Dave Harrington (musician)

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Dave Harrington
Born (1985-12-31) 31 December 1985 (age 34)[1]
Genreselectronica, experimental, downtempo, jazz, ambient
Years active2009–present
LabelsOther People, Matador
Associated actsDarkside, El Topo

For the classical violinist David Harrington, see Kronos Quartet

Dave Harrington is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and one half of the electronic music duo Darkside, along with Nicolas Jaar.[2] Harrington attended Brown University, where he studied modern culture and media.[3] He played in numerous Brooklyn indie-rock bands including ARMS, Thunder And Lightning, and Translations (which featured Andrew Fox of Visuals).[4] Harrington also scored the 2010 documentary about Pablo Escobar that aired on the BBC.[5]


Early Projects[edit]

Before meeting Jaar, Harrington played in two psychedelic bands, El Topo and Bladerunner Trio, a break-off band of El Topo.[6] Jaar and Harrington first met while they were both students at Brown University. Harrington was recommended to Jaar by frequent collaborator Will Epstein when he was looking for a third musician for his live band, with the three subsequently touring together to support Jaar's 2011 album Space Is Only Noise. Darkside first formed during a Berlin stop on this tour. Jaar and Harrington were writing in their hotel room together when their converter plug popped, filling their room with smoke and forcing them to finish the song in the hallway on a laptop. Upon returning to New York, they continued to write together, developing their sound in their Brooklyn studio.[7] They released their first collaboration, the self-titled Darkside EP, on 2011 via Jaar's own Clown & Sunset imprint.[7]

Harrington, along with Jaar, released their second Darkside collaboration Random Access Memories Memories on June 21, 2013. The project, which was uploaded to their SoundCloud account under the pseudonym DaftSide, is a remix of Daft Punk's 2013 album Random Access Memories in its entirety.


In a July 28, 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Harrington mentions that he “grew up in a house where jazz was the musical language.” Harrington started out as a jazz bassist, taking lessons at the Harlem School of the Arts from Kelvin Bell of Eighties downtown favorites Defunkt and former Ornette Coleman and Marc Ribot sideman Brad Jones. Harrington notes that his guitar playing is inspired by jazz musicians such as Bill Frisell, David Torn, John Zorn, and Jerry Garcia,[8] as well as bands such as King Crimson.[9]


Darkside's debut album Psychic was released on October 4, 2013. The album was recorded over the course of two years between Jaar's home in New York City, Harrington's family barn in Upstate New York, and a space in Paris where they would stay between tours. The album received critical praise amongst publications and made it on Pitchfork's 2014 “The Top 100 Albums of the Decade” list.[10]

Before This There Was One Heart But a Thousand Thoughts[edit]

On May 12, 2014, Harrington released his first solo EP titled Before This There Was One Heart But a Thousand Thoughts via Nicolas Jaar's Other People imprint. The Village Voice noted that the EP is “concrete and cinematic, reminiscent of the work of Phillip Glass and the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as more familiar Darkside touchstones like progressive rock and drone.”

Become Alive[edit]

Harrington released Become Alive under the Dave Harrington Group name in April 2016.[11] The record, produced by Dave Harrington, Andrew Fox, Samer Ghadry, and Nicolas Jaar, features a number of instrumental compositions for ensembles from two to eleven musicians, and covers a variety of genres.[12]


In September 2013, Harrington remixed Nicolas Jaar's “Why Didn’t You Save Me” off his 2011 Don’t Break My Love EP.[13] Also in 2013, Dave remixed Tame Impala's hugely successful “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” as a “Paradise Edit.” [14]

Alongside Nicolas Jaar, Harrington remixed Daft Punk's Random Access Memories under the pseudonym Daftside and released it on June 21, 2013 as Random Access Memories Memories on Darkside's SoundCloud

At the start of 2014, Harrington collaborated with Nicolas Jaar on a “Modcast” mixtape for Modular Recordings.[15]

In May 2014, Dave remixed Small Black's Frankie Rose assisted “Lines of Latitude” single. Other notable remixes by Harrington include Bear in Heaven's “World of Feakout,” ILLUMNTR's “RM Butterfly,” and his remix of St. Vincent's “Digital Witness” as Darkside.



  • Psychic - Darkside (2013)
  • Become Alive - Dave Harrington Group (2016)
  • Pure Imagination, No Country - Dave Harrington Group (2019)
  • The Oldest Sons of the Oldest Sons - Lights Fluorescent (2019)


  • Darkside - Darkside (2011)
  • Before This There Was One Heart But a Thousand Thoughts - Dave Harrington (2014)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Dave Harrington: The Insider’s Outsider relix.com. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  2. ^ Pearce, Sheldon. "Dave Harrington – Before This There Was One Heart But a Thousand Thoughts". consequenceofsound.net/. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  3. ^ Dax, Max. "Daniel Pinchbeck talks to Darkside's Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington". www.electronicbeats.net. Electronic Beats. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  4. ^ Amaya, Jessica. "ARMS adds a show, shares members with ILLUMNTR". www.brooklynvegan.com. Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Pablo's Hippos". www.imdb.com. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  6. ^ Bromwich, Jonah. "Dave Harrington Travels From the Darkside and Into Your Heart". blogs.villagevoice.com. Village Voice. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  7. ^ a b Bulut, Selim. "Darkside interview". www.dummymag.com. Dummy. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Dave Harrington: From Darkside to "Dark Star"". www.jambands.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  9. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo. "Dave Harrington Turns Jazz Know-How Into Space-Rock Techno". www.rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  10. ^ Staff Lists. "The Top 100 Albums of 2010-2014". pitchfork.com. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Dave Harrington Group: Become Alive Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  12. ^ "Album Review: Dave Harrington Group – Become Alive". Consequence of Sound. 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  13. ^ Pelly, Jenn. "Listen: Nicolas Jaar: "Why Didn't You Save Me" Remix By Darkside's Dave Harrington". pitchfork.com. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  14. ^ Bowe, Miles. "Tame Impala – "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Dave Harrington Paradise Edit)"". www.stereogum.com. SpinMedia. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Modcast #173: Darkside". www.modularpeople.com. Modular Records. Archived from the original on 15 September 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.