Is that his real name? Is he from Europe? People sometimes get a little confused about Harrison Crump, so lets set the record straight.

Yes, it is his real name and no, he’s not from Europe, he’s Chicago born and bred and still lives there. Harrison is that rarest commodity in dance music - a producer, remixer, singer and songwriter who can perform all four disciplines with style. His songwriting abilities have led to a close musical relationship with long-time Chicago friend Felix da Housecat, working on both Felix’s Maddcat Courtship project and his latest album Kittens & Thee Glitz.

Although he‘s actually been producing since the early nineties, with a long list of productions to his credit on labels like Hubba Hubba, Groove On, Power Music, Radikal Fear, Nepenta and Special Needs, it’s only in the last couple of years that all his work has finally started to pay off with the higher profile releases on Subliminal, Get Boogie, Feelings, Adore and Stomp Your Feet. Another cut The Talk, originally released on a limited quantity sampler pack by Deluxe Audio in 2001, was included by Fatboy Slim on his first Big Beach compilation, and was recently re-released on Phats & Small’s new label Mutant Disc with new mixes from P&S themselves.

Crump’s first production for up and coming UK label essence was Runaway, a track that combines Harrison’s knack of writing incredible hooks with his growing ability for blending his own style from the musical elements of old school house and garage and the newer, tougher flavours of tech house. His second, Searchin’, features Chicago neighbour Dajae on vocals. A classy song that competes with the best of them, the mixes by German production outfit CR Project have brought plaudits from such luminaries as Brian Tappert, Miguel Migs, DJ Disciple and DJ Pierre.

Currently Harrison is at work on an album for Subliminal Records, and has been invited to submit several track to Puff Daddy for his forthcoming dance project. His new label Bird Ice Records is set to be launched via essence records this summer.