I’m willing to bet that HarleyLikesMusic is like no other musician you will have heard before. An electronic music producer based in Sheffield, Harley is currently gaining rapid recognition for the things he can do with a Nintendo DS. Using a piece of software called Korg DS-10+, Harley is able to create astonishing sounds, manipulating the software to produce a unique type of electro that sits somewhere between chiptune and drum and bass.
Harley started making music by playing around with Ableton, but switched to DS permanently after a couple of successful live shows. Since then he’s played all kinds of gigs, from house parties and raves, to shows in pubs and clubs with other bands and acoustic acts.
I’m not going to pretend I understand the immense technicalities of what Harley does; an attempt at an explanation by me would only be an embarrassment for all involved. Instead I’ll point you towards an interview with Harley in Toast magazine, where he discusses the emergence of an online DS-10 community, and the HarleyLikesMusic Facebook page, which includes a more in-depth account of the technical stuff from someone who actually knows what they are talking about. That being said, I do recognise a good gig when I see one, and having seen Harley perform live a couple of months back, I do feel qualified to say that what he does is ABSOLUTELY BLOODY INCREDIBLE. And I’ve used capital letters there, so you know I mean it.
To listen to more of what Harley does, and to keep your eye out for live shows, visit his website. You can also check him out on Youtube, where you can also watch his DS screen as he works, and you can follow him on Twitter @HarleyLikeMusic. Otherwise, check him out on Soundcloud for loads more awesome tracks.