David Harrow could easily play on musical heritage if he wanted, but that's not his style. The man has played with enough true legends of overground and underground music for several lifetimes, and could dine out for years on the hair-raising stories of far out and extreme musical scenes he's been involved with. But what links all his musical adventures so far is a constant quest for new and stimulating sounds, and that applies as strongly now as when he first launched into the post-punk climate at the end of the 1970s.
So through synth-soaked new wave and Neue Deutsche Welle, through playing with disco legends like Sylvester on the San Francisco scene, through going deep into dub and experimental electronics as part of the On-U Sound house band, through the dirty rave haunts of London with Andrew Weatherall, through huge international tours with The Orb, through a huge pop smash with Billie Ray Martin, through his live drum'n'bass extravaganzas, through the trance world, on through the Californian dubstep and weird-beat scenes to the esoteric ambient soundscapes and percussion sketches he releases today, Harrow is always, as a wise man once said “on to the next one”. And that hunger for the next sound, the next new idea, is what keeps his music as dazzlingly exciting as it has ever been.