyboard player in the band you don’t remember"

Interview by Mel Lake

Photo courtesy of Harvey Sutherland.

Photo courtesy of Harvey Sutherland.

Futurist funk producer Harvey Sutherland and his Melbourne troupe Bermuda are bringing their live show to Adelaide in support of the new Expectations EP. Before the ensemble take to the stage at Rocket Bar & Rooftop, presented by Young Muscle, local DJ extraordinaire Mel Lake (who will also be playing on the night) asked him a few questions:

ML: Tell us the story behind the name ‘Harvey Sutherland’, who is he?

HS: He’s the background guy, the keyboard player in the band you don’t remember. 

Describe your sound in three words by picking one adjective, one colour and one place.

Fruity blue lagoon. 

How did you get together with drummer Graeme Pogson and string player Tamil Rogeon to create Bermuda?

I’d worked with Tamil for years on some weird classical-crossover projects, so I called in a favour and got him to layer some disco strings on some demos I had been working on. Graeme played in one of my favourite bands as a younger lad (the Bamboos), and he played the right kind of funk for the job. Now we’re here. 

What, in your opinion, makes a good music producer?

Attention to detail, attention to history, attention to vibe. 

What was it that first drew you to the keyboard?

Figuring out the chords to Donny Hathaway’s ‘The Ghetto’. 

Name a record you couldn't live without. 

Bill Evans - Explorations.

What is the best part about living in Australia?

The small and welcoming communities of progressive and interesting people making art. 

What can we expect from your set at Rocket?

Power funk. 

Catch Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda at Rocket Bar on Saturday April 15. Details here.