HarriIn the Scotch city of Glasgow is famous for a number of things: its not-so-romantic kiss; Scrooge McDuck; and its vibrant house scene.
Of the latter, there is no greater ambassador than James ‘Harri’ Harrigan, who has been resident DJ at the Sub Club for 20 years.
BBm’s Dan Jeffery finds talks to the man who’s making his Aussie debut at event organiser Co-Op’s First Birthday bash.


BBM: Hi Harri, how are you? Have you been working on anything special recently?
HARRI: Hi there. Graeme (The Revenge) and myself have just finished a remix for Roberto Rodriguez for the German label Compost, and we are about to embark on one for Craig Bratley for Instruments of Rapture. Apart from this I have been working with Graeme Reedie from Silicone Soul on an EP for their Darkroom Dubs label.

Like footballers Steven Gerrard and Ryan Giggs, you’ve made a great career out of staying with the one club. What’s so special about the Sub Club?
The Sub Club is like a family business with great bar staff, doormen, an amazing soundsystem, and one of the most up-for-it crowds in the world. What’s not to like? Well, a wage rise would be goood…

Have younger DJs come to the club with the motive of knocking you off the residency roster?
We have a team of apprentices that stand in for Domenic and myself when we are travelling, I am sure they would love my job, I would like to think we operate as a team rather than competitors.

You’ve featured in lists for the top 100 DJs in the world and helped Sub Club become recognised as one of the world’s top clubs. How much stock do you take in those types of lists?
I think these lists are usually a load of old bollocks. They impressed my mum though.

You’re coming to Australia for the Co-Op’s 1st birthday party, which is apparently in a warehouse. Does the location of a gig have much of a consequence on the overall atmosphere?
I think the location really adds to the sense of anticipation, and when that is combined with a good crowd you have a recipe for a great party. I have DJ’d in an international airport, on a bus, a boat, art galleries, castles, ski lodges, an old jail, posh hotels, grubby bunkers, loads of festival tents and warehouses, and a former public toilet in Oslo.

Nice. What’s been the biggest change in house music you’ve witnessed in your time as a DJ, both from the perspective as a DJ and from that of clubbers?
For the last 20 plus years, I have been playing every week, so all the changes in house music for me have been gradual evolutions. I have witnessed many changes in house and its evolution into various sub genres. Personally I have just tried to play the best new music available without forgetting the past. I have a nineteen-year old son that grew up a hip hop freak – he never got house music until he had an evangelical experience when I took him to a festival when he was around 14. He witnessed a tent-full of people going mental to house played over a proper soundsystem and suddenly he got it. He now has is own Saturday night residency. I think for clubbers there is a much broader menu of music available, and a lot more specialist nights, but everybody still likes a party. I think clubbers now are possibly more open minded these days having been exposed to more influences.

Co-Op’s First Brithday with Harri takes place on Saturday 5 June 2010 at TBA. Visit https://www.residentadvisor.net to purchase your tickets.