My Interview with Change Undergound

Read my recent interview with Change Underground talking all things Selador, my go-to favourite labels and up and coming producers and the return to vogue of Progressive House..

Hi Dave, it’s good to have you back on C-U again. Last time we spoke was in 2013 believe it or not when you were doing a crowd funder for your mix CD https://change-underground.com/dave-seaman/ – would you ever do something like that again? 

Never say never but I don’t have any plans to do it again at the moment. It was a great experience. A really unique project that took me out of my comfort zone and led to lots of fantastic gigs and to me meeting lots of great people. The only real downside for me was the amount of time I needed to invest in it. It really took over my life for the good part of a year and that prevented me from doing lots of other things properly over that period so if I were to do it again, I’d have to make sure I had the decks cleared (no pun intended) for a while.

You were forming your label with Selador with Steve Parry at the time, which has become one of our favourite labels. If fact, we’ve not heard a bad release from you guys for a long time. We interviewed AFFKT recently, who you’ve been working with a long time and feel he’s really begun to find his sound of late. You’ve also got artists like Quivver on the roster who always seem to deliver amazing tracks for Selador. We’ve seen you and Steve seem to be doing a lot more Selador gigs these days. Can you share with us the ethos behind the Selador brand and where you’re looking to take it?  

We really just stick to the simple principle that if we both like it and we’d both play it, then it’s a Selador track. We’ve tried not to get stuck in one niche genre as we both like and play lots of different styles of electronic house, hence the fact we’ve had everyone from Victor Ruiz, Reset Robot and Dubspeeka to Gorge, Tim Engelhardt and Ruede Hagelstein on the label. It could be deep-as-you-like house or peak time Techno, it all falls under the Selador umbrella for us. And that all-inclusive family feeling is one which we intend to build on when it comes to future events. We’d like to do Techno nights or Progressive nights or Deep House nights or even better, have it all on the same night!

Can you tell us some of the stuff you’ve got coming up that we should looking forward to?

We’ve just released an EP by Greek Producer Stelios Vassiloudis. Next up is an EP by Frenchman Acumen, then it’s to Spain for a release by Affkt and then to Germany for a Florian Kruse EP. We’re also going to be doing more label nights at Watergate in Berlin which we’re very excited about after the last one was such a big sucess. So as you can see, we are an anti-Brexit label! haha

Last time we spoke, we talked about Global Underground – who are back with a vengeance.  John Digweed previously said if “they had used the money to pay their bills instead of on speed boats and entertaining, they might have had a longer working relationships with people” so he had no plans to work with them again.  You also mentioned in your interview that GU wouldn’t be the same today and you’ve got to keep moving forward.  Obviously times change Dave but do you still hold the same opinion?

It’s good to have GU back. It’s a strong brand that so many people around the world grew up on. Obviously times are very different from in GU’s heyday when they could sell thousands and thousands of CDs, but I still think there’s a role for them to play in today’s scene. Well packaged special edition ‘physical’ albums are still highly desirable to collectors and avid music fans. Digital mixes are just too disposable for many of us. There’s no emotional attachment to a computer file. So I think there’s definitely a market for new GU ‘city’ compilations and there’s certainly plenty of DJs for them to choose from who I’m sure would be honoured to be party of such a prestigious series. Let’s see how things pan out but I’m optimistic for their future.

Progressive house has been reborn and although we know it never went away, the sound is being championed by a lot more artists across the world.  Nick Warren said even techno DJs are playing it but nobody is calling it progressive. We’re receiving promos from labels all over the world, who to are pushing the progressive sound, but have no understanding of its origins. If you look at artists like Solomun, Kolsch and Dixon – these guys are playing progressive and are massive on the global stage. But as these guys are relative newcomers in comparison, to guys like you, Nick and Hernan, do you think it’s fair that you guys are not being recognized as the true pioneers and leaders of the new progressive scene?  Or would you class the scene that you’re a part of now as the real underground and the one that’s emerged is part of the corporate institution, that Funk D’Void spoke about recently? 

We all know Progressive House never really went away. It was Beatport’s decision to allow lots of cheesy EDM producers to hijack the genre that tainted the name and so real Progressive House had to masquerade as Techno or Deep House or Tech House for several years. But as is the circular nature of fashion, things come round again and it does seem like Progressive is making a bit of a comeback, thanks in large part to Beatport creating a new ‘Big Room’ section for all that commercial music which has allowed the more underground Progressive to rightfully reclaim it’s own genre. Of course the guys that you mentioned play a lot of music that I would consider Progressive House but I’m not sure I would consider what they do to be any less authentic than the original Progressive pioneers. They are just the new generation and the game has changed. In fact, the world has changed. You see it in all walks of life. Look at the top tennis players who all now have a manager, a coach, a fitness coach, a nutritionist, a masseur, a publicist, etc, etc. If you have a skill that can be turned into a brand and can assemble a great team around you then you can achieve bigger things. Can that be seen as being part of a corporate institution? Maybe so. But I wouldn’t question any of those guys’ passion or commitment to what they do. I think they deserve all the plaudits they receive. It’s just Progressive 2.0. Rebooted for the digital era.

Which one of your productions would you say you’re most proud of recently and why?  

I was really happy with my ‘Voodoo Disarray’ track and also the remix I did for Affkt of ‘Between Us’ earlier this year. In both cases I was trying to make distinctive dance floor weapons that retained a certain understated quality and like to think I achieved that. There’s actually a remix EP of ‘Voodoo’ on the horizon with contributions from Johannes Brecht, Drunken Kong & And.Id on Selador which I’m very excited about.

You’ve got a new remix coming out on Brent’s Pro B-Tech label soon which we premiered. 

Yes, thank you for that. I did that remix at the beginning of the year and so am happy that’s it’s finally coming out next week. I know it was one of Pro B Tech’s highest performing tracks on it’s original release and there were some lovely parts that leant themselves to a very warm melodic interpretation, so was happy to get involved. Really pleased with this one. Hope your readers like it too.

As you know, C-U is a platform that supports and showcases new talent.  Could you share with us a couple of emerging artists that people should keep their eye on? 

EdOne, Kotelett & Zadak, Drunken Kong, Clavis, Jody Barr. Too many to mention.

So we can get a flavor of what you’re playing right now, can you tell us your other go to labels right? Diynamic, Watergate, Freerange, Terminal M, Innervisions, Kompakt. Again, I could go on and on. There are so many great labels around.

Do you have any plans to release another album and what’s coming up tour wise next? 

I’ve done new remixes for Affkt and Jozif coming soon and have also started a couple of collaborations with two very cool artists. Plus, unbelievably, it’s going to be Selador’s 5th birthday next year so we are already gearing up for a big celebration around that milestone. Lots of exciting things are afoot. Watch this space.

Thanks for chatting to us Dave. 

My pleasure :-)

https://change-underground.com/dave-seaman-on-progressive-house-2-0/

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My Remix for Soulform Out Now on B Tech Noir

16295107My remix of Soulform’s ‘Synesthesia’ is finally out and about for your listening pleasure on the Scottish imprint, B Tech Noir. The original topped the Beatport Minimal Top100 last year and is now back around again with interpretations from Quivver and Kri Samadhi accompanying my own. Support on this one coming from Sasha, Jamie Jones, BOg & more.

Hope you like it :-)

http://classic.beatport.com/track/synesthesia-dave-seamans-desert-hearts-remix/9497681

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Acumen ‘Instinct Primaire/Femme Fatale’ Out Now On Selador

IMG_7883After collaborating last year on the well received ‘Ines’ track, Selador boss Dave Seaman & French producer Antoine Garcin, Aka Acumen, struck up a bond through mutual admiration for each other’s work. Now that has connection takes its next logical step as the Frenchman makes his debut on Selador with two huge productions. Both ‘Instinct Primaire’ & ‘Femme Fatale’ have been go-to weapons of choice for those luckily recipients of an advanced promo and now label favourites Marc DePulse & Justin Massei come bearing their own takes that offer both tougher and deeper alternatives respectively. Big love and support for this one from Kolsch, Skream, Undercatt, Audiojack, Hernan Cattaneo, DJ Harvey and more.

Selador Recordings – C’est Magnifique X

http://classic.beatport.com/release/instinct-primaire-femme-fatale/2052561

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From Glastonbury to Berlin – Summer Has landed!

The summer season landed with a bang last week as Dave played not only arguably the best festival in the world (twice!) but also three of the best clubs in the world too with yet more to come this week and next.

Kicking off at the legendary Glastonbury Festival at John Digweed’s Bedrock party alongside Darren Emerson, Danny Howells and John himself was just a taste of things to come for the week ahead. A packed out Spaceport lapping it up until the small hours as the festival came out of the traps at one helluva pace. Glastonbury is the most awesome of festivals. A weekend which every music lover should experience at least once. The thing is, once you’ve had a taste for it, you’ll want to be back every year.

The Bedrock Glastonbury crew getting the party started

Next up was a flying visit to Greece on the Saturday for the best summer club in Athens, Bolivar Beach Bar where Dave DJ’ed together with Blondish, Phonique, Sharam Jey and more before swiftly returning to Glastonbury on the Sunday for a Festival closing set in the Glade Area with his Selador Recordings label partner, Steve Parry. As weekend’s go, they really don’t come much finer.

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What a weekend- Vodka jellies in the Sunday afternoon sunshine dancing to Nile Rogers & Chic

No rest for the wicked though as Wednesday brought the second Selador’ Recordings party at Watergate in Berlin. A complete sell out at one of Berlin’s longest running and respected clubs, Dave & Steve were joined by the label’s Florian Kruse & Justin Massei for a night to remember. There areno cameras allowed though in Watergate so you’ll just have to take our word for it. Or even better, get yourself to our next gig there later this year. Watch this space.

Then it was on to Northern Ireland for the legendary Lush who are in the midst of their 21st birthday celebrations. Ahead of our next Lush Classical gig at the SSE Arena in Belfast in October which is already over 80% sold out, this was the perfect warm up as Dave joined fellow Global Underground legends Timo Maas and Darren Emerson for a big night out on the beautiful Irish coastline. As the good people of Lush like to put it… “Oi, Oi Oi f****ing Oi!”

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Treble trouble – The GU boys Dave, Darren Emerson & Timo Mass are back in town at Lush, Portush, Northern Ireland. 

And it doesn’t stop there either. With two more appearances scheduled with Darren Emerson & Danny Howells as part of their ongoing 3D project, Dave hits the esteemed Rex Club in Paris and Latitude Festival in the next two weeks. Plus further trips to Greece and Canada are also lined up. And all of that is before August even arrives! Summer 2017 is looking hot 😉

3D at Glasto

3D – Dave with Darren Emerson & Danny Howells ahead of their forthcoming 3D summer shows together

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My Midsummer Beatport Chart

As the summer season commences in earnest, tonnes of ace new music has landed in my inbox. Here’s a few that have been both pushing my buttons and also causing a commotion on my dance floors in the last few weeks. Get stuck in :-)

1. Fort Romeau ‘C.E.M’ [Fort Romeau]

2. Andhim ‘Eberplatz’ [Superfriends]

3. Acumen ‘Instinct Primaire’ [Selador]

4. Andre Hommen ‘Sensory’ [Objektivity]

5. Stelios Vassiloudis ‘Sierra Alpha Victor’ [Selador]

6. Frankey & Sandrino ‘Virgo’ [Sum Over Histories]

7. The XX ‘Violent Noise’ (Four Tet) [Young Turks]

8. Adana Twins ‘Flower Of Cane’ [Watergate]

9. Steve Parry ‘Luna’ (Wally Lopez) [Selador]

10. Phil Kieran ‘Solar Storm’ (Mano Le Tough) [Hot Creations]

https://www.beatport.com/chart/daves-midsummer-madness-chart/454754

 

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Stelios Vassiloudis ‘Sierra Alpha Victor’ Out Now On Selador

stel smallrLong time friend of Selador, Stelios Vassiloudis is back on the label with a new creation of epic proportions. The Greek producer has, in our humble, if slightly biased opinion, outdone himself here with the glorious ‘Sierra Alpha Victor’, a passionate, soaring tribute to the place we know and love the best, the hallowed dance floor of the underground.

Variations on the theme come from the one and only Quivver, delivering yet another top-drawer remix, this time donning his Techno trousers for no nonsense, heads down affair. Whilst Connaisseur Recordings artists, Italian producer, Olderic takes his turn at the helm with a pulsating, robust workout. Modern Progressive.

Make no mistake, this one reaches for the stars and takes it’s pick. Love and support has been flooding in rom the likes of Guy J, Undercatt, Hernan Cattaneo, Cristoph, Guy Mantzur, Nick Warren, BOg and many more.

Selador Recordings – Where the planets align.

x

http://classic.beatport.com/release/sierra-alpha-victor/2041055

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – June 2017

Listen again to the June 2017 episode of Dave’s long running Radio Therapy Show. Sixty minutes of the good stuff. It’s what we do! 😉

Tracklist as follows..

1. Anton Dhouran ‘Osmekha’ (Ruede Hagelstein) [Family N.A.M.E]

2. Djuma Soundsystem ‘Kartharsis’ [Soso]

3. Drunken Kong ‘Walk With Us’ [Tronic]

4. Mark Jenkyns feat. Mizbee ‘Reach For Me’ (Raw District) [Suara]

5. Patrice Bäumel ‘Engage’ [Afterlife]

6. Lessons ‘Double Or Nothing’ (Magdalena) [Sinnbus]

7. EdOne ‘Caramel’ [Selador]

8. Pirupa ‘Everyday’ [Under No Illusion]

9.  Affkt ‘Sunday Ghost’ (Dave Seaman) [Selador]

10. Acumen ‘Instinct Primaire’ [Selador]

11. Sasha feat. Poliça ‘Out Of Time’ [Kompakt]

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Steve Parry ‘Luna’ Remixes Out Now

Luna v4Selador main man Steve Parry is back on the label as we revisit his highly regarded ‘Luna’ track from the beginning of this year. Originally appearing on Volume 4 of our Selador Showcase series to widespread acclaim, we felt it was about time it owned it’s own catalogue number and have recruited a few influential friends to make sure it all goes off with a bang.

The Original Mix plays host to a gathering that includes label fave Dubspeeka dropping by with a gift of a remix, positively brimming with his deep, dark, hallmark Techno flavourings. Next we roll out the red carpet for Spanish Electronic Music royalty in the form of Wally Lopez who unleashes a unstoppable Progressive juggernaut. And finally, rising Croatian star Andrea Ljekaj brings some fresh blood to the party with a beautiful piece of otherworldly goodness.

Yet another mission complete then. It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it.

Team Selador – To the moon and back.

http://classic.beatport.com/release/luna/2028945

 

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Selador Showcase – The Fifth Element Compilation Out Now

selador showcase 5b-1The illustrious fifth edition of Selador’s Showcase series is an altogether heavyweight affair featuring a whole host of electronic music’s big hitters. For many of this all-star cast it also constitutes a baptism of sorts as we welcome them to the label ahead of fully blown releases further down the line. So without further ado, let us introduce you to the runners and riders..

The first of our contenders pairs one of the label’s mainstays, our boy Quivver, with another legend of the scene, Funk D Void for a rather special collaboration. Together they deliver ’Dual State’, an assured piece of bass heavy electronic goodness that only 5 decades worth of combined experience can yield. Look out y’all, master craftsmen at work.

Next up we welcome Florian Kruse to the fold. The German’s stock has been on the rise recently with releases on Suara, Green & Noir and now he graces Selador with his own special brand of Melodic Techno. ‘Homebound’ is a sure-fire winner if ever we’ve heard one. Top marks.

Our old friend Stelios Vassiloudis is also riding high on a hot streak right now off the back of releases on Bedrock & Poker Flat and here he continues that rich vein of form with the deep, darkness of ‘Burn’. Modernistic and menacing, this is music from the edge. Badass.

Another good friend of the label, our favourite Spaniard, Affkt is next in line with the stirring ‘Cliff’. Underpinned by an effervescent string motif and taut arrangement, it growls and fizzes it’s way through an intensive 6 minute workout. Bold and striking.

From Spain we head across the border to France where Acumen picks up the baton for the first time on Selador with ‘Ici Ou Allieurs’. A rousing affair bursting with energy and attitude, this is just a taste of what’s to come from the Frenchman on our label. Stellar work.

Jamie Stevens is next to join the party with a slice of electronic sophistication like only he knows how. Discerning and restrained, this is an elegant creation that deserves your focused attention. The devil is in the detail. Outstanding.

And finally, to close off in style we welcome Flowers & Sea Creatures. The Canadian duo have been a firm favourite here at Selador for several years with Dave Seaman even including them on his Renaissance Masters compilation as far back as 2011. Here they serve up the irresistible ‘Blades Nokturne’, a work of delicate beauty delivered in their own inimitable style. Exquisite.

Without doubt, it’s a compilation to be proud of. Take a bow, one and all. Bravo.

Team Selador- Bringing The Noise.

x

http://classic.beatport.com/release/the-selador-showcase-the-fifth-element/2017940

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – May 2017

Listen again to Dave’s critically acclaimed Radio Therapy Show which this month features the likes of Laurent Garnier, Hot Since 82, Sasha, Alex Niggemann and Affkt. Get involved 😉

Tracklist

1. Edu Imbernon ‘Underworld’ (Undercatt) [Fayer]

2. Micro Neimeier ‘My Culture’ (Raumakustik)[ Circle]

3. Affkt ‘Notch’ [Noir]

4. Alex Niggemann ‘Fences’ [Aeon]

5. Deltawerk ‘Departer’ [Atomnation]

6. Sasha ’Trigonometry’

7. Ron Flatter ’Molly’ [Einmusik]

8. Hybrasil ‘Anu’ [Hybrasil]

9. Raxon ‘Nebular’ [Diynamic]

10. Hot Since 82 ‘Evolve Or Die’ [Moon Harbour]

11. Lonya ‘The Wold That Disappears’ [Selador]

12. Laurent Garnier ‘From The Crypt To The Astrofloor’ [Kompakt]

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