Behind the Boards is a collection the place we highlight a number of the largest producers within the trade and dig into a few of their favourite initiatives. Right here, we sit down with HARV to debate his work with Justin Bieber, Joe Jonas and Khalid, and extra.
Like many within the songwriting and manufacturing fields, Bernard “Harv” Harvey started his profession as a touring musician. Identified for his prowess on the bass guitar, the Kansas Metropolis native noticed his profession blossom in 2009 when he earned a spot enjoying bass for a 15 year-old Justin Bieber. Quick-forward 13 years, and HARV has develop into a big producer and songwriter in his personal proper, and together with fellow songwriter Jason Boyd (A.Okay.A. Poo Bear), he’s been a go-to collaborator for Bieber and the largest stars in music.
It’s been an extended journey for HARV, and when he connects with Consequence over Zoom, he’s seated within the yard of his Los Angeles dwelling taking within the sunshine. The previous few years have been significantly hectic for him, particularly with work on Bieber’s pandemic-helmed album Justice giving strategy to quite a few different collaborations, together with a big quantity of labor on Normani‘s upcoming debut LP. Now, HARV is gearing up for his largest assertion but: a solo challenge. “I’m gearing as much as launch a single on the prime of subsequent 12 months, and I’m tremendous enthusiastic about it,” HARV tells Consequence. “Truthfully, it’s going actual nice!”
He’s undoubtedly in excessive spirits for our dialog, and contemplating the quantity of excessive profile singles he’s labored on up to now couple years, he received’t be shedding inventive momentum any time quickly. Not solely is he within the technique of helming his solo challenge and Normani’s debut, he’s onerous at work on Justin Bieber’s subsequent LP. “I feel it’s gonna be superb. It’s gonna be insane,” he teases.
Although HARV is definitely comfy being the go-to collaborator for these artists, he has additionally labored with a laundry checklist of different collaborators and producers, together with Skrillex and Ryan Tedder. He calls Skrillex “one of the vital gifted creators I’ve collaborated with… I feel all people is aware of him because the EDM DJ and in that area. However no, he’s the person in terms of really simply sitting down and producing and writing songs.” And about Ryan Tedder — with whom he wrote and produced Joe Jonas and Khalid’s new music “Not Alone” for the movie Devotion — HARV says, “If you’re working with Ryan Tedder, you by no means know what the day is gonna include… you by no means know what you’re gonna be getting your self into.”
As for HARV himself, his course of is straightforward. “I wish to name myself a ‘100%-er’,” he tells me. “After I’m creating, the songwriting, the manufacturing… all of it form of runs collectively for me.”
Learn under for a deep dive into 5 standout productions from HARV, together with Justin Bieber, Giveon, and Daniel Caesar’s “Peaches,” Normani’s “Honest,” and extra.