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Biog: Gavin Herlihy’s discography is a who’s who of underground house and techno’s most iconic labels of the 2000s. While next-big-thing DJs come and go, the enigmatic Irishman’s adeptly surfed through dance music’s fashionable trends since 2006 never getting caught in the ships that sink or carried away with the ones floating on hype. All the while he’s played some of the world’s most renowned clubs and festivals notching up sets at hallowed clubs such as Fabric or the Panorama Bar along the way.
As comfortable writing sublime deep house as he is at crafting no-nonsense future techno, in the last two years alone he’s remixed house legends like Romanthony and Todd Terry and supplied a steady stream of original material. Crosstown Rebels single Witching Hour scored a Beatport Deep House Top Ten in 2012 closely followed by another Leftroom bomb ‘Get Loose’, which became a Miami WMC and worldwide house anthem. In 2014 he delivered the supercharged 'Put It Down Ep' for home label Leftroom and the Higher Love EP for Lokee. All adding to an enviable discography that also includes previous outings on big labels such as Cocoon, Cadenza and Buzzin Fly.
Now based in the Europe's capital of house music, Ibiza, Herlihy (pronounced Herl-i-hee) is an established feature on the global DJ circuit. He earned his place thanks to a two year stint learning his trade as an up-and-coming producer in Berlin at the end of the 2000s where he notched up gigs at the Panorama Bar, Watergate and Bar 25. As a DJ he cites artists like Laurent Garnier or Francois K as big early influences for their abilities to cross genres within long marathon sets, a feature he emulates in his own performances.
It’s a long way from his debut single ‘Machine Ate My Homework’ in 2006, hailed by DJ Hell and Laurent Garnier as one of the tracks of the year. However, his roots in dance music lie much deeper than that. He was responsible for introducing artists like Loco Dice, Luciano and Ricardo Villalobos to the UK and beyond during a seven year stint a music journalist. His teenage years were spent lost in the experimental rock of bands like Sonic Youth, Rage Against The Machine and Fugazi before uncovering electronic music during an eye opening festival pilgrimage to England at the tender age of 14. During this pivotal trip he remembers in particular hearing early drum ’n’ bass on a north London pirate radio station. “It sounded like the future being beamed down the radio waves,” he says. "And I've been chasing it ever since."