Harley Cassidy

Birmingham

Wednesday 11th July 2018

Name
Harley Cassidy

Where are you from?
Birmingham

What do you do?
I’m an A&R assistant at a record label and I also write for music magazines, DJ and sometimes put on gigs. Basically, I get bored very easily.

Describe your style in three words:
Whatever is clean.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
I temporarily indulge in a lot of them, to be honest. The whole notion of a subculture is very appealing to me, especially the fact that they’re created from a mixture of accident and design. I’ve always found subcultures based in New York to be deeply interesting - just like every other music fan on the planet, I guess. The sheer wealth of radical artists that came from the CBGB scene in particular has always fascinated me. So much glamour yet so much debauchery.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Any promoter, writer, venue owner, photographer, A&R, radio plugger etc who earns little to no money and is in music purely for the love of it and to support musicians. Those people are rare and should be applauded.

What has been your all-time favourite gig?
I know he spouts a lot of nonsense these days, but when I saw Morrissey a few years ago, it had quite a large impact on me. I never get choked up at gigs but watching him perform ‘The Queen Is Dead’ with just as much anger and vigour as he probably had in 1986 was stirring. Failing that, Nick Cave was also amazing. He brought Kylie Minogue out for ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’ - what a moment.

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