Michael John Harvey, 29 September 1958, Rochester, Victoria, Australia. A noted songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Harvey is best known for his work with fellow Australian Nick Cave. The son of a vicar, Harveys first musical experience came alongside his two brothers in the church choir. His interest in music spread further than the church, eventually leading him to make friends at school with Cave, with whom he formed the Boys Next Door. The band, which borrowed greatly from the thriving punk scene, moved to London in the early 80s, changing their name to the Birthday Party and embracing the burgeoning new wave sound. When the Birthday Party split up Harvey moved to Berlin, and formed several small bands, playing the guitar in some, and the drums in others. It was from the ashes of the aforementioned bands that Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds was formed in 1984. Harvey has remained a key creative foil for the mercurial Cave for over 20 years.