Interview: GW Harrison

Releasing music on labels like ABODE, Sola and Kaluki, and playing to crowds at Ministry Of Sound, Amnesia and Tobacco Dock have made GW Harrison one of the UK’s top prospects.

Returning to genre-leading imprint Toolroom, the Essex native puts his ‘Okay’ original on the labels new compilations, alongside tunes from Gene Farris, Martin Ikin, Friend Within, Kinnerman and Mark Knight.

We got a chance to speak to him about the new track, what advice he has for new DJs and what he hopes to achieve in 2020, among others things. Get the full discussion below.

Let’s start with your new ‘Okay’ original on Toolroom, tell us about the track?

I’ve been working on this track for a while, and to have the Toolroom team by my side is such a blessing and gives me the motivation to make the music I love and be proud of.

Can you sum it up in one word?


The release also includes tracks from Mark Knight and Gene Farris, do you feel any pressure sharing the stage with veterans?

Of course, the pressure is on! But more than anything, it’s an honour to be featured alongside Mark Knight and Gene Farris. They’re amazing at what they do and it’s a great inspiration for me to push myself as an artist! The main thing is I want to make whoever is enjoying my music to feel my energy and be ready for what’s next to come.

Besides your own inclusion, do you have a favourite track from the album?

Siwell -Paragon. This will be apart of my sets for a good while for sure!

You’ve also released on Sola, ABODE and Kaluki, will you be adding any labels to the list in 2020?

Wow, I have a lot of releases coming behind the scenes, a lot of music I’m working on now and exciting collabs in the pipeline, there’s nothing I can announce right now but watch this space.

And do you have any main goals for this year?

I have already reached so many goals in the past few years that I used to dream about. My main goal is to reach a bigger audience internationally, and play and meet more amazing people who share my love for music! But don’t worry, I will always keep myself grounded and feel blessed everyday of how far I have come. I can’t thank my supporters enough for sticking by me and dancing with me along this journey.

There’s no doubt that you’re one of the UK’s top emerging DJs, can you give advice to anyone that’s just bought their first set of decks?

I get this question a lot on social media, events and even from friends. The main things I would say is GO GET IT! You need to push yourself and put yourself out there, whether that means practice, networking and even putting on your own events however big or small they may be. Surround yourself with people who believe in you but the most important thing is to believe in yourself and never give up!

Thanks a lot for taking some time to chat, before we go, what’s your favourite track of 2020 so far?

It’s got to be my very good friends Leftwing & Kody’s I Feel It. I can’t help but feel good every time I hear this.

GW Harrison’s Okay is out now on Toolroom.