Let’s turn up the volume for the latest dance-pop anthem coming out of New York City, “Medicine” by the one and only HARBER, featuring the vocals of Sydtherockerkid. This release hits all the pleasure centers all in one go. It’s crammed with addictive piano house vibes, heart-touching vocals, and those melodies that just make you wanna dance.
HARBER continues to rise and lock in more accomplishments. The guy shared the stage with big names like Tiësto and Steve Aoki, and has over 20 million streams to his name. Plus, he’s had the chance to work on official remixes for Afrojack, David Guetta, and NERVO under his belt.
From millions of streams to collaborating with talents like Disco Fries and Morgan Page, the man is in demand. He’s got a musical arsenal that includes previous releases like “Summer You”, “More Than You” and “Pieces”. EDM.com, Dancing Astronaut, and Your EDM are just a few of the names who have given him support, alongside press titans like Forbes and People Magazine.
“Medicine” is everything we love about HARBER wrapped up into one release. This the perfect summer jam and that will certainly be making rotations within DJ sets. Debuting on Lowly, listen to “Medicine,” below.
Give us some HARBER background. How did you come up with the name HARBER? When did you first start DJing? Producing?
HARBER: I had a DJ name before HARBER but no one needs to know what that was. HARBER is a combination of my first and last name (Harry Berman). I started DJing the summer I graduated high school and then I started producing my first semester of college.
Do you recall some of your earliest gigs? How do those shows compare to the ones you’re playing now that you have a bunch of big releases under your belt?
HARBER: When I first started playing shows I would play in a basically empty room and if there were people in there it was usually just members of my family! It’s been crazy to see the progression of my shows. It’s a really special feeling going from playing empty rooms to selling out shows (most of the time).
Your new song “Medicine” ft. Sydtherockerkid is dropping on June 30 through Lowly just in time for summer. It sounds like a summer anthem, so did you purposely choose to release this one when you did because of its vibe? How long did it take for you to finish this song from start-to-finish?
HARBER: I worked on “Medicine” for about a year to get it to what you hear now. I’m a perfectionist, so I went through a ton of versions. Once it was done though, it always seemed like the ideal situation to put it out in the summertime. It definitely has that vibe, so I’m glad it’s coming out just in time.
HARBER: There’s such a big difference between the time it takes me to finish originals vs remixes. I can probably finish a remix anywhere from a couple hours to a week at most. I think it’s because I try to remix songs that I can hear what I want to do with it immediately upon first listen. My originals are a different beast. I spend months on months on my original music just nitpicking and perfecting every little detail. It’s a long process but I enjoy every second of it!
Have you had a chance to play “Medicine” out in any of your recent live sets? If so, where, and what was the crowd reaction like?
HARBER: I’ve played it once so far. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking playing an original out for the first time, but the reaction was even better than I could have imagined!
Which songwriters or producers would you love to get into the studio with to work on music?
HARBER: I think my top two picks here would have to be Ryan Tedder and Max Martin. Those guys just make timeless records.
You’ve had a ton of big features & collabs (Michael Calfan, GRAMMY-nominated artists Morgan Page & Luxtides, Disco Fries, Lexy Panterra, NISHA, Angel Taylor, Robbie Rosen, and many more. Who would you say are some artists you aspire to work with over the next few years?
HARBER: It’s been a blast getting to collaborate with such a wide range of talented people. Over the next year, I’d definitely like to have some more collaborations with other DJs. I think Frank Walker and I could make something really fun. As far as a big dream collab, If anyone has a direct line to Calvn Harris that would be greatly appreciated!
What would you consider to be among your top 5 bucket list items?
HARBER: I’m gonna go big here. Top 5 bucket list items would have to be: 1) a number 1 record, 2) main stage at Ultra Miami, 3) a headline tour, 4) a sold out show at MSG, and 5) a GRAMMY nomination. I could go on and on about things I’d like to accomplish, but I think those are big enough for now! Let’s see what I can do.
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