My set from Burning Man Festival, August 2016

Very early morning on the last day of August this year, after the sunrise, I DJ’ed at the alternate universe that is Burning Man Festival, following on from an epic set by my good friend Hernan Cattaneo. One of my highlights of 2016, here is that set. It’s a spiritual thing! Enjoy the ride :-)

1. King Britt pres. Obafunke ‘Uzoamaka’ (SBTH Remix) [Lossless]

2. Eagles & Butterflies ‘Experiment C’ [Life Imitating Art]

3. Life & Bazaar ‘Samson’ [Saved]

4. Affkt ‘Between Us’ (Dave Seaman) [Sincopat]

5. Reset Robot ’Stadel Lion’ [Moan]

6. Dave Seaman ‘Voodoo (Demo)’ [Selador]

7. Dee Montero ‘Fugazi’ [Selador]

8. Dave Seaman ‘Nightfalls’ (Chymera) [Selador]

9. Andre Lodemann ‘Last Exit’ [Freerange]

10. Underworld ‘Ova Nova’ (Pig & Dan) [Astralwerks]

11. &ME ‘Cape Coast’ [Keinemusik]

12. Habischman ‘Moan’ [Knee Deep In Sound]

13. Dee Montero ‘Solace’ [Selador]

14. Dennis Ferrer & Ben Westbeech ‘Right Thing’ [Defected]

15. Oxia & Nicolas Masseyeff ‘Connivence’ [Diversions]

16. Dee Montero ‘Vedra’ [Knee Deep In Sound]

17. Ian Pooley ‘What’s Your Number’ (Show B) [Pooled]

18. Kollektiv Turmstrasse ‘Jupiter Sunrise’ [Diynamic]

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Selador’s Interview with DJ Mag NL

My label partner Steve Parry & I did an interview for DJ Mag in Holland recently discussing all aspects of the label and more besides. Read it in full here>>

This will be the fourth ADE for the label. What has meant ADE for your label over the past few years?

Steve: Always love ADE – so many things to keep you busy! Meeting friends, people you work with, artists and remixers for the label, and also spending time with Dave as we live in different cities in UK so don’t see each other that much! Also we had our first party, at Club NL in conjunction with our good friends at Sincopat – was great!

Dave: It’s the best industry conference out there for actually getting stuff done rather than just having a bit of a “jolly”. For starting and developing relationships, for promoting and growing your brand and also for celebrating our culture, with so many parties to attend and so many DJs to hear, there’s nothing more important on the dance music calendar.

Next April Selador will celebrate its 4th birthday. How did the label develop the past few years?

Steve: I think musically we wanted to show that we were more than a ‘progressive house’ label, and highlight all of the music that we like. Over the years we’ve been fairly diverse with tracks and remixes, but all fits nicely under our Selador musical umbrella.

Dave: We’ve worked tirelessly from the beginning and I think it’s now really starting to pay off. It was definitely a lot tougher at the start. Gaining people’s trust is something that only comes with time but we stuck to our guns and we feel we’re in a really good place after 3 and half years in existence. There’s still so much we want to do though.

Selador has built a clear vision and quickly built a reputation as leader of house and techno. Has the label developed as you expected from the very beginning? 

Steve: Its been a great experience, and has been hard work from the start, but we knew if we put the effort in, then time would start to reward us. I’ve been involved in music through DJ-ing, promoting, radio shows, record stores and more since i was 15 and I thought I knew a fair bit about the industry, but running a label was more time consuming and harder than i expected, not in a bad way, but in a way of having g to learn new skills and realising to take your time and do it right, rather than putting any old release out. We take care of the tracks we sign, the remixers, the artwork, videos, promo.. every strand of the process. Working hard on every release is very important.

Dave: Yes, as Steve says, it’s really competitive out there these days with so many labels and artists vying for your attention so we really try to keep the quality as high as possible. Presentation has been an important factor for us. And we’ve got a great team of people around us now too. You’ve got to do your best to stand out from the crowd.

Most artists start their own label so they can instantly release their own music on the label. If we take a look at the history of Selador’s releases, especially in the beginning, you guys didn’t release that much yourself. Why is that? What’s the philosophy of the label?

Steve: We just wanted to release music we like. That we both like, and we would both play. And that’s it really. It could be house, or an ambient remix, or could be melodic or serious heads down techno. It makes sense to Me and Dave, but i imagine from an outsider’s view or for a producer, we are a bit of a nightmare to second guess!

Dave: Ha! That’s true. The amount of times someone has said to me that they have a track that’s absolutely perfect for the label and when we listen to it we just think, really?! That’s not something we’d ever consider signing! Then on the flip side of that, you’ll get another producer say they’ve got some new music but don’t necessarily think it’s something we’d like for Selador and we absolutely love it. With regards releasing our own music on the label, we just wanted to make sure we chose the right tracks. We weren’t particularly in a hurry. We knew we’d know when the time was right. And are very happy that ‘Naughty Forest’, ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’, ‘Apricity’ & ‘Nightfalls’ are the four we decided on.

You (Dave) and Selador managed to fund the first mix compilation through crowd sourcing, which I find very interesting. Can you explain what this means exactly?

Dave: It was a CD that I did through ‘Kickstarter’ where we raised the funds for a mix compilation through people pledging money to the project and in return, depending on how they’d contributed, I would give them a DJ lesson or DJ at a private party at their house or simply just send them an exclusive signed copy of the CD and/or a T shirt – none of which would be available to buy anywhere else. We reached our target of £25,00 and then some and it was a thrilling project but took a crazy 12 months delivering on my side of the bargain afterwards.

This is a new way of funding, especially now that we live in a digital world this is an important milestone. What does this development mean for the future of releasing and funding music?

Dave: You’re right, it’s a huge development in that it cuts out the middle man. If you have an audience that trust you and follow you through social media, you can communicate directly with them and get all sorts of projects off the ground by asking for their support. If as an artist you’re capable of being your own label, promoter, distributor or whatever, the floodgates have opened, the world is now your oyster. The digital age has brought a whole new way of working on many levels.

Steve and Dave, you’re both owners of Selador. Why are you the perfect combination in terms of the label?

Steve: We’ve known each other for years – and we have very similar musical tastes, but not exactly the same, which is a good thing! We have a hunger for new music too – we’re both a little bit obsessed to be honest. As well as this, we both have other companies and both have families, so we understand that sometimes one of us needs to take the baton and run for a bit, as the other is having a hectic time.

Selador is a relatively young label. What is the future perspective according to you guys?

Steve: Onwards and upwards really. Keeping up the quality of the releases, and doing more label parties. We’ve been lucky that we’ve already done Space Ibiza, Watergate Berlin, ADE and Pikes Ibiza, some fantastic venues, so hopefully more of that!

The roster of the label is of great size. How is the composition of the roster established?

Dave: Again, there’s no hard and fast rules. We just both need to like an artist and they’re music and we’d welcome them on the label. Our only problem at the moment is finding room on the release schedule. We’re already full for the next 6 months! It’s been crazy how much material we’ve been sent.

Last one: If I visit your website, I can pre-order Selador’s debut vinyl release. What can you tell about this?

Steve: You can indeed, as well as a choice of t-shirts! (always got to get a plug for the merchandise in!). Well we wanted to dip our toe in the world of vinyl. I worked in record shops for years and dave ran Stress Records and Audio Therapy, so is fully aware of the love, hard work and also unpredictability of vinyl! Robert Babicz is one of our boys and we wanted to present him with something different – and we backed this up with some fine remixes too. So everyone was happy!

Dave: We’d definitely like to do some more vinyl releases. In fact, like I said earlier, there’s so much more we’d like to do. Unfortunately, there’s just not enough hours in the day.

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Quivver ‘Brand New Medicine’ EP Out Now on Selador

quivver-medicine-samllerGreetings friends, please step this way, the doctor will see you now. Yes, we are delighted to have one of the leading lights of our profession back on the Selador frontline as Dr John ‘Quivver’ Graham prescribes his Brand New Medicine EP. One of the last consignments to leave the Los Angeles lab that has been his home for the last 10 years before he relocates back to his beloved Coventry in the UK, this awesome foursome has all the necessary ingredients to knock your socks off.

The title track is archetypal Quivver with John’s own vocal refrain underpinned by a menacing bass and classic Electro & Techno influences. ‘Lights Down’ then comes in two very different flavours. Part 1 is unapologetically retro with it’s chunky bass and synth stabs getting right to the heart of the action whilst Part 2 heads off in a thoroughly modern Tech House direction – all pharmaceutically charged, single-minded, unabated energy. Finally ‘I Remember You’ tops things off with it’s understated groove and subtle on-trend sound palette. Not to be overlooked.

Together, this quartet is recommended daily or should symptoms persist but be careful on the dosage, you’re messing with the best 😉

Selador Recordings – The bigger the headache, the bigger the pill!

http://classic.beatport.com/release/brand-new-medicine/1887282

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – November 2016

The penultimate edition of Radio Therapy for 2016 featuring Dusky, Pirupa, Jozif, Quivver & Skream to name but a few. Enjoy 😉

Tracklist as follows…

1. Jadele ‘Guilty Pleasure’ (Kotelett & Zadak) [Circle Music]

2. Athea ‘Capoeira’ [Knee Deep In Sound]

3. Justin Massei ’Sideways Eight’ [Selador]

4. Raw District ‘Monday Mood’ [Selador]

5. Quivver ‘Lights Down (Part 1)’ [Selador]

6. Jozif ‘Volcano’ [Desert Hearts]

7. Niko Schwind & Lil Magdalene ‘Over The Trees’ (Oliver Koletzki) [Stil Vor Talent]

8. Several Definitions & Marc DePulse ’Sharks’ [Suara]

9. Pirupa ’Sunday Morning’ (Skream) [Non Stop]

10. Joal feat. Piermaria Chaps ‘The Magician’ (Steve Parry) [Selador]

11. Dusky feat. Solomon Grey ‘Long Wait’ [(Patrice Baumel) [17 Steps]

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Affkt ‘Between Us’ (Dave Seaman Remix) Out Now On Sincopat

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I recently had the pleasure of remixing a track from my good friend Affkt’s new album ‘Son Of A Thousand Sounds’. Originally an ambient piece, it’s wonderful array of sounds gave me a chance to do something slightly more organic than usual and the result is now finally out and about for your delectation or damnation depending on your disposition. I’d like to point out though that we received loads of lovely reactions to this one from the likes of Hot Since 82, Riva Starr, Claptone, Noir, Damian Lazarus, Nick Warren, Acid Pauli, Edu Imbernon & many more, so you’d be in esteemed company should you err on the side of positivity. Hope you like it 😉

http://classic.beatport.com/release/son-of-a-thousand-sounds-remixed-02/1879133

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Raw District ‘Taking You Down’ EP Out Now On Selador

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Out of Belgium, Massimo DaCosta & Vernon Bara, aka Raw District, make their Selador debut with an EP overflowing with both style and substance. Following recent releases on the likes of Crosstown Rebels, Moon Harbour and Souvenir, the duo have made quite an impact since their first outing only 3 years ago and their growing reputation continues here.

Their two original contributions on this EP demonstrate the pair’s ability to switch effortlessly between light and shade. From the brooding melancholy of Taking You Down which features the sumptuous vocal of Jinadu to the sinister robotic tech of Monday Mood these guys can definitely make the rough with the smooth.

In true Selador style we’ve also assembled a dream team of remixers that takes the release positively stratospheric. The collective powers of Animal Trainer, Metodi Hristov and Habischman are on full display for all to see and hear. Buckle up!

And with that, the stars align once more. Just how they should be.

Selador Recordings – Precision engineering. X

http://classic.beatport.com/release/taking-you-down-ep/1874634

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – October 2016

Listen again to the October edition of Dave’s Radio show now boasting a monthly worldwide reach of over half-a-million listeners. Your monthly round up of the very best in electronic house. It’s essential 😉

Tracklist as follows..

1. Dee Montero & Dimitri Yakov ‘Alba’ [Selador]

2. UNER ‘Dancemotive’ (Steve Bug) [Culprit]

3. DJ Tennis ‘Convex’ [Omnidisc]

4. Habischman ‘Moan’ [Knee Deep In Sound]

5. Han Haak ‘Insipid Town’ (Dave Seaman) [Selador]

6. Booka Shade ‘Lost High’ (Dennis Ferrer) [Blaufield]

7. Oxia ‘Secret’ [Diversions]

8. Moonwalk ‘Orbital’ [Diynamic]

9. Kölsch ‘Grey’ [Kompakt]

10. Emerson, Digweed & Muir ‘Fanfare’ (Emerson Mix) [Bedrock]

11. Cirez D ‘Backlash’ [Mouseville]

12. Undercatt ‘Juno’ [Diynamic]

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Han Haak ‘Insipid Town’ Out Now On Selador

han-haak-insipid-town-3The mysterious Han Haak has been with us from the start. He was the creator of our second release way back in May 2013 when we were just knee high to a grasshopper, still teething and not sleeping through the night! Now we’re all grown up and arguably a bit wiser, it was only fitting to invite him back and the Insipid Town EP is the result. Born out of a dark alley on the wrong side of the tracks, the original teems with raw unbridled energy and plays by it’s own rules. Watch your back!

The prototype is backed up by not one, not two but three big remixes from a trio of names all fans of Selador will be familiar with. The first comes courtesy of Sir Robert of Babicz who channels inspiration from his his recent visit to the Burning Man Festival into a mystical adventure of seductive acid, sci-fi rushes and a large sprinkling of that magic desert dust. Trippy business. Label head honcho Dave Seaman then weighs in with a muscular melodic techno affair, relentless and uncompromising. Not for the faint of heart.

And Ki Creighton & Makanan return to the fold with a bass heavy, sexy tech house workout that flaunts it’s charms upfront and personal. Dependably deadly.

Another carefully constructed multi layered package that ticks all your boxes, plus a few more besides. It’s what we do 😉

Selador Recordings – like clockwork X

http://classic.beatport.com/release/insipid-town/1864211

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Palindrome People EP Out Now On Carioca Records

dave-seaman-carioca-small-2Off the back of headlining sets at Glastonbury & Burning Man Festivals and a series of dates at Space Ibiza during the final season for the legendary club, Dave Seaman has been on a roll this summer. His record label, Selador Recordings also continues to go from strength to strength reaching the milestone of 50 releases with Dave’s own production ‘Nightfalls’ which enjoyed both widespread critical acclaim and some healthy Beatport Chart action.
And now Dave boards the Carioca express with a muscular two tracker under the Palindrome People Project banner. “These two tracks both started out as one thing but I ended up going backwards to go forward and then they turned into something else entirely”, explains Dave. “Hence the palindrome tag, sometimes when making music retracing your steps can be more productive than just ploughing on.”
If you’re still none the wiser, a  Palindrome is a word that reads the same backwards as forwards. And so accordingly, let us present ‘Do Geese See God’ & ‘Devil Never Even Lived’. Get it?!
One thing we do know for sure, whichever way you look at it, be it forwards, backwards or even upside down, the Palindrome People certainly know their way. You down with PPP?
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Reloads Volume 4 Compilation Out Now On Selador

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Ladies & gentlemen, boys & girls, it’s time for you lucky people to take delivery of another batch of carefully compiled remixes from the Selador archive that we like to call Reloads. This occasional series reaches it’s fourth instalment as another group of cherry picked remixers get their dirty mitts on our former glories and boy, do they come up trumps. Let’s take a look at the runners and riders..

Flying the flag for the ‘Artists’ may we present a heavyweight all-star cast featuring Quivver, Tom Peters, Robert Babicz, Several Definitions, Marc DePulse, Andrea Arcangeli & Pakkio Sans whilst ‘Team Remix’ consists of our challengers Christian Nielsen, Soul Button, Villanova, Framewerk, Paul Nolan and Jaap Ligthart respectively. .

It’s a fight-to-the-death, winner-takes-all event not to be missed. Take your positions. Let battle commence.

Selador Recordings – Let’s get ready to rumble!

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http://classic.beatport.com/release/selador-reloads-vol-4/1851916

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