A link to my recent interview with those lovely people at Data Transmission on all things Selador & Kickstarter plus DJ spats & EDM…
So you’re funding your latest compilation via a Kickstarter model. Why have you chose to do this? Do you see this as the future of the art-form?I just felt the need to do something different. I’d been offered another Renaissance Masters CD but to be honest, I’ve done 27 mix compilations before, all in the traditional way. So when the Kickstarter idea was suggested, it just felt fresh. It’s was of my comfort zone and is a bit of a leap into the unknown but I truly believe this could be the route a lot of DJs take in the future. And someone has stick their neck out first.
You’ve been a part of the mix CD since it began so are better placed than most to preside over how viable they are. Are they still a relevant concept and how difficult is it for them to be part of what people want in the modern age of the internet?
Well for me, they are a bit more special than most of the disposable ten-a-penny live sets or podcasts you can find all over the internet. A lot more time and effort goes into crafting them. They should be collectors items. A tangible memento of a time and a place with an emotional attachment that’s impossible to get from a file on a hard drive. I think it’s one of the very sad consequences of the digital era that record, book, DVD & CD collections will be relegated to characterless files on hard drives. I think there’ll be a backlash against it. Men especially like to collect things. It’s in our genes. And virtual collections just aren’t the same.
You’ve also started up a record label as well, Selador records. Why did you decide to do this again now?
Ha! I’m a glutton for punishment obviously. No, I really love the process of finding new music and putting together a release with remixes and artwork. Much like the mix albums, it’s a labour of love. There’s no real money in it these days but it’s a way of connecting with other like minded artists and promoting the music I love and that I’m playing when I DJ. They’re all intrinsically linked. DJing, music production & running a label. They all feed each other.