GavinHerlihy’s music has been a constant feature on underground house and techno’smost iconic labels since 2006. After starting this year with a bang withreleases on esteemed labels Culprit, Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical andLeftroom his discography is backed up by previous outings on scene leaders likeCocoon and Buzzin Fly. Ascomfortable writing sublime deep house as he is at crafting no-nonsense futuretechno, few artists have achieved such a broad base of label support as thisenigmatic Irishman.
Now based in the UK’s capital of house music, Leeds, Herlihy (pronouncedHerl-i-hee) is an established feature on the global DJ circuit. He earned hisplace thanks to a two year stint learning his trade as an up-and-comingproducer in Berlin at the end of the 2000s where he notched up gigs at thePanorama Bar, Watergate and Bar 25. In the last year his tracks have beenchampioned by a diverse array of DJs from Seth Troxler and Ricardo Villalobosto Jamie Jones and Pete Tong. A split EP with Detroit legend Delano Smith lastSummer was supported by the house and techno elite. Deep and dark bomb ‘With Me’ added fire to hisever evolving relationship with hot UK label, Leftroom while in February 2012his Witching Hour single on Crosstown Rebel scored a Top Ten chart placing inBeatport’s Deep House Top Ten. It was closely followed by another bomb EP lead track‘Get Loose’ which became a worldwide house anthem championed by many includingPete Tong on his Radio 1 show and iTunes in their featured tracks section.
It’s a long way from his debut single ‘Machine Ate My Homework’ in 2006, hailedby DJ Hell and Laurent Garnier as one of the tracks of the year. However, hisroots in dance music lie much deeper than that. Herlihy’s teenage years werespent lost in the experimental rock of bands like Sonic Youth, Rage Against TheMachine and Fugazi before uncovering electronic music during an eye openingfestival pilgrimage to England at the tender age of 14. During this pivotaltrip he remembers in particular hearing early drum ’n’ bass on a north Londonpirate radio station. “It sounded like the future being beamed down the radiowaves,” he says. "And I've been chasing it ever since."
The coming months will find Herlihy building on the success of his releases in2012. With forthcoming music squared away for some of the scene’s most talkedabout labels, plans for his own vinyl only label in the making and his movelast year to London super-agency Air London adding extra fire to his bookings,his star is set to shine even brighter than ever.