In 2017, DJ Steve Harwell took the stage at San Francisco’s The Fillmore for a show that drew the likes of Disclosure, The Weeknd, The Lumineers, and more.
While Harvey’s set was a bit of a departure for the former member of The Killers, he continued to bring a playful flair to the proceedings.
We caught up with Harvey to talk about his new gig with DJ Steve’s Footlights, the importance of performing live, and the significance of the band’s new album.
“When you get into the music business, you have to keep a certain level of distance from everything else,” Harvey told us.
“I have a lot of friends that have come up to me over the years, and they say, ‘I know you are a good musician, but I have never been to a gig with you before.
I’m not sure if I would even go.'”
Harvey explained that there are “many people who have come to my shows who have never gone to a concert with me.
There are so many things that come in to play.
For one, it is a really good night out.”
Harvey also noted that when the band came together, the audience seemed “more relaxed and happier” compared to when they were in the band.
“The vibe in the club has changed,” Harvey explained.
“It’s like, ‘Yeah, we have a nice vibe, but we’re not dancing, we’re having a good time, and I think it’s great that people can dance in the audience.'”
Harvey also mentioned that it is “pretty much the first time that I have ever been onstage as a DJ.”
When asked about the differences between performing live and DJing, Harvey explained: “I am a DJ.
I can do whatever I want onstage.
I could do a little bit of the same thing as an artist, but if you’re DJing live, it’s very different.
You are not dancing.
You’re doing the dance, and then you’re doing what you want to do onstage.”
In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Harvey said that he is “not an entertainer” and “didn’t want to be an entertainers.”
While he has always enjoyed performing live in front of a crowd, Harvey has been inspired by the “creative and energetic” performance style that he believes the industry has developed over the last decade.
“There’s been a lot more creativity in the industry, a lot less attention paid to that, but you can definitely see a lot better performance and a lot bigger crowds now,” Harvey said.
“As far as my audience, I don’t know that I’ve ever been to that type of show before.
It is an exciting thing.
I hope I do it again.
It would be a blast.”