We’ve been admirers of Harry McCanna for a good few years now. The London-based selector has been playing regularly across the capital for the best part of a decade, building a dedicated local fan base through his love of stripped-back house, techno and IDM. Back in 2012 he became one of the residents at Undersound, the low-key party known for its heady bookings and loyal following of vinyl enthusiasts. He’s also one of the co-founders of the local party and imprint NorthSouth, which acts as the main home for his slinky minimal productions under the alias Henry Hyde. This weekend he makes his first Saturday night appearance in Farringdon alongside Barac & Andrey Pushkarev, and ahead of joining us, he sent over a mix loaded with the kind of snappy, hard-to-find oddities he has a penchant for.
I wouldn't say there's too much of a theme. I’ve been buying a few records with a new mix in mind since the start of the year, there's a handful of bits I'm playing out at the moment and a couple in there that I've had for a while that fit nicely.
Where did you source the records from?
All over actually. About half are Discogs buys, and there's a couple from sellers in London, the rest I've bought on my travels recently. Many of the tracks featured in this mix were picked up in Rome, Berlin and Melbourne.
Do you end up spending a lot of time using sites like Discogs for digging?
I do spend time on Discogs – it’s a very handy tool even just for keeping track of your own collection and the records you want. However you can't really beat walking into a room full of records, and I often find that I get the best surprises looking for music in a physical space.
You’ve been playing frequently in the capital for a number of years now. What do you make of the state of the scene at the moment?
I’ve always loved London and the scene we have here, it's definitely been a big influence on me and the way I play. I really love what we have going on right now, there's such a wealth of London-grown parties and labels, not just from London locals. I feel like a lot of people come here to set something up because they see how open-minded and responsive London is.
This is your first Saturday night appearance with us. Can you talk about your connection to the club?
fabric will always hold a very special place in my heart. It was my first real clubbing experience. Before that I had only experienced live electronic music at the one bar we had in my hometown that never accepted anything different from the norm, or at the couple of festivals I had been to at that age. fabric has become my most visited club over the years, but I still get the same excitement now as I did on my first visit well over 10 years ago. My first experience at fabric as a DJ was with WYS!, for whom I’ve played a few times. The first gig with them will always be a memorable one, as my mum came. Let’s see if she’s around on Saturday.
NorthSouth seems to have picked up a nice pace since you launched. What plans do you have coming up in the near future?
Just continuing to release music from our friends, and running our showcases at The Lion & Lamb. Next month we have our second birthday, so we’re planning a pretty big party for that. Also we’ll be going to play at We Are FSTVL, Gottwood and The Hills festivals across the summer, which we’re very excited about.