14. Blue Ruin
9. Skeleton Twins
8. Lego Movie
7. Gone Girl
6. Dallas Buyers Club
4. Starred Up
1. Wolf Of Wall Street
10. Indiana ‘Solo Dancing’
9. Alt J ‘Hunger Of The Pine’
8. Lana Del Rey ‘West Coast’
7. Perfume Genius ‘Queen’
6. Royal Blood ‘Ten Tonne Skeleton’
5. Little Dragon ‘Klapp Klapp’
4. Caribou ‘Can’t Do Without You’
3. Lulu James ‘Beautiful People’
2. Jungle ‘Busy Earnin’
1. Kyla La Grange ‘Cut Your Teeth’
It’s that time of year again already. Time to look back over the last 12 months and choose my music and movie highlights. Best singles, albums and films all to follow but to start us off, here’s my Top 10 club favourites of 2014…
10. Marc Romboy ‘Hypernova’ [Systematic]
9. Raw District feat. Ellipsis ‘Ragged Star’ (Josh Wink mix) [Crosstown Rebels]
8. Laurent Garnier ‘Enchanted’ [Hyper Colour]
7. Gus Gus ‘Crossfade’ [Kompakt]
6. Daughter ‘Love’ (George Thompson & Acid Rockers mix) [4AD]
5. Royksopp ‘Sordid Affair’ [Dog Triumph]
4. Patrick Topping ‘Forget’ [Hot Creations]
3. Mind Against ‘Several Times’ [Life & Death]
2. Joy Wellboy ‘Before The Sunrise’ (Dixon Mix) [B Pitch Control]
1. Sailor & I ‘Turn Around’ (Amé mix) [Life & Death]
A link to my recent interview with Zone Magazine in the UK.
After being in the scene for some time, how do you keep your music fresh and your enthusiasm still alive?
The music really takes care of itself. There’s literally thousands of new tracks being released every week so it’s not hard to continually keep your record box fresh, or USB stick as it is these days. And accordingly, the enthusiasm to keep playing naturally follows that. It’s one of the great things about the electronic music scene that things are continuously evolving so you never get chance to get bored. Just having a few new hot tracks ready to play for the weekend still gives me the same buzz as it did 20+ years ago. If that ever leaves me then it will be time to call it a day but I can’t ever imagine that happening to be honest.
Tell us a bit about Selador Recordings, any news that we should know about?
Selador is a new label I set up with my long time friend Steve Parry last year and we couldn’t be happier with the progress we’ve made. We’ve just released EPs by Robert Babicz & Affkt with my new single featuring remixes by Cristoph, Joeski, Raxon & Marc Marzenit up next. So as you can see, we’ve already become an outlet for a lot of the scene’s top producers which is no mean feat after only 18 months in business. We’ve got stacks more exciting releases lined up too plus we’ll be starting to do more of our own Selador parties in 2015. It really is going better than we could ever have hoped.
You’ve been touring a lot this year, what’s been the highlights for you?
Burning Man was the stand out this year for me. It was my first time and it really blew me away. It’s like nothing else I’ve ever been to and was very inspiring. Like a rave on the set of a Star Wars meets a Mad Max movie all curated by Salvador Dali. Just bonkers. I can’t wait for next year.
What and who are your major musical influences?
Oh God, where to start? First of all I really got into the mod revival at the end of the 70s so The Jam and the whole 2 Tone scene were my first real obsessions. Then that turned into New Order, Depeche Mode, The Human League and that whole synthesiser movement in the early 80s. Then I got into breakdancing so the original electro scene that came with that and that was what really introduced me to dance music. By the time house music arrived in 1986 I was already into DJing in a big way and the rest as they say is history.
What releases can we expect from you in the near future?
As mentioned before my next single will be coming on Selador in December. It’s called ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’. Then after that I’ve got more releases coming on Noir, Sudbeat, Sullivan Room and Tulipa early in 2015. I’ve done quite a bit studio wise this year and that’s something I plan to continue with.
What do you do for fun when not on tour?
Family, films and football kind of take care of any free time I have. Although as a Leeds United fan I’m not sure you could call that fun! haha
Your social media pages are very active with info on gigs etc, do you think this is essential to gain support from your fans?
Definitely, we’re in a new era of artist/fan relations. There is a direct rapport there that can do things that would’ve seemed impossible only a few years ago. I did the first ever crowd funded DJmix compilation last year through my online media platforms. An album for the fans funded directly by the fans. That’s a hell of a development to be able to do something like that without the need for any kind of record company middle man. And of course, when it comes to gigs, it’s the easiest way to let people know you’re coming to their area. I just hope not too many more platforms spring up as I’ll end up spending all day just keeping my social media up to date!
Lastly, which track has been rocking the dancefloor the most recently?
I love Laurent Garnier’s ‘Enchanted’ on Hyper colour. He’s managed to make a tracks that sounds old school and new school at the same time. Also Josh Wink’s remix of Raw District is amazing too. Two big big tunes for me over the last couple of months.
Dave welcome back to DMCWORLD, where in the world are you today?
On my way to the studio in East London on a very wet, grey and miserable Wednesday morning.
You have just returned from a cool 8 date tour of Mexico, Canada and North America. You were one of the first DJs to spin across the pond back in the early 90s and are perfect person to comment on the state of play over there. We hear the EDM kids are discovering new sounds every day, we had Oaky on here last week saying the trance scene is growing rapidly. How have you seen that the American scene has changed over the past 12 months?
It’s constantly evolving as always. Obviously EDM has been a powerhouse over there in recent years and continues to dominate but there seems to be a little turn in the tide of late. The underground is definitely starting to gather momentum again. You’ve only got to look at some of the big cities like New York and Miami who’ve suddenly got an abundance of strong underground venues. A few years ago both those cities were severely lacking in that department. And if you needed any further proof, look no further than the likes of Guetta, Tiesto & Aoki all starting to talk up about how they’re starting to play more deep house now, which all smells a little bit of “abandon ship” to me. Makes you wonder how long before the EDM bandwagon runs out of steam.
Loved your post on Facebook last week showing a photo of a poster from The Sound Bar in Orlando who had a sign telling people ‘No Texting On The Dancefloor’. From a DJs point of view, has the mobile on the dancefloor just gone a little too far? Everyone is either pointing them at you recording or texting their mates. I know you have to be careful here but…
It’s a very different age we live in now and dance floors today are representative of that. 20 years ago you used to have a captive audience as a DJ which is where the idea of taking people on a journey stemmed from. People used to find their spot and be there for the night except from the odd trip to the bar or toilet but now dance floors are so transient. The smoking ban started the change. All of a sudden people were in and out of the club constantly. There’s been times where I’ve felt it would be better to set the decks up in the smoking area! And then came the smart phone which is another big distraction. Dance floors always used to be a place where you forget your problems for a while, feel free and live for the moment but for a lot of people these days they seem to be more interested in documenting where they are than actually being there. It’s a strange business.
I suppose a trip to Los Angeles isn’t complete without a visit to the world’s largest record store – Amoeba on Sunset. In your own words…”heaven for music addicts”. You could spend a friggin’ day in their pal!!!!
Oh mate, talk about feeling like a kid in a sweetshop. That place is amazing. It’s like the size of a football field, wall to wall with CDs, vinyl, DVDs, etc. I spent 4 hours in there and only covered a tiny corner. I don’t know about a day in there, it would take you a week to get round the lot! And because a lot of people are getting rid of their collections, (something they’ll live to regret in my opinion) the turnover of second hand stock is incredible.
When you were Editor of Mixmag I’d always remember you struggling into the office at midday with bags full of the latest magazines. What are some of the sites you love these days that we’d find you on whiling away the hours traveling the world?
Well, DMC World of course. Haha. To be honest, I don’t devour magazines like I once used to. There used to be a time when you couldn’t get enough information but that’s certainly not the case anymore is it?!. My Twitter and Facebook feeds give me more than enough links to stuff I’m interested in and once I throw in The Independent every day and The Observer on a Sunday, that’s about all I can realistically manage.
Massive news for you right now with the release of Selador’s biggest release to date…the wonderfully titled ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’ which after appearing on your label’s Showcase compilation, now gets a fully fledged release with a BUMPER package of remixes. Please talk us through the reworks and why you chose the producers responsible…
I’m really excited by all the mixes and feel honoured to have gathered such a talented group of producers together for this release. Cristoph was the first on board as he’d been such a big supporter of my original and accordingly he’s kept a lot of what the original was all about but toughened it up in his own inimitable way. Joeski was next on the team sheet. I’ve known Joe for years and he’s had quite a renaissance this year. I love his slamming house beats, play a lot of his stuff and wanted a mix along those lines so it was a no brainer. Raxon was somebody we’d been asking to do a remix for the label for a while but it was him who approached me when he heard this track and said “that’s the one I want to do”. So I was only too happy to take him up on the offer. And finally Marc Marzenit, a big favourite of the label. I knew he was really busy finishing his album and not taking any more remixes but I thought “what the hell?” and asked anyway and he moved heaven and earth in his schedule to make it happen. Top man. It really is a big package of which I’m really proud.
And the title came about because the track actually started life as remix of Lulu James but as we never heard back from her management, we took her vocals off it and made it into an original instead. So they did is a favour actually. Works much better as an original track. A justified replacement if ever there was one
Were you surprised at all by any of the superstars supporting the track?
A little yes. Daley (Hot Since 82) really got behind it which was nice. We even spoke about him maybe releasing it on his Knee Deep label at one point he loved it so much but I’m happy to be releasing it on my own label. I don’t think my label partner Steve would’ve forgiven me if I’d have let it go somewhere else.
What are the next plans for the label?
We’ve got a load of producers lined up to do EPs for us early next year starting with Climbers, Him Self Her and Joal. Plus there’ll be another single from me, hopefully one from my my aforementioned label partner Steve Parry (if he pulls his finger out), a Robert Babicz remixes EP and another Selador Showcase compilation. That pretty much takes care of the first half of the year already!
What are the big 5 tunes in your box this weekend…please give us a sentence on each track?
Affkt ‘Moix’ Latest release on Selador from the Spanish producer that’s been huge for me all summer.
Laurent Garnier ‘Enchanted’ Amazing piano tune from the legend Laurent that manages to be both old school and nu school at the same time. Massive!
Sante ‘Awake’ Big deep house vocal track with crossover potential. That nagging ‘I’ve been awake for too long’ hook is going to resonate with a lot of dance floors.
Dave Seaman ‘Lily Of The Valley’ My latest thing that will probably come out on Selador in the Spring. New school acid house vibes in the area.
Marc Romboy ‘Hypernova’ Huge slice of melodic goodness from Marc. The sound of real, true progressive house circa 2014.
We loved your remix of Dale Middleton’s ‘Tord’ on Paul Sawyer’s excellent EJ Underground Records label. A great label heading towards their 100th release…it’s great to see the underground alive out there in the UK huh?Absolutely, Paul’s a great guy and it’s a hell of an achievement to reach 100 releases. I was only too pleased to do the remix for him. And yes, there’s plenty of people like him just beavering away doing their thing, sticking to what they believe in and keeping the scene alive with their passion. I think the underground scene in the UK right now is stronger than its been for some time. Viva Acid House!
Tune of the summer?
The Ame mix of Sailor & I’s ‘Turn Around’ takes some beating for me although Patrick Topping’s ‘Forget’ was the one that just wouldn’t go away.
A producer to watch out for in 2015?
Oh God, there’s always loads of people I could mention but off the top of my head, the aforementioned Joal will have a big year I think. And Cristoph too. And Waff hasn’t yet blown up as much as he will next year I think. Plus Fur Coat & Mind Against will go from strength to strength I’m sure.
You took the label out to Ibiza for some label parties at one of the most iconic venues on the island…Pikes. You used to own a house in Ibiza and know the island well. Afrojack and Steve Angello were interviewed on Radio 1 in July and reckoned the white isle had lost it’s mystique and was now too VIP. What are your thoughts on Ibiza in 2014?
I wasn’t really there for long enough periods their year to be an authority and how the season was as a whole but it does seem quite strange to me that the likes of Steve & Afrojack should be complaining about that. If they’re not happy they should go against the grain rather than continue to feed it. They’re certainly in a position to do so. But look, I’ve always said there’s room for everyone to do what they do and people will vote with their feet at the end of the day. I don’t think Ibiza is short of cool underground nights and if you’re spending time on the island and not coming away feeling inspired then you’re going to the wrong places. The magic is still there if you’re willing to find it.
Did you end up on the infamous Pikes karaoke?
Ha, I did yes. Guilty as charged. I vaguely remember singing along to some Bon Jovi at 6am in the morning! I just love that place. Pikes is such an institution. It was a real honour to be able to do our Selador parties there. It’s like having a big villa party with so many crazy little nooks and crannies that you’re never really sure what you’re going to find around the next corner.
Where will you be on New Years Eve and what record do you think you’ll be spinning?
I’m going to be in Bali at Jenja playing alongside Sander Kleinenberg. Not sure which one of us will be playing at midnight though so will cross that bridge when I come to it.
And finally as you look back at a great 2014, what has been your biggest achievement of the year?
It’s got to be Selador really. What we’ve managed to achieve in our relatively short existence is far and beyond what we hoped for when we started 18 months ago. And next year only looks set to be even bigger and better. Roll on 2015 I say
And so, Selador hits 18 and comes of age with what is probably our biggest release to date. Originally released as part of the label’s Showcase compilation earlier this year, Dave Seaman’s wonderfully titled ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’ now gets a fully fledged release complete with a bumper package of remixes. Well, it would be rude not to, right?
The Original mix has already had some illustrious supporters, namely Hot Since 82, Edu Imbernon and Hernan Cattaneo who’ve championed it above and beyond the call of duty. Riding in all guns blazing atop a seductive, self serving bass line, the memorable ‘I Dream Of Home’ vocal refrain lingers long in the memory distinguishing itself from the plentiful deep house wannabes. It’s a modern day anthem and no mistake.
First in line on remix duty is one of this year’s breakthrough big shots, Cristoph, who’s fast becoming the go to remixer when you want the job doing right. Already a huge fan of the original, the big Geordie has captured all that was good about the track in the first place and subtly added his own distinct flavour. So tough and chunky, it could do the truffle shuffle.
Next up is the irrepressible Joeski who’s been having quite a resurgence this year, consistently gracing the higher echelons of the major Tech House charts with his exalted presence. All hard hitting deep beats that will knock you down in one and ask questions later, this is just the kind of self assured take you’d expect from a master of his sound. Wannabes take note, this is how it’s done.
Raxon then takes up the challenge with another classy reworking. The Dubai based producer who’s recently been illuminating such labels as Noir, Tronic and Culprit with his particular brand of hypnotic Tech House sinks his teeth into the job and leaves his unmistakable mark. Uncompromising, detailed and precise, this does the necessary damage every time, no fuss, no bother.
And finally, step forward Mr Marc Marzenit to capably round things up in his own inimitable way delivering a melodic peak time workout that brings a welcome Techno slant to proceedings. The Spanish producer has been a long time favourite of our humble little label, and somehow we doubt this will be the last you’ll here from him via this portal. Always a honour to have him on our team.
And that’s it. No need to say anymore. Infact, there wasn’t really any need for any of the above if we’re honest. The music really does speak for itself on this occasion. Sorry about that
Selador Recordings. Loud and proud x
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Tracklist as follows..
1. Adam Stacks featuring Luis Baltes ‘Waterfall’ (Marc De Pulse) [Jeahmon]
2. NTFO ‘Retrospective’ [Obkektivity]
3. Rafael De Cruz ‘Renaissance’[Compost]
4. Audion feat. Troels Abrahamsen ‘Dem Howl’ (Joris Voorn) [Kompakt]
5. Sante feat. J.U.D.G.E ‘Awake’ (Agoria)[Avotre]
6. Toni Varga & De La Swing ‘Black Train’(Darlyn Vlys & HearThuG)[Form]
7. Re:You ‘Watching You’ [Mobilee]
8. Marc De Pulse ‘Drama Queen’ [Heinz]
9. Climbers ‘Down Under’ [Selador]
10. Dave Seaman ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’ (Marc Marzenit) [Selador]
11. Deetron ‘Photon’ (WP Dub) [Character]
12. Kele ‘Doubt’ (Copy Paste Soul) [Lilac]
And so the plot thickens as chapter seventeen in the ever gripping Selador story is ready for dispatch. Never being ones to shy away from the heart of the action, the Selador A&R department are proud to present an EP from a Spanish producer who’s been making tsunami size waves on the scene in the last 12 months with his distinctive brand of melodic tech house for labels such as Suara, Cecile & Get Physical.
Enter stage left.. AFFKT (the k is silent) who comes armed with two electronic battle weapons guaranteed to leave a trail of destruction behind them whenever they’re deployed. We’re just thanking our lucky stars that he’s on our side!
First up, it’s the mighty ‘Moix’. A main room tech house/techno hybrid bound together by a symphony of growling synths and interspersing swirling melodies. All with bells on. Literally! It’s tracks like these that remind us why we wanted to run a label in the first place.
‘Lagarde’ is an altogether darker affair. A lean, mean, heads down machine of a track that’s sure to ruffle a few feathers whenever your dance floor requires. That’s guaranteed or your money back. Rumours that this is in fact a dance floor tribute to Christine of the IMF however, were unconfirmed at time of going to press
First of the remixes comes from Selador favourite Robert Babicz as he takes on ‘Moix’. To say he cut it fine on making the deadline here would be to understate things somewhat but boy, did he deliver in the end. In fact we’d go as far as to say this is one of his best remixes ever. Big, bouncy and uplifting. Babicz style.
And the final name on the team sheet is one Jihed Monser, aka HearThuG, a Tunisian producer who’s consistently impressed with his deep, dark offerings over the last couple of years. So much so, we invited him to join the every growing Selador clan by remixing ‘Lagarde’. Needless to say, we’re overjoyed to have him on board.
Another proud release then from your new favourite label. And believe us, there’s plenty more with this came from. Consider yourselves warned.
Selador Recordings- Since forever. x
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Tracklist as follows..
1. &ME ‘After Dark’ (Brian Cid Private Remix) [Keinemusik]
2. Smash TV ‘World Wide What’ [Hive Audio]
3. The White Shadow ‘Flying’ [Tenampa]
4. Nicolas Massayeff ‘Vero’ [Herzblut]
5. Sven Vath ‘L’Esperanza’ (Amé)[Cocoon]
6. Dave Seaman ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’ (Cristoph)[Selador]
7. Kamara & Microvibez ‘Arina’ (Oliver Lieb) [Sudbeat]
8. Marc Romboy ‘Hypernova’ [Systematic]
9. Stan Ritch ‘No Role’ [Sintope]
10. Vince Watson ‘Sonar’ [Poker Flat]
11. Hot Since 82 ‘Womb’ [Knee Deep In Sound]
12. Francesco Yates ‘Call’ (Jonas Rathsman) [Atlantic]