Interview With DMC World Mag about New 3D Nights


Together with long time friends Danny Howells & Darren Emerson, Dave recently launched a new series of events under the 3D umbrella kicking off at The Gallery at Ministry Of Sound, London. Just before the gig, the three perpetrators spoke with DMC World Magazine about the concept..

Dave, how and when did the brilliant idea of 3D surface between yourself, Danny Howells and Darren Emerson? 

DAVE: Danny and I had played together at The Gallery at the Ministry last year and had a great time so when we were invited back and asked who we thought would be good to join us on the line up, Darren instantly sprung to mind. We’ve all been good friends for a long time but have actually never played together before so this will be a first. We hope the first of many.

It’s a great name, come on who thought of it?

DAVE: I’ve got to take credit for that that one. It was kinda obvious really. With Danny, Dave and Darren, the threes Ds just jumped off the page. Besides, we couldn’t really have gone with our surnames as ‘SHE’ didn’t really have the same ring to it!

Darren, all three of you are constantly zipping around the world, the chances of you being in the same place at the same time must be pretty remote in the past?

DARREN: Every now and again we will cross paths. Dave & I have DJ’d together a couple of times around the world recently. I think the last time we were together at a gig was in Bogota.It doesn’t happen much though so this is a great excuse to get together as we’re all good mates ..It’s gonna be a good one for sure.

Danny, how will the actual performance work? Have you had a chat about who plays when and who plays what or are you going to freestyle it?

DANNY: The best thing about playing together with mates is that, 99% of the time, you work it all out on the night. If it’s a long night you might start off with half an hour each, then decide to switch it up and do tracks each or one track each. It keeps it exciting and spontaneous and you can react to how the crowd are feeling it.

Dave, what is about Danny and Darren’s music, style and playing made you safe in the knowledge that 3D would work?

DAVE: Well we’ve all known each other for a long time which I think counts for a lot. And even though we all have a slightly different style, we were all part of the Global Underground series and know each others music well enough to be able to dovetail relatively easily. More than anything, experience is what we have on our side.

Who do you think has the biggest rider between the three Ds?

DANNY: Ha! I bet mine’s the smallest! 😉 The most important thing for me is a decent set up and monitoring. There’s nothing worse than not being able to hear what you’re doing. Thankfully, I’ve never had an issue at Ministry, which is one of the best systems to play on in the world.

Darren, what are the plans for 3D, will we see you perform at festivals and Ibiza maybe this year?

DARREN: I certainly think 3D has legs and I’m sure the MOS gig will be the 1st of many. We’d obviously love to take it to a few festivals and Ibiza. It’s still early days of course but watch this space.

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

DAVE: Well I’m gonna go with a bit of shameless self promotion here and say my new remix of The XX called ’Violent Noise’ from their fantastic new album and also the new release on my label, Selador by Just Her called ‘On The Low’ which is a big vocal anthem. And then maybe the new remix of Oxia’s classic ‘Domino’ by Frankey & Sandrino. That’s been getting a great reaction recently everywhere I’ve played it.

Where have been the 3 ‘stand out gigs’ over the winter months?

DARREN: I’ve just got back from a tour in Japan and had a blast as always. I played at Womb in Tokyo and it was absolutely rocking. Circus in Osaka was a great gig too. I love Osaka. It’s a great club with a cool crowd. I’ve also started a Detone night in The Arch in Brighton and our nights have been superb. Alan Fitzpatrick and James Zabelia were both amazing. We have Art Department next Saturday. So yes, the Winter months have been great.

3 up and coming producers to watch out for this summer?

DAVE: Oh god, only 3?!! There’s always tonnes of producers that are blowing up. Where to start? Undercatt, Moonwalk, Doctor Dru, Hyenah, Paride Saraceni, Clavis, Drunken Kong, Bastian Bux, Kotelett & Zadak. How’s that for starters?

And finally, dance music in 2017. Are we good in a place?

DANNY: In an amazingly good place. I don’t really follow producers or labels like I would have done, say, 10 years ago. Whatpeopleplay is the joint where I buy the bulk of my music and I like to just go in there blind, listening to every track on every new release without paying attention to who it’s by and where it came from. It’s time consuming but for me it’s one of the most joyous parts about what we do. For each weekend I’ll find at least 100 tracks that I love from the deepest, almost ambient house to full throttle techno. The only downside is that I don’t get to play every single one.

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Just Her Feat. Kieran Fowkes ‘On The Low’ Out Now On Selador

just her - on the low-smallerClaire Spooner, aka Just Her, has been part of the Selador family for a couple of years now. Having already contributed two remixes as part of the Him_Self_Her duo as well as DJ’ing at one of our nights at Space Ibiza last summer, we’re delighted she’s now let us become custodians of one of her original productions, the heavenly ‘On The Low’.

Featuring her long time collaborator, Kieran Fowkes, this vocal gem is a sophisticated affair. A lesson in restrained electronic elegance. A modern day anthem to lost love. No wonder we had remixers queuing up to get their hands on it!

Italian producer Pirupa has been on our hit list for what seems like forever but the proverb that all good things come to those who wait plays out perfectly here. A punchy peak time big hitter.

Christian Prommer is another producer we’ve admired for a long time so we’re over the moon he also agreed to add his midas touch to proceedings. His distinctively Teutonic signature sound proves a perfect fit.

Finally, Athea maybe a new name to some but anyone who’s familiar with his recent work for Knee Deep In Sound will already be aware of his prodigious talent. A straight up tech house winner.

It’s quite possibly our strongest package to date. A statement of intent for the year ahead. Stand by your inboxes.

Team Selador 2017 – bossing it!


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Selador Showcase – The Fourth Dimension – Part Two – Out Now

selador showcase smallerHot on the heels of it’s elder sibling Part One, we’re very happy to now bring you the second volume of this thrilling two parter. Seven more dance floor delights from the Showcase treasure chest.

Label boss Steve Parry gets proceedings underway with ‘Luna’. Our man doesn’t release much music as he’s notoriously fussy, so we’re delighted he finally deemed this one worthy by his own lofty standards. ‘Luna’ is a hommage to his own Liverpool based parties and fuses housier elements with plenty of drive, roof raising stabs and his hallmark sprinkling of acid for good measure too. It’s a biggie!

The legendary Jaydee then steps up with ‘Basemento’. A bit of a coup for Selador as the Dutchman’s releases are probably rarer than Steve’s! Here we find a throbbing, bass driven, peak time slab of energy that will have you on the first train to Gurnsville quicker than you can say double drop.

Another dance music legend is next as Wally Lopez drops ‘Focused’. This may raise a few eyebrows as it’s a bit of a left turn from the Spaniard’s recent productions. Here he shows his darker side. Melodic and punchy but with a serious kick.. You’ve been warned.

Label favourite Joal returns after his recent ‘Magician’ release with ‘Eskimo’. Trippy and bubbly but with a composed posture, it’s the arp line that emerges into the dominant force here. Quirky and cool as always from this fine producer, it’s a head melter.

Another Selador debut follows as SQL lands a floaty yet ballsey gem in the form of ‘Phoenix’. The Dutch gent has been on our radar since day one so we were delighted when this winner landed in our inbox. Infectious, tinkling melodies are order of the day, but offset by a moody undertone. Crackerjack.

Ibizan based Alice Clark perked our ears right up when we heard ‘Chaser (Six.AM Remix)’. Channelling a retro underground Detroit house feel yet still sounding ultra fresh, this has been road tested by us many times and always delivers the goods without fail.

Rounding things off is Romanian producer, Punu. We were tipped off on this track by our mutual friend, André Hommen and it turns out he knew us well as we love it! Skippy beats reminiscent of Black Coffee collide with layer upon layer of rollercoaster melodies. Top notch.

It’s 2017 Seladorian style. The shape of things to come.


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Radio Therapy Broadcast – January 2017

Tracklist as follows..

1. Adam Port & Stereo MCs ‘Changes’ (Adam Port) [Freerange]

2. Michael Mayer & Joe Goddard ‘For You’ (Solomun) [K7]

3. Enzo Elia ‘Drifting’ [Freerange]

4. Dave Seaman ‘Voodoo Disarray’ [Selador]

5. Nasser Baker feat. Mike Hart ‘Alright’ (Huxley) [Suara]

6. Maxxi Soundsystem & Alex Banks ‘Lost In Memory’ [Moda Black]

7. Namito & Amine K ‘Falling Serpent’ [Selador]

8. Yeuz ‘Ferrari’ [Unknown]

9. Alan Fitzpatrick ‘Friday Night Dancing’ (Skream) [We Are The Brave]

10. Drunken Kong ‘Chanted’ [Terminal M]

11. Gregor Tresher ‘Quiet Distortion’ (Nicole Moudaber) [Break New Soil]

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Selador Showcase – The Fourth Dimension Compilation – Part One – Out Now

selador showcase 4 smallerAfter a 2016 to remember, Selador kickstart the new year with the fourth instalment of our acclaimed Showcase series. Putting down our marker for the year, the label has gathered together a formidable compilation that scales enviable heights. In fact, we’d go as far as to say it’s our best Showcase yet! Featuring a mix of established names side by side with several newcomers too, the release will be split into two easily digestible parts so no-one gets overlooked amongst this embarrassment of riches.

Part 1 commences with el patròn, Dave Seaman spearheading the attack courtesy of ‘Voodoo Disarray’. Employing a vocal snippet that fans of his classic Renaissance Awakenings compilation will instantly recognise, this has been a secret weapon of the Selador boys for several months. What kind of voodoo do you do?

Dee Montero & Dimitri Yakov then return to the label with a collaboration of some magnitude. The duo both reside in Ibiza for the majority of the year and the sunshine soaked vibes of the White Isle most definitely shine through on ‘Alba’. Keeping it classy.

Next up is another collaboration that hits the spot as Namito & Amine K make their Seladorian debut with ‘Falling Serpent’. A twisting and turning journey from two masters of their craft who we’re honoured to have on the label. Dance music from another dimension.

Native Behavior may be a new name to some of you but we believe the Californian is destined for big things. ‘Silence’ is his inaugural release and is a sure sign of things to come. A remarkably accomplished debut.

Anii is another artist on the rise following recent releases on Global Underground and Third Son’s Polymath. Here she delivers what we believe is her finest work to date with the distinctive and sublime ’Soma’. Sounds of the supernatural.

And finally, wrapping things up for the first part of this fearsome compilation, Marymoon joins the Selador ranks with ‘Fantom Us’. The St. Petersburg descendent and resident of the White Ocean Camp at Burning Man festival drops a monster direct from the desert. Battle-ready.

And that my friends, concludes Part 1. Look out for Part 2 following hot on it’s heels. It’s equally as devastating.

Team Selador – Happy New Year x

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – December 2016

Listen again to the final Radio Therapy Broadcast of 2016. Going out with a bang courtesy of some choice cuts from the likes of Lee Van Dowski, Agoria, Moby, Re.You and many more. Tune in in 2017 for 12 more months of the good stuff. It’s what we do :-)

Tracklist as follows..

1. Moby ‘Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?’ (Magdalena) [Diynamic]

2. Just Her feat. Kieran Fowkes ‘On The Low’ [Selador]

3. Dave Seaman ‘Voodoo Disarray’ [Selador]

4. Moritz Guhling ‘Rasied By Woves’ [Univack]

5. James Harcourt ‘Wonderland’ [Soulful Techno]

6. Eli & Fur ‘Hold Me Down’ [NYX]

7. Marc Maya ‘Teka’ [Saved]

8. Re.You ’Substitute’ (Mathias Schober) [Mobilee]

9. Wally Lopez ‘Focused’ [Selador]

10. Steve Parry ‘Luna’ [Selador]

11. Glance Off ‘Balathon’ (Lee Van Dowski) [Non Stop]

12. Third Son ‘Black Hole Escape Mechanism’ [Upon You]

13. Agoria ‘Up All Night’ [Sapiens]


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My Top Ten Club Tracks of 2016

And rounding up my end-of-year favourites, here’s my Top 10 club tracks for 2016. Everyone a winner. Enjoy!

1. Andre Lodeman ‘Last Exit’ [Freerange]

2. Booka Shade ‘White Rooms’ (Jonas Rathsman) [Blaufield]

3. Clavis ‘Cydalise’ [Freerange]

4. Dave Seaman ‘Nightfalls’ (Lee Van Dowski) [Selador]

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

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

7. Noir & Olivier Giacomotto ‘Reste’ (Raxon) [Tronic]

8. Damian Lazarus ‘Trouble At The Seance’ (Kölsch) [Crosstown Rebels]

9. Stephan Bodzin ‘IX’ (Marc Romboy) [Herzblut]

10. Tom Peters ‘Two Of Us’ (Tim Engelhardt) [Selador]

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Best Albums of 2016

My 2016 year-end round-ups continue with my favourite albums of 2016. Will be back soon with my best club tracks of the year.

1. Petite Noir ‘La Vie Est Belle’

2. Radiohead ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’

3. Underworld ‘Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future’

4. Bon Iver ’22, A Million’

5. Glass Animals ‘How To Be A Human Being’

6. James Blake ‘The Colour In Anything’

7. Anohni ‘Hopelessness’

8. De La Soul ‘And The Anonymous Nobody’

9. Quantic presents Flowering Inferno ’1000 Watts’

10. Various Artists ‘La Torre – Volumen Uno’

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My Favourite songs of 2016

It’s that time again. Time to reflect on another fantastic 12 months of music. As has now become customary, I will spilt my year-end Top 10s up into Best Singles, Best Albums & Best Club Cuts and if I get chance, films too. So with no further ado, here are my Top 10 singles of 2016. Enjoy :-)

10. Coldcut ft. Roots Manuva ‘Only Heaven’

9. Wild Beasts ‘Get My Bang’

8. Massive Attack ft, Hope Sandoval ‘The Spolis’

7. NZCA Lines ‘Two Hearts’

6.Cassius  ft. Cat Power & Mike D ’Action’

5. Joan As Policewoman & Lazor Davis ‘Broke Me In Two’

4. James Blake ‘Radio Silence’

3. David Bowie I Can’t Give Everything Away

2. DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels ‘Nobody Speak’

1. Underworld ‘If Rah’

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