DMC World Interview

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Hey Dave a huge welcome back to DMCWORLD, where on this crazy planet are you today?

I’m in Barbados on a tour of North America with my 3D cohorts Danny Howells & Darren Emerson. 

So much going on in your musical world at the moment, let’s kick off with the big news that Renaissance are back on the clubbing map with a series of fresh new events around the UK kicking off with your night alongside Patrice Baumel and Marino Canal at Brighton’s Concorde 2 in a few weeks – which we will come to in a moment. But let’s kick back to when the Renaissance story began – we were both running Mixmag at the time and had known for some time about Geoff Oakes’s plans for his now legendary new night that began life in Mansfield. It was obvious from the start that this was something different for a nation more used to fields, sweaty clubs and MCs wondering where the whistle posses were. Renaissance oozed class from day one, what are your memories of those early days…?

I remember struggling to get in on the opening night! I think I’d DJ’ed in Sheffield if my memory serves me correctly and drove to Mansfield afterwards at like 4 in the morning to catch the end of the night. It was chaos outside with tonnes of people still trying to get in. The 6am license was still quite a rare thing back then. Once I did get in though, it was pretty obvious it was going to become a game changer. They’d managed to combine some of the best elements of New York nightlife with the energy of the UK’s Acid House explosion and presented it with just enough pomp and ceremony. It was a potent mix. 

How important was/has Renaissance been to the club scene over the years, what has made it stand out and shine for decade after decade?

It was very important in changing perceptions about dance music. Up until then, the very early days of Acid House culture was generally a pretty amateurish scene powered more by passion than know-how with most events thrown together with the DIY ethic of punk. Renaissance, with it’s stylish branding and production values, showed the way things could be done and heralded a new era of clubbing in the UK. The marketing, the artistic ambition, the attention to detail… they definitely raised the game.

What are some of your stand out memories from playing and partying at Renaissance?

The 2nd birthday at The Que Club in Birmingham always stands out for me. The production on that one was next level with huge fluffy clouds made from cotton wool suspended above the dance floor over which little cherub statues presided, all lit up with dramatic strobe lighting. It was all very theatrical. I remember having a ‘moment’ sitting on the highest row at the very back of the venue overlooking the whole thing and thinking how far UK club culture had come in such a few short years but also realising how much more could be achieved. Little did I know the extent of it. 

A tune that will always remind you of Renaissance?

There’s loads that are particularly synonymous with Renaissance for me. 

Bedrock’s ‘For What You Dream Of’ which was John’s first ever release which we put out on Stress Records, Age Of Love’s ‘Age Of Love’, Sasha’s mix of Hysterix’s ‘Talk To Me’. In fact, the track I made with my Brothers In Rhythm studio partner Steve Anderson under the Brothers Love Dubs alias ‘The Mighty Ming’ was made particularly with Renaissance in mind. 

Which brings us to Brighton on April 14th and a date with one of The Netherlands’ finest. Have you played with Patrice before, what are  you expecting?

It will be our first meeting face to face although we’ve been in touch for a while online. For me, he’s one of the best producers out there right now and judging by his superb Essential Mix recently he’s no slouch behind the decks either! He’s the ideal DJ to carry the Renaissance torch into a new era. 

You have a long history with the town of Brighton. We used to be down there most weekends for The Zap and The Escape Club, the scene has had it’s ups and downs in recent years but the place will always have happy memories for you?

Yeah, I’ve had some great times down in Brighton over the years. I think my first time playing there was on The Pier at one of the very early Bedrocks which is where I first met Danny Howells. We were just talking about that the other day actually. Back when John Digweed was going under the name DJ JD! That’s how long ago we’re talking!! 

Right let’s dip into Dave Seaman world. I am not sure if Guinness World Records have been in touch yet, but it seems the trophy for the most countries DJ’d in has surely landed on your mantelpiece now. Where have been some of the stand out countries you have smashed in 2018 so far?

Ha! Well, I started the year off in Pakistan and as I already mentioned, right now I’m in Barbados so that’s two new places to add to the ever growing list. It’s been a great start to 2018 actually. I had another wonderful gig in Sydney at Cafe Del Mar on my recent trip down there and a couple of great shows on our current 3D tour of North America. Ethics Lounge in Austin, Texas had a really special vibe and the Ibiza Global Radio party in the jungle in Tulum, Mexico was definitely the most beautiful spot I’ve played this year. We’re so, so lucky to get to travel to these places. Never in my wildest dreams when I started DJing all those years ago did I think it would allow me to travel all over the World. 

Your outstanding start to the year studio wise follows the success of your ‘Virgo Ryzin’ release with another Beatport biggie, ‘Hired Sate of Unconsciousness’ which forms part of the first ever 3D EP with Danny Howells and Darren Emerson. Can you talk us through the EP…

Yeah, we were very happy to release the first EP on Selador. When we started the 3D Project, we immediately floated the idea of getting Danny back into the studio and to be fair, he didn’t take much persuasion. So his contribution, ‘Earthlings X’ is his first original material in over 6 years and has done really well. I think he’s still sat in the Beatport Deep House Top 10 as we speak, several weeks after we released. I was really happy with how well ‘Hired State’ did personally for me too reaching number 2 in the Progressive section. And Darren’s track ‘Brooklyn’ also got a tonne of high profile support from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Noir, Timo Maas and Carl Cox. So all told, I think we can consider it a success. We’re already talking about the next one :-)

What are the next plans for 3D studio wise and will you be hitting the festivals together this year?

Yes we’re doing quite a few festivals throughout Europe during the summer. I think there’s already 5 or so booked in for the UK, Belgium and Holland. And there’s definitely an appetite for all of us to get into the studio together at some point. It’s just a question of time really. Getting all our diaries to align seems to be our biggest challenge. 

Solo wise, what is the next Dave Seaman production swinging our way?

Next up will be collaboration track I’ve done with my label partner Steve Parry for Selador’s 5th Birthday project called ‘Repeat Offender’ closely followed by a remix just finished for Martin Eyerer, Ackermann & Thomas Gandey on their new label. I’ve also got EPs lined up for Alex Niggemann’s Soul Fooled and Affkt’s Sincopat imprint before another Selador single in the summer. After also doing stuff for Suara and Sudbeat, it’s starting to seem like I only make music for labels beginning with S! 😉

Your beloved Selador Recordings commemorates it’s 5th Birthday this month with a landmark series of EPs featuring some exclusive collaborations between some of the label’s roster of artists. What can you tell us young man?

It all started with the idea of Steve (Parry) & I doing this track together and quickly developed into a whole project of collabs. There’s some mouthwatering pairings including Cristoph & Quivver, Robert Babicz & Stelios Vassiloudis, Raw District & Just Her and Luke Brancaccio & Tim Healey. And that’s the just first EP! EPs 2 and 3 are equally as strong. 

And word on the grapevine is that you have some big Selador parties on the way?

We’re going to do our 5th Birthday launch party at Watergate, Berlin with myself and Steve alongside Quivver and Justin Massei. It’ll be our 4th label showcase there. It’s always one we look forward to. And yes, we’re in discussion with a few other venues about further parties over the summer. It’s still early days though so let’s see how things pan out. Watch this space. 

What are the 3 big tunes in your box this weekend, please give us a few words on each…

The new Patrice Baumel ‘The Hatchet’ on Afterlife immediately springs to mind. He’s managed to come up with another big one that really stands out from the crowd. Got a feeling you’re going to be hearing a lot of it over the coming months. Next, I’ll say a brand new remix Steve’s (Parry) done for the Republik label out of Ireland called ‘Incognito’ by Undefined. It’s a big melodic arpy thing . Proper end-of-night business. And finally, I’m really happy with my new single for Selador that I alluded to in your earlier question. It’s been a highlight in my sets for the last few weeks. It’s called ‘Rodales’. 10 points for guessing where the title came from 😉

With so much traveling, studio work and performing, how on earth do you juggle a family life with a wife and young boys back home wanting a part of you?

It is difficult but I try not to be away for more than a few days at a time. It’s actually pretty rare that I’m away for two consecutive weekends. I tend to get the last flight out and first flight back to wherever I’m going each weekend and once I’m back there’s no real time for recovery. Sleep or no sleep, I have to hit the ground running with family duties. It’s not for the faint hearted. 

Your football team Leeds United are on the rise again, how far away are we from the days of a Leeds Manchester pitch tussle?

Unfortunately, I think we are still a way off from that right now. It’s another season of mid table mediocrity for us this season I’m afraid. We started really well but fell away again.The Championship is such a competitive league, you either need a lot of luck or some serious investment and we’ve had neither. Although, after a decade of being raped and pillaged by various shady owners it does look like we’ve finally got someone in now who is willing to put some money to the cause. Let’s see. I think most football fans would like to see Leeds back in the Premiere League. We’re a big club with a huge history who’ve been under achieving for way too long. 

And finally gotta ask, you are a great lover of films and often post about the latest films rocking your world. But Dave son, have you shares in the film Paddington 2 or something?!?!?!

Haha. I’m not alone in thinking it’s one of the best films of the last year mate. Check the reviews! Just because it’s essentially a film for kids doesn’t mean it can’t be appreciated on a different level by adults. Honestly, Paddington 2 is positively Wes Anderson-esque at times! There’s so much more going on under the surface. A lot of the Pixar films are the same. And the first two Lego Movies were also superb. As the old saying goes, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. 

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3D Interview & Podcast for Dancing Astronaut

To coincide with their North American Easter Tour, Dave together with his partners in crime Danny Howells and Darren Emerson talked to Dancing Astronaut about all things 3D. Read all about it here >>

Hi guys, tell us what led to the creation of 3D. Whose idea was it and what’s your goal with the project? Plus do you see it as something long-term?
Danny: We’ve all known each other for years, so when we ended up playing together at Ministry we obviously loved it and wanted to take it further, which is where Dave really came into action in terms of tying it all together.
I think we’ve all done so much during our careers that our goals now are to enjoy what we do, as well as getting into some new areas, both geographically and musically, that we might not have strayed into before.
Dave: I suggested branding the night at the Ministry Of Sound as 3D as a bit of a joke initially. I really didn’t expect it to take on a life all of it’s own and turn into an actual thing. But now it is, I think we’ve all realised that it’s going to be a lot of fun travelling and playing together. Who knows where it will all lead. For the moment, we’re really enjoying it and long may that continue.
3D’s creation lead to Danny Howells’ first original material getting released in years. Can we expect more 3D EPs like the last one on Dave’s label Selador coming soon? Plus will the three of you be creating a track together in the coming future?


Danny: I’d taken a massive hiatus from production although I always knew I’d start again when the time was right, and this project gave me the nudge I needed.
Dave: Yeah we were so happy we managed to coerce Dan back into the studio. I think you’ll agree he was ready as his output has already proved, but he just needed a little push. We’re already talking about the next EP and there’s definitely an appetite for us all to do something together at some point. Goodness knows how that will turn out but I look forward to it.
With each of you being a legend in your own right, how difficult was it you adjusting to becoming a team?  What does each of you bring to 3D and how you balance everything out? Plus how are you able to read each other if one of you goes off on a tangent?
Danny: I don’t think any of us see ourselves as being a legend, so when we get in the box together there’s only two goals – play as well as we can and have a blast doing it! There is a musical adjustment to playing as a threesome instead of solo, but we always pick our sets to pieces afterwards to see what worked and what didn’t, and how we can make it better next time.
I think we’re all capable of going off on tangents, but as we usually wind up doing just two or three tracks each, we tend to stay in check!
With such a history of success behind you all, what motivates you to continue pushing things forward and searching for new audiences?


Danny: For me it still boils down to the buzz I get from playing the tunes I adore to people who hopefully enjoy them as much as I do. And even on those nights that aren’t a raging success, I still get off on hearing my favourite tracks on a big system.


Darren: I’ve been doing this for 30 years now and never get tired of seeing the reactions big tunes get on the dance floor. I still love discovering new producers and searching for the perfect beat. Guess you could say it’s become a life-long habit.     
You’re touring the States soon. Will you be creating a special playlist for the shows? Or just ‘freestyling’?
Danny: We tend look at each size, set time etc to get a rough idea of what we’ll do, whether we go straight in with the bangers or whether we’ve got time to work through the genres a bit. There’s no planning as such, and we tweak things up during the night if we feel it needs it.
We’re all very honest with each other and tell each other afterwards exactly what we thought. Our post gig autopsies are pretty epic!
Dave: I think part of the fun is the spontaneity. Not really knowing where each of us might take the narrative keeps us all on our toes. Being slightly out of our comfort zones is stimulating and as all of us have been DJing longer than we care to remember, I think we’re relishing the challenge.
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If you each had to choose one track from your repertoire that you had to play at every gig the rest of your lives, which would it be?


Danny: Damn this is a hard one! If I had to choose one of my own songs then I’d maybe go for “Laid Out”, purely because I’ve already played it out so many times and never got bored of it.  If it was someone else’s tune then maybe something like “Accadian” by The Mole, or Jimpster’s old remix of Robert Babicz, for the same reason. I’ve absolutely rinsed those.


Darren: I’ve always loved Speedy J’s – Rise. Still sounds fresh today. 
Dave: One of mine you mean? I’d probably go with ‘Nightfalls’. It’s very easy to get bored of your own productions, especially when you spend so long in the studio making them but I  never seem to get bored of that one, largely due to the timeless vocal by Gaelle Adisson if I’m honest.
What are other stuff are you guys doing for the rest of the year? Plus are there any special projects you want to talk about?


Danny: We have a load of 3D gigs lined up which I’m really looking forward to, as well as further studio escapades as discussed before.
I’m cracking on with the production, with my next release coming out in the next month or so, as well as keeping busy with the activism stuff I do when at home and trying, but not always succeeding, to stay out of trouble!


Darren: I’ve got some remixes coming out soon for DJ Hell on his International Deejay Gigolos imprint, plus there’s one for Gus Gus and also another one coming soon for Glenn Morrison on his Fall From Grace label.  DJ feedback has been great for all of them, so am looking forward to them seeing the light of day.  I’ve also got some collabs on the way, including another one with John Digweed and Nick Muir. Tracer got a lot of traction, so we were all really pleased with the results.   
Dave: My focus for the next couple of months is on my label, Selador’s 5th Birthday. We’ve got 24 artists making exclusive collaboration tracks together that we’re releasing as 3 separate EPs and launching the whole thing at Watergate in Berlin at the end of April. It’s gonna be a big statement project for us. We’re really proud of it. I’ve also got releases lined up on AFFKT’s Sincopat label and Alex Niggemann’s Soul Fooled, plus remixes for Martin Eyerer & Tim Engelhardt. It’s going to be a busy year.
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Radio Therapy Broadcast – March 2018

Listen again to the very finest contemporary underground electronic house music courtesy of Dave’s widely acclaimed monthly Radio Therapy Broadcast. Saddle up!


1. Wild Dark feat, Alex Who? ‘Why Not’ [TrueColours]

2. Steve Parry ‘Squidfist’ (Charles Webster Mix) [Selador]

3. Stereocalypse ‘Blue Dome Escargot’ [Innervisions]

4. Catz N Dogz ‘Elixir’ (Jonathan Kaspar) [Pets]

5. Zoo Brazil ‘Mentor’ [Last Night On Earth]

6. Marst ‘Escape’ [Bedrock]

7. K.E.E.N.E ‘Goroboteando’ (Stereo MCs) [Connected]

8. Andhim ‘Stay Close To Me’ [Superfriends]

9. Kevin Yost ’Too Shy’ [Suara]

10. Ryan Murgatroyd ’Something Said’ (Super Flu) [Get Physical]

11. Christian Nielsen ’Together’ [Exploited Ghetto]

12. George Fitzgerald ‘The Echo Forgets’ [Double Six]

13. Bicep ‘Opal’ (Four Tet) [Ninja Tune]

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Steve Parry ‘Squidfist’ EP Out now on Selador

steve parry - squidfist2-2It gives us enormous pleasure here at Selador Towers to see the boss (or Sir Steven of Parry as he insists we address him) scaling unprecedented heights with his recent studio output. The frequency, consistency and quality of his productions has grown exponentially over the last couple of years and we believe he’s only just getting into his stride.

Now notching up his 3rd full release on the label, not to mention a selection of outstanding remixes for the likes of Wally Lopez and Rob Hes, his new outing, the deliciously titled Squidfist EP is exactly the kind of thing that gets us out of bed in a morning.

A powerhouse of textbook electronic goodness that draws on over 20 years of dance floor experience and expertise, this one goes straight for the jugular and never lets up. With a nod and a wink and a doff of the cap to Lil Louis’ perennial ‘French Kiss’, it’s bona fide stomper.

First out of the traps on remix duty, we are honoured to have Mr Charles Webster join our extended family. Something of a God around these parts, his name and pedigree is an assurance of class and quality and here is no exception. Deep, dark and deadly.

Next we welcome back James Dutton, aka Athea, whose currency has continued to rise since his Selador debut early last year with his lauded remix for Just Her. Here he opts for a more stripped back approach, a techy roller that glides and grooves in an effortlessly chic manner.

And finally, the proverbial cherry on top comes courtesy of blossoming Manchester duo, OC & Verde who get to grips with Steve’s previous Selador release, ‘303V’. A firm favourite of John Digweed’s who practically wore his copy out such was the extent of his support, this new version is equally potent. Solid peak time roof raising action.

Team Selador – Riding the rhythm.


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Namito ‘Anakeys’ EP Out Now on Selador



After two cameo appearances on our Showcase Series (Volumes 4 & 6), Namito now returns for a starring role of his own making with the ’Anakeys’ EP.

For the uninitiated, the Iranian born, Berlin based producer is quite the team player, working behind the scenes on many a wide-ranging project from Marc Romboy’s lauded live orchestral shows to engineering for the legendary Grandmaster Flash!

It’s two solo creations though that form the basis of this EP with the title track leading from the front. A prime example of a tune that works its way into the subconscious unannounced and then stubbornly refuses to budge. A humdinger if ever there was one!

The ’Anakeys’ remixes then come from two fertile hotspots of electronic music, Berlin and Brighton via Kling Klong boss Martin Eyerer and long time friend of the label, Just Her who both bring their A-games to the party with reworks of a truly high calibre.

And finally, not to be overlooked, we’re also very proud to include ‘Little Cheat Treats’ just for good measure. A bonus track that on any other occasion could easily have commanded top billing.

For many, this may even prove to be a show stealer. You decide.

Team Selador – Above and beyond the call of duty.

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – February 2018

Listen again to the latest episode of Dave’s lauded Radio Therapy series. This month featuring new music from DJ Koze, Guy J, Danny Howells, Mind Against and more. The show is now syndicated to over 100 stations worldwide. Sixty more minutes of the good stuff, you know the drill >>

1. Dave Seaman ‘Hired State Of Unconsciousness’  [Selador]

2. Danny Howells ‘Earthlings X’ [Selador]

3. Chus & Ceballos, Dennis Cruz ‘The Sun’ [Stereo]

4. Nick Muir ‘Mirror Walk’ (Khen) [Bedrock]

5. Moonwalk ‘Zed’ [Stil Vor Talent]

6. Dayne S feat. Max Joni ‘Patience’ (Sascha Braemer) [What I Play]

7. Klunsh ‘Imaona [MoBlack]

8. Guy J ‘Airborne’ [Lost & Found]

9. Florian Kruse ’Skyarp’ [Selador]

10. Mind Against ‘Days Gone’ [Afterlife]

11. DJ Koze ‘Seeing Aliens’ [Pampa]

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3D EP Out Now on Selador

3d e.p.3-5Something that started out as a bit of fun between 3 long time friends has quickly taken on a life all of it’s own as Danny Howells, Dave Seaman & Darren Emerson’s 3D project continues to gather pace.

Following their first gig together at the Ministry Of Sound in London one year ago, the intrepid trio have already left their mark on some of the best clubs in the World and now embark on their first release together as each contributes an original production to this EP.

‘Earthlings X’ is Danny Howells first new original music in 6 years. He readily admits it has been this project that has been the catalyst in inspiring him to return to the studio and promises this is just the start of things to come. It carries all the hallmarks of the Howells sound. Deep and sophisticated, steadily increasing in intensity before you unwittingly find yourself enveloped in a cocoon of warm electronic goodness. Danny & the feel good factor – if that’s not a band name waiting to happen we don’t know what is?! Spot the sample anyone?

Selador’s very own Dave Seaman then returns to the label with another wonderfully titled outing in ’Hired State Of Unconsciousness’ but don’t be fooled by the play on words of Josh Wink’s classic, this is no peak time acid banger. On the contrary. Revolving around an incessant bassline and ‘Mind, Body Soul’ vocal motif, it’s charm lies in it’s repetitive funk. Time to get your groove on.

Darren Emerson has stepped up his musical output quite considerably over the last 12 months with an impressive string of high profile releases for the likes of Carl Cox’s Intec and John Digweed’s Bedrock and that’s all set to continue as he opens his account for 2018 with ‘Brooklyn’. A sharp-as-a-knife, funky techno workout with a relentless, unswerving energy. Hands up, heads down material.

3D – all for one and one for all!

Team Selador – En garde!


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3D Ibiza Voice Podcast

_DSC8738Together with my 3D partners in crime Darren Emerson & Danny Howells we were invited to participate in the esteemed Ibiza Voice Podcast series contributing an exclusive 60 minute Mix and an interview that talks about music sourcing, our record collections and avacados!

What’s forthcoming from 3D and what noteworthy shows have you done recently?  

Darren: Looking forward to some exciting 3D shows this year. There’s a US tour planned, we’re back at the Ministry Of Sound where the whole 3D idea began, plus we’re doing festivals in Holland and Belgium. The Belgian one is a charity event called Techno for Humanity where all profits go to a whole range of worthy causes. Last year’s gigs were all amazing in their own way. Different vibes for different shows. Latitude Festival, Rhumba Club’s 26th Birthday Birthday, Rex Club Paris, Überhaus, Beirut and New Year’s Eve in Budapest were all fantastic and great fun to be DJing with good mates.

Danny: The same as Darren really .. lots of great gigs coming up and our first US tour will be amazing. We have such a good time but also crack on with the work and I hope we can use some hotel downtime to get stuck into making some music in addition to the solo tracks we’ve been making for the project.

Dave: We’ve actually all just finished a new track each for a 3D EP which will be coming out on my Selador imprint at the end of February. It’s Danny’s first new original music in over 6 years so we’re really happy we got him back in the studio. The plan is to then have a release on Darren’s Detone label next and who knows, we might even get Danny to resurrect his Dig Deeper imprint if we nag him enough! 😉

How did you record the mix and what equipment did you use?  Was there a particular theme or tactic used? (Ie. mixed live, ableton, etc?)

Danny: We did two tracks each and passed it round until we were finished so was a combination of Ableton, Logic and live on the CDJs depending where we were at the time. We actually did quite a big chunk whilst stuck in an airport lounge due to a delayed flight, so that was useful!

Dave: Haha! Yes, you heard it here first. 3D live from the Turkish Airlines Lounge in Istanbul Airport!

Darren: We’re all different and bring individual vibes to the mix but try to keep it flowing without it being too disjointed . We’re really pleased with this one. Hope everyone likes it.

Where do you get your music from? What are your favourite record shops (online/to visit in person)? are you checking promos?  How much time are you spending digging a week?

Darren: I tend to buy online from different sites. Traxsource, What People Play, Clone, Juno, Beatport, Boom Kat. With promos I tend to use the companies that deliver good quality music. I get sent so much shit that it can be soul destroying and take up too much time sifting through for the odd track.

Danny: I cherry pick a few of the million promos that fly in, but 99% of what I play is bought from I don’t know how much time I spend digging but I try and make sure I never miss a new release, and try to check every b-side etc. Then I also spend a large chunk of my time hunting for non-electronic, so will be in Sister Ray, Reckless, FOPP, HMV etc .. keeps me off the street.

Dave: My label partner at Selador, Steve Parry runs a music sourcing service called SMP3. He finds music for Sasha, Behrouz, myself and a few more. He used to serve me vinyl when he worked at 3 Beat Records for 20 years so he knows my taste maybe better than I do! He Dropboxes me a hundred or so new tracks every week which is more than enough really but I also check promos from all my favourite labels and promo companies and then might also visit Beatport every couple of weeks to see if I’ve missed anything. Plus I still visit Rough Trade in Nottingham once a month to get my record shop fix and I also get loads of tracks via Selador as we’re always planning way ahead of ourselves on releases and are inundated daily with demos. There’s so much music coming out every week now that you could literally spend 24/7 doing nothing else but listening to new music and still not really touch the surface.

Tell us about your record collection.. what records/genres/obsessions/guilty pleasures have you got in common? pls give us examples.

Darren: I’ve got too many vinyls that need to be sorted . Got a bit of everything .The good thing about us is we all love our music and we’ love listening to every type of music thats out there. I love Spotify for that these days as it puts me onto new music that I wouldn’t know about. Dave and Danny have a obscure 80’s pop record fetish as I found out in Paris when they were playing non-stop ‘name that tune’. Some serious memory cells being used there.

Danny: It took me years but I finally have my record collection in a manageable state. About 7000 electronic 12”s, about 6000 rock/pop/jazz/punk albums and about 4000 CDs. A lot of it is organised and spans everything from my massive Bowie and Prince collection, to bands like Can, Hawkwind, Boredoms, etc all the way through to cheesy stuff like Phil Collins and Mamas and Papas, and the 80s stuff that we sing to wind Daz up. Like him, I also love Spotify too.

Dave: I’ve got around 7000 records now. I downsized a few years ago. I cleared out about 5000 that I knew I’d probably never play again. Things that were of their time and hadn’t necessarily aged well. I’ve got a lot of 80s stuff from when my vinyl obsession was probably at it’s peak and I have an original 1960s Wurlitzer jukebox at home so I’ve tonnes of 7” stuff right across the board genre-wise. Like Danny, Prince & Bowie are both well represented along with The Jam, Talking Heads, New Order and lots of early Electro. I also have to agree with the guys on Spotify. I only really discovered it last year. Was definitely a bit late to the party on that one but it really has changed my listening habits. I used to think Soundcloud was a good place to get lost for a few hours but Spotify is a whole different level!

Where do you all play most often around the world? what’s interesting about the scene in that particular place? 

Darren: Japan for me . I’m on tour there as I type this and have had a mad week . Great clubs, great people, great food . Iit’s just a mad place to hang.

Dave: Greece, Hungary and Mexico are probably the 3 places I’ve visited most. I’ve covered those countries from top to bottom, coast to coast, city by city over the years. They’re all wonderful countries who are very passionate about their partying.

Danny: It was North America for the bulk of the last 15 or so years but now I’m a bit more spread out (oo er) and go anywhere they’ll take me! I’m a sucker for small rooms so my last Argentina tour was extremely memorable – 2 really big gigs interspersed with a small club gig and finishing on a private party for 100 people in a beautiful location. Just amazing.

How long have you known each other and how did you all meet?

Darren: Too bloody long! :) I’ve known these 2 cats sine the early 90’s if I can remember rightly and always got on . We still love what we do ..It’s never gonna leave us. So 3D is such a great thing to do ..Playing , hanging , touring with 2 good old mates.

Danny:  Same as. I met Dave in Brighton around 93 and we hit it off straight away. I was totally unknown yet he spent so much time talking to me and had no ego or attitude whatsoever. Darren I met shortly after and again we hit it off straight away. The 3 of us together worked straight away – we take it seriously but have an amazing time, and always try and find things we can improve or better ways of working together.

You’ve all seen a lot of changes in the scene since you started?  there are plenty of obvious ones (vinyl vs digital) but what are the ones people don’t talk about as much?

Dave: I think the smoking ban changed things more than people realise. And the smart phone of course. Historically clubs had always been where people went to escape but since the advance of digital technology that’s not really the case anymore. We’re all connected, all of the time. There is no escape. I love that certain clubs have started banning phones like Watergate and Berghain in Berlin because they’re such a distraction from what I think should be the fundamental reason we go to clubs – to dance, be in the moment. to switch off and get lost in the music. Similarly, the smoking ban has had a huge affect on the dance floor as back in the day, DJs used to have a more captive audience. You could take people on that journey as the cliche goes, dance floors were not so transient. People can be outside chatting for ages before they realise they’ve missed half the night!

Dance music has its up and downs and in a lengthy career of being in the industry, it must be very easy to lose sight of the dance floor, how do you stay motivated in a lengthy career as DJs? 

Danny: I still collect records but going digital has expanded the range of what I can do and the amount of variation I can bring to each set. Plus my back isn’t fucked from carrying two crates of acetates like I used to! Like Dave said, the smoking ban, whilst I approve, has made things different when it comes to long sets as you used to be able to get away with going more left-field at times without fear of everyone running off to smoke. You still can in certain places but you have to hold back from getting too Emerson, Lake and Palmer. (Or Emerson, Howells and Seaman)

Dave: I think because the scene is consistently evolving. It never stands still. So that means there’s always something new to learn or discover and therefore, you’re never allowed to get into a comfort one for too long before you gets left behind. Ultimately, it’s the music that keeps driving you forward. There’s still a huge buzz to be had playing a track for the first time and seeing a dance floor react with delight.

You all stem from  the hard partying early days of dance music, what do you make of the Millenials? the bracket of young people who prefer to spend money on avocado toast and would rather be teetotal than ruin their Saturday with a hangover? is the 2018 version of  dave beer/charlie chaster of yesteryear currently arranging a Sunday morning brunch?!

Darren: Well I’m doing the London Marathon this year so I think things have def. changed since the old days :) But also my hangovers take a few days to get over these days. I’ll still give it a good go every now and again of course. Just got to pick your battles. I’m sure there are a bunch of young’s getting smashed every weekend. Still out on the Sunday. They just do the avocado on sour dough midweek :)

Danny: Yeah we’re all a bit older (a bit haha!) and more sensible so I think we all take more care now. We do hit the sherry when we play together but we tend to moderate that as it can end in airport detentions and horrific aeroplane group selfies. The millennials rock but if anyone wants to know how to make a proper avocado toast or a jackfruit chilli then they need to come to me.

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Acumen ‘Modernist’ EP Out Now on Selador

acumen - modernist ep-1Frenchman Antoine Garcin (aka Acumen) will already be a familiar name to Selador fans following his superb ‘Instinct Primaire/ Femme Fatale’ EP last year as well as his remix for Lonya on ‘The World That Disappears’ and an appearance on our 5th Showcase Compilation with ‘Ici Ou Allieurs’. Be warned however, he’s only just getting started!

An artist who falls effortlessly into the ‘prolific’ category, his recent procession of releases for the likes of Last Night On Earth, Einmusika and Non Stop are soon to be followed by an entire album on his own Time Has Changed imprint. In the meantime though, we managed to grab ourselves another piece of the pie and accordingly present ‘The Modernist’ EP as our second outing of the year.

The 4 tracker consists of a brace of originals coming in two very different ‘Pre’ and ‘Post’ varieties whilst remix duties fall to the ever reliable UK producer Simon JOBE and French new boys, Yeuz both of whom we predict are destined for rather large things this year.

Pick yourself a winner.

Selador Recordings – Master modernists.


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