A pillar of the house scene for the last 20 years, David Harness is one of the biggest players both in his homestead of San Francisco and globally. Being an army brat afforded him exposure to a wide array of musical tastes, which all play a part in his sets and his remixes. His influences center around the inventors of funk like Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones and Harold Melvin. Beginning his career in Monterey, California, it wasn’t long before he was playing the most popular clubs in San Francisco’s house scene, including residencies at Tilt and the Sound Factory.
After establishing himself, he opened his own club Lift at Club Dv8 in San Francisco. His increased notoriety led to a job on the show Your Mama’s House on the San Francisco Bay Area’s 106KMEL FM, the only house radio station in all of northern California. He made some keynote club appearances during this era, which landed him on the decks alongside the likes of Frankie Knuckles, Tony Humphries, Little Louie Vega, Dave Morales and Danny Tenaglia. Shortly thereafter he tried his hand at production which, like everything else this man touches, resulted in great success. He soon found himself working on and remixing tracks by the likes of Mary J. Blige, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, India Arie, *NSYNC, and more.
His own singles and remixes, often credited David Harness Project and mostly released through Loveslap! Recordings, are undergound house and disco treasures. Standouts include his 2004 single “In The Village”, his track “Say Yes” released on a split with Karizma, and the Taboo Jazz EP made with longtime collaborator Charles Spencer.
This Saturday, Harness will be joining us for with the Vibal party with his longtime collaborator and friend Tedd Patterson, who brings his own adventurous take on house to the decks. Catching this dynamic duo in action is essential for true heads.