Before moving to Leicester from London a few years ago, Harvey Shergill from Ealing didn’t know much about the city’s music scene.
Having lived in the capital and spending many nights out with friends, he said Leicester seemed like somewhat of a ‘downgrade’.
But after moving, Harvey, who had been interested in music since the age of 12, hoped to get an idea of the nightlife with a dream of one one day opening a venue of his own.
And during his research, he came across Leicester’s electronic dance music scene. Now the 24-year-old wants to revive it during the pandemic.
“I wasn’t interested in dance music at all but when I came here, I got really into it.
“With the Leicester being smaller, I was found it was easier to get to know people in that community,” he said.
Harvey played a multitude of instruments growing up and studied music at GSCE and A-levels but his love for music continued as a hobby as he ventured into other things and went to university.
But when he came to Leicester in 2017, his introduction to dance music scene led him to DJ-ing.
“I started to realise that were very few places to express that music and creativity – it was kind of limited to clubs or online,” he said.
With his goal still set in his mind, ahead of the lockdown, Harvey began working with his housemate towards opening a new and ‘unique’ music venue for lovers of electronic dance music – all while working a full-time job at Natwest.
The pandemic put a halt on Harvey’s vision so instead, the 24-year-old wanted to find an alternative way to reach people. That is when Lowertone radio was born.
“Because of everything going on this year, we needed to find a way of doing it and with everyone at home, more people are listening to the radio,” he said.
Back in the nineties, Leicester was home to numerous pirate radio stations which were dedicated to the underground music scene in the city. They played the music that people would not hear on mainstream channels – particularly drum and bass artists.
Today the most prominent, community radio station is Radio2Funky, dedicated to Leicester’s Black music and arts scene.
“Apart from Radio2Funky there’s not much out there. I want to do something that represents Leicester culturally,” he said.
Now, in an attempt to revive the creative, dance music scene during the pandemic, Harvey is launching Lowertone online radio this December.
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Throughout the national lockdown, Lowertone has hosted a number of live-streamed shows on social media platforms, showcasing new talent.
“There’s been a lot of excitement around it so far.
“For people who have found this year tough and maybe feel like every day is Groundhog Day, this is bringing something positive to them,” Harvey said.