My DMC World Interview with Dan Prince

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 ;-)

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‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’ Out Now on Selador Recordings

SEL_018 PackshotAnd 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

http://www.beatport.com/release/justified-replacement-of-lulu/1411469

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – November 2014

Listen again to my latest Radio Therapy Show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month exclusive at friskyradio.com and then syndicates to over 70 stations worldwide. Spread The Word! Nothing but the good stuff here ;-)

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]

 

 

 

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – October 2014

Listen again to my latest radio show which premieres exclusively on friskyradio.com on the third Tuesday of every month. Enjoy!

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]

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The ‘Three Ghosts’ Remix EP Out Now On Tulipa Recordings

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I’m delighted to say the long awaited remixes of my previously released tracks for Tulipa Recordings, ‘The Holy Ghost’ and ‘Everything Comes In Threes’ (with One Million Toys) are finally out for your delectation and receiving a rapturous reception.

 

A total of 4 remixes made the cut with contributions from D Nox & Beckers, Dousk, Kaiser Souzai & Alex Young, all of whom did fantastic jobs. Thank you to one and all. First class sonic surgery.

 

You can check them out and leave feedback here…https://soundcloud.com/tuliparecordings/sets/dave-seaman-three-ghosts-ep

And purchase your copy here..http://www.beatport.com/release/three-ghosts/1392472

Go get ‘em people ;-)

 

 

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – September 2014

Listen again to my latest radio show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month exclusively on Frisky Radio and then syndicated to 70 stations worldwide. Spread the word. Enjoy!

Tracklist as follows..

1. Him Self Her ‘Love Like You Used To (Dub)’ [Crosstown Rebels]

2. Christian Loeffler ‘All Comes’ (Mind Against) [Young Alaska]

3. Jesper Ryom ‘Aviator’ (La Fleur) [Power Plant]

4. Soul Button & Sasch ‘Unfold’ (Nick Devon)[Steyoyoke]

5. Coyu ‘Just Nin’ (Andre Lodemann) [Suara]

6. Fur Coat ‘U Turn’ [Crosstown Rebels]

7. Few Nolder ‘If’ [Connaisseur]

8. Cari Lekebusch & Zoe Xenia ‘Crazy’ [Monique Music]

9. Robert Babicz ‘One Day We’ll All Be Happy’ [Selador]

10. Who Made Who ‘Heads Above’ (Maceo Plex Dub)[Ellum]

11. Adam Beyer ‘Teach Me’ [Drumcode]

 

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – August 2014

Listen again to my latest radio show which premieres the third Tuesday of every month exclusively on Friskyradio.com

Spread the word, Enjoy!

Tracklist as follows..

1. Banks ‘Drowning’ (Tom Demac) [Harvest]

2. Danny O & Kellie Allen ‘Rewind & Play’ (Probably Me) [Mindwarp]

3. Luca Cazal ‘Mariri’ (Stacey Pullen) [Crosstown Rebels]

4. Hermanez ‘Innersphere’ [Leena]

5. Dave Seaman ‘Distraction Tactics’ [Sullivan Room]

6. Alex Niggeman ‘Earth Symphony’ [Last Night On Earth]

7. Melokolektiv ‘Left Out’ [Selador]

8. Lehar ‘Sargas’ (Mario Basanov) [Connaissuer]

9. Climbers ‘Big City Lights’ [Selador]

10. Laurent Garnier ‘Enchanted’ [Hypercolour]

 

 

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My First Burning Man

Hot off the plane from Burning Man Festival, Dave Seaman regales Mike Boorman at skiddle.com  with what it was like to party on in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the very first time..

Burning Man at night

Dave Seaman has seen a lot of things in his time, but nothing quite like what he saw last week at Burning Man Festival. He was one of the main men at clubbing institution Renaissance, he toured the US with Cream when they were taking over the world, and more recently he has been conquering Beatport with his label Selador but this man was absolutely humbled by it all. 

So tell me Dave, from the top… Burning Man: discuss!

I arrived at Reno airport on Monday night to the news that it had all shut down on Monday because they had some rain, and everything grinds to a halt because the rain basically turns the sand and dust to concrete, so I had to stay in a hotel at the airport. I only actually got to the festival on Tuesday.

You know, I was just thinking about this before, when I knew we were gonna do this interview… ‘how do you describe it?’, but it’s basically indescribable! It is like nothing else – it really is. No matter how many videos or pictures you’ve seen, nothing can prepare you for it.

I guess the best way I can describe it is if you can imagine taking the vibe and spirit of Glastonbury on the dance side of things, like Shangri-La and Block 9, mix it up with some day-time Ibiza partying, and then put all that on the moon! It really is that barren and desolate. Feed all that through a Salvador Dali dream and you’re not even close! 

Jesus!

Then you’re just surrounded by all these mad sights, like these art cars… it’s like Mad Max crossed with Whacky Races! It’s something I’ll remember forever, and I’m already planning on going next year. I only really scratched the surface being there for two days.

Mad max car Burning Man

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It Just sounds insane.

Bonkers, absolutely bonkers. You know, the day I arrived, I’d been there twenty minutes and I see Lee Burridge riding past me on a bike, wearing a pink tutu, with a flower and a headband on his head… you don’t see that every day in London. 

He’s one of the kings of Burning Man isn’t he? He’s there every year.

Yeah, he is, he told me it was his favourite week of the year, and it was “Tutu Tuesday” apparently! That was his excuse anyway.

I was playing White Ocean on Tuesday night and also I was playing Opulent Temple on Wednesday morning for the sun rise which was amazing.

Then I went out to see Robot Heart which is one of the most well known  sound systems  there… the sight of 2,000 people dressed in all these crazy outfits… I felt pretty under dressed. I’ll remember to bring my tutu next year! 

It was one of those moments, raving outside at 8:30 in the morning in the desert, with a really cool crowd… it felt like we were raving on the moon – it really did. And there was some great music out there as well – really inspirational music.

 So where were you staying? Were you in a tent?

I was staying at the White Ocean camp on a tour bus – they had cool hospitality in there. They had a load of yurts as well, but they’d got really battered by the rain the day before, so there’d been quite a big rebuilding effort that morning.
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So with that kind of thing did you sense the community spirit that we all hear about?

Absolutely. And also you go to somewhere like Distrikt and they’re just serving free drinks all day. I don’t know where the money’s coming from! 

I literally didn’t buy anything the entire time I was there. I took some gifts for people and gave them out but no one expects anything back, it’s not like ‘I’ll give you that, you give me this’ – it’s definitely an open thing with giving stuff away and not having to worry about that capitalist mentality that the world kind of revolves around 99.9% of the time.

It just sounds idyllic. I wrote an article on the story behind Carl Cox’s camp this year, and it inspired me to try and get involved with it. A week of rave enlightenment in the desert with Carl Cox!

That’s it! Nirvana! You’d have reached your peak!

Might as well retire after that! So the White Ocean camp you were playing for, were they paying the DJs? 

No. I think pretty much everybody comes to Burning Man and plays for free. I didn’t pay for my ticket, which a lot of DJs do and I was well looked after by the White Ocean camp but I DJ’ed for free and it was absolutely my pleasure. 

And White Ocean was curated by Paul Oakenfold right? Was he there all week?
He arrived on Tuesday night when I was playing. He was playing on Wednesday. It was a different music policy each night. Wednesday was more truancy.  Saturday was more techno etc. They had a really strong group of DJs. With me there were people like Nick Warren and Hernan Cattaneo, with Oakey there was Above & Beyond & Marcus Schulz etc. Then there was a Techno night with Marco Bailey & Chris Leibing. They had a heck of a lot of people on.

And in terms of production, what was it like?

They built these huge fifty foot archways and had balls of fire Jerry Lee Lewis would have been proud of – just incredible. There was so much mind blowing art there. And near us was The Temple, where people would do all sorts. There were people scattering ashes there, crying, praying, paying their respects… It’s like a non-organised religion, spiritual rave church thing they’ve got going on there. 

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Just sounds mind-blowing. I think what says it all is how keen you are to go back, so you think you’ll definitely end up playing there next year?

Yes, I’ll be back. Would love to play for White Ocean and Opulent Temple again, but also DistriktCarl Cox’s Playground Experience and Root Society too. I didn’t make my set this time at Root Society due to scheduling. I had to fly out early to make my gig in Colombia.

The best thing I could say about it is that for some people it’s such a mission to get there. People were driving twenty hours from California to get to Reno which is the closest city and it could take another twelve hours from there, and once you get to the outskirts of the camp you might be waiting four hours to get in depending on the size of the queue. So for people to actually do all that and then say, ‘right, I’ll see you next year’ – that says everything.

For me, there were eleven of us cramped together on a ten-seater tour bus with all the luggage all over us for five hours. But once you’ve done it, everyone was already planning next year. You wouldn’t plan to go through all that again unless it was something really out of this world!

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My new single ‘Distraction Tactics’ out now on Sullivan Room Records

SRR Cover - Distarction Tactics II’m very pleased to announce my new single for the New York label, Sullivan Room Records is finally out and about for you to listen, purchase and generally make you feel better about the world ;-)

It’s called ‘Distraction Tactics’ and comes with fantastic remixes from Derek Marin, Lele Sacchi & Will Monotone on what is Part 1 of a planned 2 part release. Further remixes from Zoo Brazil, Spin Science and more will drop in a couple of months.

You can listen to a clip and leave feedback here…

https://soundcloud.com/daveseaman/distraction-tactics-teaser-clip

And purchase your copy here…

http://www.beatport.com/release/distraction-tactics-pt-i/1362444

Enjoy!

 

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – July 2014

Listen again and download my latest Radio Therapy show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month on friskyradio.com #SpreadTheWord #TuneIn #Enjoy :-)

Tracklist as follows…

 

1. &Me ‘Locust’ [Keinemusik]

2. Ripperton ‘Unfold’ [Innervisions]

3. Dusky ‘Love Taking Over’ [17 Steps]

4. Roach Motel “Wild Luv’ [Get Physical]

5. Show B ‘Dem Atmos’ [Watergate]

6. Eelke Kleijn ‘Verniietig’ [Suara]

7. Lana Del Rey ‘West Coast’ (Solomun)[Polydor]

8. Little Dragon Vs. Deep Disco Vs. King Brain ‘Paris’ (Seaman’s Private Edit) [100% Pure]

9. Digitalism Feat. Youngblood Hawke ‘Wolves’ (Booka Shade)[Magnetism]

10. Daughter ‘Love’ (George Thompson & Acid Rockers)[Unofficial Remix]

11. Sailor & I ‘Turn Around’ (Ame) [Life & Death]

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