Following hot on the heels of the big Beatport bothering ‘Dance In Tongues’ EP on Noir Music, Dave Seaman is back with yet another dancefloor destroyer, this time for Hive Audio. The Swiss label snapped up this melodic tech house masterpiece and enlisted Deep House don, Dario D’Attis on remix duties to make a double headed release you simply cannot afford to miss. Early love and support from Alex Niggemann, DJ T, Gorge, Groove Armada, Hot Since 82, Matthias Tanzmann, Pirupa, Sasha and Waifs & Strays. Listen here..
Following on from Selador Recordings debut at the legendary Watergate Club in Berlin, we deliver an EP from one of the DJs who appeared on the bill that night, the burgeoning talent that is Justin Massei.
Justin has already appeared twice on the label with contributions on both of our Showcase Compilations but now here he is in all his fully fledged glory with an EP that truly puts his flag in the sand.
Originally hailing from the US but now residing in Berlin, Mr Massei makes a strong statement of intent with a couple of raw tech house missives built specifically for those hallowed Berlin dance floors.
The lead track is an intense affair, all brooding beats and fervent swagger. Deep, dark and dirty. As is the other original production on offer, ‘The Creator’. Again, it’s all about the bottom end. Pure, undiluted dark energy.
Remixes this time around come from label boss Dave Seaman who turns in a large slab of peak time Techno. The driving bass and rattling percussion power this interpretation, punctuated by some wonky arp work that surges and cascades through the breakdowns. Big room business.
And completing the package, a producer who has lit up 2015 so far with an impressive glut of releases for the likes of Noir, Suara, Material and Go Deeva… Third Son. The Welsh wizard retains all the original’s authentic passion but adds a pulsating bassline to proceedings to provide a fuller production. Formidable stuff.
A dispatch from the darkside then. Prepare to be corrupted.
Selador Recordings – Intergalactic! x
Dave welcome back to DMCWORLD, where in the world are you right now?
I’m in Mexico City. I played last night at Rioma which was fantastic. A proper underground dark room of a club. Low ceiling. Great sound system. Perfect.
The first piece of music you heard this morning…?
I started my day with an album by Romare called Projections. A lovely warm chilled downtempo thang that my mate Austin recommended. Perfect Sunday morning material.
Well young man, where do we start with this amazing EP on Noir Records? A very cool two tracker marking your debut on this brilliant label – The Buzz Chart is all over ‘Strobelight Symphony’…please talk us through the history, the sound and the label hook up…
Noir’s been one of my favourite labels for some time so very happy to be releasing tracks through them. It was actually a different track altogether called ‘Gumball’ that initiated things and caught the label’s interest but when they asked if I had any other music to make up and EP, I sent them Dance In Tongues and Strobelight Symphony and they decided they preferred those two instead which worked out really well as another of my favourite labels, Hive Audio really liked Gumball so they’re now going to release that at the end of May.
The label described it as a release that would appeal to “tech house and techno heads alike”, Guy Garrett at Buzz Chart HQ said “it’s deep, dramatic and pumping at every level and layer” whilst Hot Since 82, Catz n Dogz and Eats Everything are just three of the artists all over the release. You must be happy at the reception it’s received…?
Very much so. It’s always good to hear that DJs that you admire and respect are liking and playing your music. It gives you a sense of validation and approval that I think all artists crave. But I think the best thing for me with this release is that it’s helped people realise that I make and play lots of different kinds of electronic house music from deep to tech to techno and all shades in between and not just progressive house which was a brush I was tarred with for a long time.
I have known you for over 25 years and have celebrated your birthday in so many amazing places. New York, Ibiza, Sao Paulo, Paris…dude I was mightily dismayed when I saw your Facebook post saying… “today I am celebrating my birthday by cleaning the house.” What gives there sunshine…?
Haha. Yes, wasn’t the most glamorous of birthdays this year. I did fly to the US the following day though so had time to catch up on celebrations in San Fran, Chicago and LA at the weekend. Is that any better?
The 5 big tunes in your box this weekend. Please give us a few words describing each track…
Lee Van Dowski ‘Ulysses Is Back’ EP [Mobilee]?
Absolutely huge 3 tracker out of Berlin with every track 11+ minutes long. Prog house is back!
Justin Massei ‘Nothing Can Hide’ (Dave Seaman remix) [Selador]
My latest remix on my own label. Peak time Techno business
Adam Beyer EP [Drumcode]
A superb 4 track EP from Adam with every track a winner in it’s own right. I’d played them all over the last few weeks.
Dee Montero ‘Full Body’ [Saved]
A House/ Techno hybrid from Mambo resident Dee with a familiar vocal sample twisted to new dimensions.
Sasha ‘Ether’ [Last Night On Earth]
Like so many of his productions, you really don’t appreciate how large it is until you drop it at the right time on a big system and it takes the roof off.
Some recent gigs I wanna touch on. Loads of clubs come and go, every year some old promoter who cannot let go re-starts their old night from the 90s…we’ve seen it all before. The Rhumba Club is one of those nights that no one gives a f**k how long it’s been around, what the future is…it’s simply one of the best club nights still around. Why is Zammo’s night still so much fun?
As anyone who’s ever been to the Rhumba will tell you, its one of the most up-for-it crowd’s that’s ever partied in the name of Acid House and also, I think they’ve been very good at keeping their original crowd whilst still moving forward musically and not falling into the retro nostalgia game. Their recent Festival Of House events have been massive booking everyone from Foals, Friendly Fires and Hot Chip DJing through James Zabiela, Derrick Carter, Slam, Marshall Jefferson and Leftfield. But it’s really testament to Zammo, Keith and Wayne and all the Rhumbateers that they’ve never lost sight of the original spirit of Acid House.
The first time you took me clubbing in your home town of Leeds back in the days of Acid House was to The Warehouse. What a history that gaff has had, you returned there last month for a gig. How was it and what are some of the memories this venue brings back for you?
Yes, its always a pleasure to be back at The Warehouse. Like you say, it’s got one helluva history and was really the first proper nightclub where I first went in my teens to hear underground dance music. I was instantly hooked of course and have never looked back since. Actually, there’s very few venues anywhere in the World that have survived as long as this place and continue to host fantastic nights. I don’t think they fully get the recognition they deserve.
A tune you will always associate with The Warehouse?
Maceo & The Macks ‘Across The Tracks’. From my very earliest days going there before House Music had really even arrived. At the height of Rare Groove this was the ultimate anthem and I remember distinctly dancing to it till I dropped on the old stage at the Warehouse (where the DJ booth is now) one Saturday around 1986. Magical memories.
Your Radio Therapy show is now syndicated to over 80 stations worldwide. Where is the most far flung place someone has contacted you to tell you they are tuning in?
The Maldives was quite exotic. Not sure how good their internet connection was though. I think there might have been some buffering going on! Everywhere I go I get lovely feedback on the show though. I’m really pleased at how it’s taken off and how many people tell me it’s the highlight of their musical month. It’s become a real flagship for me and I’m enjoying doing it more than ever.
Pikes in Ibiza was loads of fun last year with your label throwing some great parties. You returning to the white isle this summer?
I’ll be there for IMS and the opening weekends in a couple of weeks although I’m going to have the family in tow with me so I suspect there’ll be more beaches and swimming pools that late nights out clubbing. I hoping to make it to the Dalt Villa event though up in the old town and I’m sure I’ll make an appearance or two at Mambos. It’s usually my first point of call to catch up on all the latest Island gossip.
3 bucket list adventures you wanna do in your lifetime?
Well I’d like to see Leeds United back in the Premier League. That’d be an adventure and something that’s definitely on my bucket list but unfortunately, it’s kinda out of my hands that one. But two other ambitions I’ve got left are to do my own artist album and eventually write a book. A memoir of such. I will get round to both eventually but they’re such big projects, that fitting them into a non stop touring schedule and family life is easier said than done. I’m sure I’ll know when the time is right.
A festival you are looking forward to this summer…
Oh, without doubt, Glastonbury. I missed it last year having been to the previous 6 on the trot and was having withdrawal symptoms while it was on. It truly is the mother of all Festivals for me. I’ll be playing after hours on at The Glade Lounge on the Friday and then staying for the whole weekend to soak it all up. I think I’m also going to be popping my Bestival cherry this year too though so very much looking forward to that as well.
The last GREAT new album you heard…
To be honest. I’m a little bit behind with my album listening at the moment. I’ve only been able to flick through my recent purchases but I’d say Blur, Django Django & Alabama Shakes have been the ones that caught my ear.
It’s just been the General Election in the UK…woooh you got some flack on Facebook with the whole Banksy/UKIP photo. All part and parcel of being in the public eye yup?
Yeah, it seems that I’m not allowed to express any other views on social media apart from stuff that’s musically related. Stick to your field and STFU about everything else. One dimensional little me. Funny, because everybody else seems to be able to express their views but no, not if you’re an artist. One guy was threatening to boycott my page if I posted anything political again. I wouldn’t mind if i was doing it all the time and getting on people’s nerves but I don’t. I won’t listen of course. If they can’t accept a different opinion from their own from time to time that’s their problem. I’ll post what I want when I want on my own page and they’re free to unlike me whenever they want. Am I bovvered?!
The last AMAZING film you saw?
Whiplash. Hard to believe that the relationship between a music teacher and student could be so thrilling. Birman was amazing too. Another film that was just brimming with energy. There’s been some other good films since the Oscars, Ex Machina and Kingsman spring to mind, but none that fall into the category of ‘AMAZING’. I’m really looking forward to Tomorrowland with George Clooney though. Got high hopes for that one. And Ted 2 of course
A really important date in the Selador label diary is May 20th at the mighty Watergate in Berlin. What have you got planned for us all? You must be so excited…
Yes, of course, it’s a big one. The club is so legendary and with Berlin being the epicentre of the clubbing world right now, it’s something of a coup for us to get a Showcase night so early in the label’s development. Myself and my label partner Steve Parry will both be DJing plus two of our German based artists, Piemont & Justin Massei. It’s undoubtedly gonna be one of the highlights of the year.
And finally dude, what is coming next from the Dave Seaman studio…
I’ve got a remix for Justin Massei coming on Selador on May 18th called ‘Nothing Can Hide’ which is big room Techno and that’s followed by the aforementioned ‘Gumball’ the week after on Hive Audio with a Dario D’Attis remix which is more Techy. I’ve also licensed a track to Suara called ‘Private Education’ which is more aloneg the same lines as Dance In Tongues, Deep Tech House, which is due in July I think. Plus I’m doing remixes for Habischman & Thomas Gandey, Marc Marzenit and Climbers in the next couple of months so yes, pretty busy
Listen again to my latest radio show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month exclusively on friskyradio.com and then syndicates to over 80 other stations worldwide. Nothing but the good stuff. Enjoy
Tracklist as follows..
1. Dave Seaman ‘Private Education’ [Suara]
2. Third Son ‘Gauze’ [Go Deeva]
3. Yousef ‘ The Courtship’ [B Pitch Control]
4. Guy Mantzur & Roy Rosenfeld ‘Epkia’ [Kompakt]
5. Dave Seaman ‘Strobelight Symphony’ [Noir]
6. Jaap Ligthart feat. Alice Rose ‘I Know Change’ (SHOW-B) [Selador]
7. Anna ‘Distractions’ [Tiles]
8. KiNK ‘Cloud Generator’ [Running Back]
9. Kolsch ‘Der Die Das’ [Kompakt]
10. Leftfield ‘Universal Everything’ [Infectious]
I’m delighted to have my debut release for the fantastic Noir label finally released this week to a wonderfully warm reception with the likes of Hot Since 82, Eats Everything, Olivier Giacamotto, Pirupa, Catz & Dogz, Claptone and of course, Noir himself all playing and supporting. Both tracks have been staples in my sets over the last few months. Hope you like ‘em
Hi Dave, I think the last time we talked was that frantic text conversation when I wrote the “What Is Prog?” article! How’s things?
Very good thank you. I’m in the middle of a very busy period of releases for both myself and my label Selador. It’s been a great 2015 so far and only looks like getting better from here on. I’m on a roll
So you’re headlining Hush Hush soon at Leeds Warehouse. Must be great to get to play to a home crowd, how often d’you get to do it these days?
I only get back to play in Leeds every 18 months or so and the last two times have been for Classics events, the Renaissance 20th anniversary and one of the excellent Shine parties so I’m really happy this time to be back playing a current set. There’s so much great new music around at the moment and I love The Warehouse. It’s where I first went clubbing when I was a teenager many moons ago and it’s still rocking to this day. A proper UK clubbing institution. It’s also Record Store day on the 18th so I’ll be getting up early to visit my old vinyl haunts, Crash and Jumbo to show some support. Shame Leeds United are not playing at home which would have pretty much made it the perfect day back home.
Any hints as to what you’ll play on the night?
Not yet. At the risk of sounding like a cliched footballer, I try to take one game at a time. I’m currently prepping for The Rhumba Club’s 24th Birthday in Perth, Scotland this Saturday with Slam & Graeme Park and once I’ve licked my wounds after that, I’ll start to think about Leeds.
Our own Ian Dillon has the auspicious task of taking over from you on the night – any words of advice for him?
Ha! Just tell him to come do his thing. No pressure. I promise not to drop the baton on the handover! And hopefully by that point he’ll be clear to take the glory down the home straight all the way to the finish line
Your new label Selador Recordings is going well. Can you tell us about what’s up coming?
We’ve got so much amazing music lined up, it’s crazy. The next release by Jaap Ligthart and Alice Rose is getting major support with Maceo Plex, Ame, Mano Le Tough, Solomon, Dixon and Sasha all supporting it. It’s shaping up to be our biggest release yet. Then we’ve got releases and remixes from Joal, Third Son, Nicolas Massayeff, Supernova, Marc De Pulse, Petar Dundov, Justin Massei, Robert Babicz, Gorge and Villanova all in the works and both myself and my co owner of the label Steve Parry will have our own releases soon too. It’s going to be a busy summer.
We’ve heard that Selador are doing a party at Watergate in Berlin soon. Tell us about that? Have you played in Berlin before? What’s your take on the scene over there?
Yes, we’re so excited about this one. Obviously Watergate is widely regarded to be one of the best clubs in the world so for us as a label it’s quite a coup to be able to do a label night there. Steve & I will be joined by Piemont and Justin Massei on the night for what will be my first time back in Berlin for over a decade. Obviously things have changed since the last time I was there when I did the Love Parade. It seems to be pretty much the World capital for Electronic Music these days. So many amazing artists, labels and clubs operate from there, I think there’s possibly only Ibiza that can claim to have a bigger influence right now and that’s only for 3 months of the year!
Selador isn’t your first label is it? Can you tell us about Stress and Audio Therapy – both very different beasts but focused on quality music?
Yes, Stress was a label of the nineties and Therapy very much of the noughties. They were both of their time but kind of ran their course as the label game shifted business models. I was kind of glad when Audio Therapy was laid to rest. It felt like a weight off my shoulders. But it wasn’t too long before I realised how much I missed running a label and so Selador was born. It really is a labour of love. It takes a lot of time, effort and dedication for virtually no financial benefits but I just love the process. It’s very rewarding in many other ways and wealth shouldn’t be measured solely in monetary terms.
Alongside you at Selador is the irrepressible Steve Parry. How did you guys meet?
We met way back in the late 80s at Fallows Nightclub in Liverpool when I was working for Mixmag and Steve was pestering the resident DJ for a warm up slot. He’s still as enthusiastic to this day. The quintessential trainspotter! haha Seriously though, I couldn’t ask for a better label partner. We both have other business and families to take care of so we try to work around each other’s time constraints and most importantly we share very similar but not identical tastes in music. I think we’ve only disagreed once on signing a particular track. Not bad for the first 25 releases.
Steve of course was a Cream resident. I wrote a article recently about the decline of the resident in clubland and the value they have to brand stability and growth. As a veteran of the scene, are there changes you’ve noticed which annoy you?
Yeah, the general way music has become so disposable. Easy come, easy go, onto the next thing. Nothing seems to carry any value anymore. Since the decline of physical formats, attachment to music isn’t the same as it once was. A computer file carries no emotional bond like vinyl did or even CDs to a degree. You can’t have a flick through someone’s hardrive like you could through their record collection. But I truly believe they’ll be swing back towards collecting physical music again. Where else is the to go once you can have any track ever made at your fingertips within a couple of seconds which is pretty much where we’ve got to. The digital road comes to a dead end when you literally can’t get any harder better faster stronger.
With Miami Music Conference just gone and IMS just around the corner, do you find these industry gatherings as useful as they once were?
They are still important but not so much as they once were. The world is much smaller now and much more connected via the magical medium of linked computers. But you still can’t quite beat the human experience of meeting someone face to face and having a meeting, lunch or night out together. More things get done in person than by email or Skype.
We hear that you have some exciting releases coming up with some very switched on labels, including Suara, Noir and Hive Audio. Can you give us some details?
Yes, the first of those is a two tracker (‘Dance In Tongues’ & ‘Strobelight Symphony’) on Noir due out at the end of April. Then I’ve got a track called ‘Private Education’ on Suara’s next big Kitties Wanna Dance compilation scheduled for mid May and finally a single on Hive Audio with a Dario D’Attis mix entitled ‘Gumball’ out on May 25th. There’ll be lots more coming after this flurry of activity too. Like I said before, I’m on a roll
If I may, can we skip back to the deep and distance past? I’d like to ask you about the legendary John Debo couch tour of 1992! You and Guy Ornadel were great friends and he had arranged a tour for John in the UK. John tells me that the trip changed the direction of everything he did from then on…
Ha! That is a long time ago. Yes, I think that visit to the UK made a big impression on young Mr Debo. He had the dubious honour of sleeping on my couch for a couple of weeks and he found himself in the eye of the storm. Things were very exciting in the UK back then. We were still relatively in the formulative years of acid house. Making the rules up as we went along. It changed a lot of people’s lives forever.
Difficult question I know, but do you have a favourite place to tour?
Not that difficult really..
3. South America
Many of your older tours were with Global Underground. Your sound back then was, shall we say, ‘trancier’ than now. As your tastes have changed do you find you still get fans who ask for music you don’t play anymore? How do you deal with them?
I do get asked to play tracks from back then but I don’t really carry any of that music with me anymore so I can’t play it if I ain’t got it And I’ve never really been one for nostalgia. I try to live in the present and look to the future. I do realise that for a lot of people they were magical times, they were for me too, but those tracks were of their time and sound very retro to me now. They were all so fast as well. Comically fast when I listen back to them now. It all went a bit Benny Hill in the tempo department for a while back there. I’d have to be playing everything at minus ten to fit with what I’m doing now.
Chatting with King Unique recently, he told me about the process he went through putting his Beyond Borders CD together. Now you’ve done over 20 compilations, so do you still find compiling a mix CD as painstaking as you first did, or have you found your stride now?
Ha! No, not really. Every one is different. Certain ones have been easy by comparison to others which have driven to the very edge of insanity. I don’t think anyone can truly appreciate the patience, perseverance and hard work that goes into one until you’ve been through the process. Anyone can put a set together. Especially these days. But not everyone can create a really good mix CD. Not if you’re doing it properly anyway
Social media has now become such a vital part of the DJs toolbox that some of the bigger names employ a team of marketeers to post for them to manage their brand. Is this something you would want to do, or do you feel the personal touch is more important for fan retention?
I do all my own social media. It’s time consuming and a pain in the arse at times but nobody can represent you better than yourself and although I try to keep up with everybody’s questions and comments as much as possible, I try not to let it take over my life. I used to be addicted. There was a time when I felt anxious if I hadn’t read all the posts on my timeline and Twitter feed. But now I just dip in and out whenever I have a little free time. It’s important but it’s not that important.
Having been in the game for over 25 years, do you now look towards an end point? Will you ever feel the time is right to hang up the headphones for good?
To be honest, I can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel just yet. It’s all still very dark and noisy. Just the way I like it
It’s hard to believe that it will be exactly two years ago since we launched our beloved label. It really has flown by in the blink of an eye. And so, to mark the occasion of 24 successful months in business, we bring you release number 24. You could call it OCD behaviour but we like to think of it as symmetry
Step forward Mr Jaap Ligthart, a Dutchman who has been on our radar for some time now with a number of fantastic edits and reworkings but is now making the natural transition into original productions. Together with Ms. Alice Rose, a vocalist who’s pass credits include guesting on tracks for the likes of Gabriel Ananda and Eagles & Butterflies, they’ve created something rather special. ‘I Know Change’ is a sensuous piece of work. Deep House in the very real sense of the phrase.
And that is something that our remixers on this project have truly understood. Both Him Self Her and Show-B have delivered exquisite interpretations that give the whole package an overriding sense of class and quality.
Him Self Her keep things deep and moody with a restrained, atmospheric, sophisticated piece of work picking up plaudits from Nicolas Massayeff and Danny Daze through to Joeski and Hernan Cattaneo, whilst Show-B heads into slightly tougher territory encapsulated by some distinctive rollercoaster percussion effects that have already seen Maceo Plex, Ame, Dixon, Solomon, Sasha, Mano Le Tough & Adratique showing their support. And if all that wasn’t enough, they both deliver vocal free dubs too!
So then, just to recap, it’s hotter than Megan Fox in Agent Provocateur and cooler than a Polar Bear’s toenails. What’s not to like?
The Selador Sect
My debut release for the New York label Sullivan Room Records from last year is back around again with four hot new remixes from Him Self Her, Zoo Brazil, Meandisco and The Brooklyn Times. If you missed it first time around, don’t make the same mistake again. Grab your copy here…
Listen again to the March edition of my Radio Therapy show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month exclusively on Friskyradio.com and then syndicates to over 80 more stations worldwide. One hour of the finest. Nothing but the good stuff. Enjoy!
Tracklist as follows…
1. Dave Seaman ‘Dance In Tongues’ [Noir]
2. Dave Seaman ‘Sparkle Motion’ [(Piemont) Tulipa]
3. Nick Warren & Guy Mantzur ‘Sad Robot’ [Bedrock]
4. Terranova ‘Tourette’ (David Mayer) [Kompakt]
5. Kevin Over ‘Retrovision’ [Noir]
6. Vermont ‘Ubersprung’ (Mano Le Tough) [Kompakt]
7. Cristoph ‘Nause’ [Noir]
8. Skream ‘Still Lemonade’ [Crosstown Rebels]
9. Dave Seaman ‘Sparkle Motion’ [Tulipa]
10. Sasha ‘Vapourspace’ [LNOE]
11. Stephan Hinz & Clint Stewart ‘Shimmer’ [Second State]
No sooner have you had to catch your breath from the delights of our Selador Showcase – Part 1 promo than we’re back with the accompanying Part 2. Yes, hot on the heels of last weeks objects of lust and desire, we bring you another bespoke capsule collection of electronic battle weapons especially designed for your delight and delectation.
This time around, leading from the front is label ambassador and all round top bloke, Robert Babicz who brings yet another slice of Babicz style goodness in the form of ‘Auralphase’. Layer upon layer of elegant melodies sitting atop a strong rhythmic backbone and just the right dose of acid, it’s business as usual from the big man, classy and emotive.
Andrea Arcangeli & Pakkio Sans bring us ‘We Oppose It’ next, a wonderful melodic gem that’s been heavily road tested by both Messrs Seaman & Parry over the last few months. The Italian duo are hot off the back of recent releases for the likes of Parquet and Smiley Fingers and this will only serve cement their burgeoning reputation. Get on board.
UK producer, Dom Kane follows with ‘Crisis Aborted’. Featuring cleverly programmed interwoven arp patterns astride a seductive groove, this has been an office favourite for sometime now and so we’re very happy to finally share it. A secret weapon if ever there was one.
New boy to the Selaldor family, Roland M Dill then brings some ‘Winter Splendor’ to proceedings in his own inimitable way. As long time fans of the German producer, we are so pleased to have him on board and this beautifully crafted piece of work certainly doesn’t disappoint. The devil’s in the detail.
And wrapping things up, Dimitri Nakov returns to Selador after his recent Dee Montero remix, this time collaborating with B-Vision on the exquisite ‘Vapour’. And whilst they may be the rearguard on this delicious two part compilation, rest assured they’re not just here to make up the numbers. Quite they contrary. They close things out in a complete blaze of glory.
So, five more deliciously tasty morsels to get your teeth into then. Don’t be shy. Tuck in!
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