My recent interview with 365 Mag

- First of all, congratulations on your successful Kickstarter Mix CD campaign. It’s the very first Mix CD funded solely by fans. Could you tell us why you decided to go for a Kickstarter campaign?

I just wanted to do something different to be honest. I’d done almost 30 mix compilations through traditional channels with the likes of Global Underground & Renaissance and doing another one of those felt a bit “same old, same old”. Taking the Kickstarter option was a out of my comfort zone, a bit of a risk and sometimes you have to do that just to feel alive. I also firmly believe that this is going to become an increasingly popular way in which artists and their audiences make things happen. By cutting out the middle and opening up a direct line of communication between fans and artists, can lead to all sorts of interesting possibilities. 

- After this success, do you think many campaigns will follow?

I don’t see why not. We learnt a lot on our first campaign. And there are definitely things we would do differently next time and other ideas that have since developed. I certainly hope it won’t be my last foray into crowd funding. 

- You’ve said the Mix CD is in a niche market again. Why do you think this is?

Because those days so many more people are downloading their music digitally and as a result physical formats have suffered greatly. But there is still a market for CDs & vinyl. I for one, and I know i’m not alone, still like to buy physical stuff. I’m a collector. I have a library at home with all my vinyl, CDs, DVDs & books. It’s my favourite room. I don’t get that kind of relationship from my hard drive! From disposable files on a computer. And I think that there will always be people who will agree with me. Cloud computing maybe the ultimate in convenience but it’s very soulless. 

- Some people would think a Mix CD is just as easily put together as a DJ set. Could you show us some insight in the process of creating a Mix Compilation? What are the main things you have to deal with?

Maybe for some people it is just like recording a DJ set but for me, I spend weeks and weeks crafting these albums. I want them to be extra special, to stand the test of time and I utilise all the tools available to me to make an album that just wouldn’t be possible to do as a live set. With software programmes like Ableton you can layer upon layer tracks so that they all almost become remixed in the process. For me it’s not just about segueing from one track to the next, it’s about creating a collage of audio that is coherent as one single piece. Also, when you’re doing a live set you don’t have to worry about the licensing process which is another major factor you have to throw into the mix.  

- You’re the founder of the Audio Therapy label and helped found Stress Records. Recently you decided to start up a new label – together with Steve Parry – called Selador Recordings. What do you want to accomplish with Selador?

To put out great music. Plain and simple. I love the process. I didn’t realise how much I’d missed it after closing Audio Therapy a couple of years ago but am so glad to be back in the game. And Steve is the perfect partner. We’ve know each other for such a long time and I think our tastes complement each other. His enthusiasm is infectious too. Which always helps :-)

- How do you select new artists for the label?

There’s no hard or fast rules. We’re always on the look out. The first release on the label from Samu.l came about as he is a friend of my cousin and I heard it as demo over a year ago. The Paul Rutherford ‘Get Real’ release was something that Steve had always wanted to put out as it’s one of his favourite tracks ever. 

- You’ve been the editor at Mixmag from 1988 till 1991 if I’m not mistaken. When was the point in life you decided to leave the music journalism business and focus on a different music career instead? Were you already a DJ before starting at DMC/Mixmag?

Yeah it was just a choice that i had to make as I couldn’t keep doing everything. At least not to the standard I want to do things anyway. If you spread yourself too thinly then something has to give and my DJing and Production careers were starting to take off so it was the journalism that I had to leave behind. I decided I’d much rather be a bird than an ornathologist! :-)

- Got any other big things we should keep our eyes on?

I’ve got quite a lot of productions on the horizon. First up is my new collaboration with John Fleming, the follow up to last years Pixelated, which is called Unexpected Item In The Packing Area. That’s coming out on Pro B Tech with remixes from Hernan Cattaneo & Martin Garcia plus one from Dubspeeka too. Then there’s a new thing I did with Guy Mantzur called ‘Feline’ that’s being released through Mihalis Safras’ Playmobil label with a remix from Mihalis himself. After those look out for collaborations with One Million Toys and Funkagenda which will be both out before the end of the year. I’ve also got a couple of remixes to do soon too. I’ve been busy pretty studio wise this year. 

- Are you a coffee drinker? How do you drink it?

Medium Latte with two sweeteners please :-)

 

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – August 2013

Listen again to the August edition of my Radio Therapy show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month on friskyradio.com Download now also available. Enjoy :-)

Tracklist as follows..

1. Ella Fitzgerald ‘Blue Skies’ (Maya Jane Coles )[Verve]

2. Green Velvet ‘Bigger Than Prince’ (Hot Since 82) [Circus]

3. Elekfantz ‘Diggin On You’ (Solomun) [DOC]

4. Leftfield ‘Song Of Life’ (Betoko) [Hope]

5. Primal Scream ‘Invisible City’ (Daniel Avery) [Ignition]

6. Jimpster ‘Porchlight & Rocking Chairs’ (KiNK) [Freerange]

7. Joe Goddard ‘Bassline ’12′ [DFA]

8. Paul Rutherford ‘Get Real’ (Darren Emerson) [Selador]

9. Nick Dow ‘Living Shadow’ [Herzblut]

10. Gabriel Ananda ‘Let It In & Let It Out’ [Suara]

11. Yousef & The Angel ‘Float Away’ [FFRR]

 

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Dave Seaman & John 00 Fleming ‘Unexpected Item In The Packing Area’ Out Now

Unexpected-Item-In-The-Packing-Area-Screenshot-Art-300x294 (300x294)My latest collaboration with John 00 Fleming, the follow up to 2012′s ‘Pixelated’ is now ready and served for your delectation on fledgling Scottish imprint Pro B Tech. A chunky slice of tech house peppered with a few choice old school flavours and a couple of searing roof raising builds, this has been doing some serious damage for me on dance floors right around the world for several months now. It also comes with two superb remixes. The first, by Hernan Cattaneo & Martin Garcia, is driven by one serious groove overlaid with some gorgeously twisted melodics and this is amply backed up by another surefire winner by the Bristol beat merchant that is Dubspeeka. This remix is much more stripped back and bass heavy but equally drenched in melancholic beauty. Infact, both parties have outdone themselves and for that, I thank them wholeheartedly. Avoid disappointment.. grab your copy of ‘Unexpected Item In The Packing Area’ now!

http://www.beatport.com/release/unexpected-item-in-the-packing-area/1135034

 

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Selador Sessions Volume 1 track list unveiled

In April 2013 Dave Seaman once again made mix compilation history. 24 years previously he had been the first DJ to mix a compilation CD, alongside Carl Cox to deliver Mixmag Live Volume 1. And in an area that has evolved countlessly since, stretched to breaking point in recent times, he proved not only the enduring interest in the art form but that it also could remain ground- breaking.

Putting his reputation, and that of his fledgling record label Selador Records founded with Steve Parry, on the line, Dave reached the funding target with 11 days to spare of the initial 28 day campaign through the crowd funding website Kickstarter. In the end, the total figure raised was £32,000, seven thousand more than the £25,000 needed to make this limited edition album. With the album now finished, Dave has begun embarking on delivering the rewards to those who pledged, including DJ lessons & private parties and was naturally elated and excited about the compilation:

“It was something out of my comfort zone, a bit of a risk and therefore fresh and exciting. Sometimes you just have to go out on a limb just to feel alive”, said Dave. “Continuing to make mix compilations in the traditional way was becoming to feel like I was just going through the motions. Plus, this was also a way of being able to give something back to my fans that had supported my compilations over the years by offering special rewards that just wouldn’t have been possible through the usual retail outlets.”

The mixes themselves reflect Dave and Selador’s current stylistic choices, with a focus on upfront twenty first century house music. Naturally the label and Dave’s own production output is represented, with five tracks from each, but there is also music from the finest imprints such as Crosstown Rebels, Hot Flush, Get Physical, Circus Recordings, Dirtybird, Systematic, Diynamic and Cocoon. 

As you’d expect from a forward thinking idea, the producers involved are just as cutting edge. With CD1 opening via the abstract sonics of Alpines in Maribou State remix form, the rest of the disc weaves through the bleepy electronica of Dominik Eulberg, the deep techno of M.A.N.D.Y and Damian Lazarus and the warped tech house of Fairmont. CD2 offers further adventures through Gabriel Ananda and Scuba’s takes on melodic deep-house, Solomun’s noir-disco, the anthemic jackin’ sound of Breach and the gorgeous strung out percussive beauty that is ‘Hoyle Road’ from Pedestrian.

If there’s a more expertly crafted mix compilation this year, we’d like to hear it!

 

Full Tracklisting

CD1

1. Alpines ‘Empire’ (Maribou State) [Alpines]

2. Ryan Murgatroyd ‘Bantwanas Piano’ [Tenth Circle]

3. Lake People ‘Point In Time’ [Krakatau]

4. Dominik Eulberg ‘Noch Ein Bass Im Armel’ [Herzblut]

5. Sven Dohse ‘Am Wald’ [Prestige Weltweit]

6. Coyu & Edu Imbernon ‘Open Air’ [Suara]

7. Blondish feat. Thomas Gandey ‘Voyeur’ (Jay Shepheard & Martin Dawson mix) [Get Physical]

8. Han Haak ‘Jezebel’s Milk’ (Piemont mix )[Selador]

9. Wehbba ‘On You’ [Tronic] c/w Rychard ‘Marionette’ (accapella) [Selador]

10. Damian Lazarus ‘Neverending’ (M.A.N.D.Y)[Get Physical]

11. Dave Seaman ‘The Holy Ghost’ (Florian Meindl mix) [Tulipa]

12. Piemont ‘Okinawa’ [Plumbum]

13. Dave Seaman & John Fleming ‘Pixelated’ [Outside The Box]

14. Paul Rutherford ‘Get Real’ (Pete Gooding mix) [Selador]

15. Fairmont ‘Libertine’ (Nitin & Clayton Steele mix) [My Favourite Robot]

16. Dave Seaman & John Fleming ‘Unexpected Item In The Packing Area’ [Pro B Tech]

17. Mylan ‘Memory’ (BP Land Van Wij mix) [Coochy]

18. Marc Romboy & Ken Ishii ‘Seiun’ (Max Cooper mix) [Systematic]

 

CD2

1. Samu.l ‘Restless Dreams’ (Dave’s Staring At The Ceiling Mix) [Selador]

2. Dubspeeka ‘Lost’ [Hope]

3. Gabriel Ananda ‘Rims & Prophets’ [100% Pure]

4. Luke Fair ‘Long Road’ (Inxec mix) [Espai]

5. Dave Seaman ‘Roman Casseta’ (Inxec mix) [Tenampa]

6. Chris Gavin & Tony Hell ‘Fog Trench’ [Pumpz]

7. Scuba ‘Too Strong’ [Circus]

8. Scuba ‘Hardbody’ [Hot Flush]

9. Kink & Catz ‘n Dogz ‘Bad Love’ [Dirtybird]

10. Solomun ‘Yesnomaybe’ (Dub) [Diynamic]

11. Jamie Jones ‘Tonight In Tokyo’ (Breach mix) [Crosstown Rebels]

12. Sante & Frank Lorber ‘All About’ [Cocoon]

13. Joel Mull ‘Tintin’s Journey’ [Last Night On Earth]

c/w Azari & III ‘Indigo’ (Accapella) [Dim Mak]

14. Dave Seaman & Funkagenda ‘Naughty Forest’ [Selador]

15. One Million Toys ‘Ohara’ [Freegrant]

16. Pedestrian ‘Hoyle Road’ [Born Electric]

17. Cat Power ‘Cherokee’ (Nicolas Jaar mix) [Matador]

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This Is Progressive Interview

Here’s my recent interview with the This Is Progressive website talking dance music journalism, Kickstarter, EDM and the sullying of the Progressive name…..

 

Recently we caught up with one of the most worlds most recognised and respected industry veterans, Dave Seaman, who has since from the 1980’s, earned his credentials playing weddings and birthdays, through to playing to crowds in their tens of thousands around the world. Dave has provided the soundtrack to generations of clubbers, world wide with his unique and honest progressive house sound.

With over 90 releases to his name, owner of new label Selador Recordings, a monthly podcast (Radio Therapy) and a global tour schedule that puts the most seasoned traveller to shame, Dave Seaman is as energetic and passionate about the music industry and the people who see him weekly as he has ever been.

With Mixmag celebrating 30 years – You were the first editor of Mixmag, Where do you see the state of dance music journalism right now? 
I think it’s like the old wild west out there. Hahaha. Basically anyone with an opinion can post up blogs and reviews masquerading as journalism these days and so finding the quality stuff amidst all the noise is increasingly difficult. When I was a teenager, the only source of information i had fro dance music was James Hamilton’s 2 pages in Record Mirror every week and now it’s just information overload. Crazy. I think places that people trust on line to give them the quality they’re looking for will be come increasingly important. We’re really still just at the beginning of this digital revolution and still finding our feet.

I see you played in Israel at Arcadia beach to over 25 000 people, one if the biggest crowds you have experienced, how was it?
Amazing. Quite a buzz I’ll tell you. There were people for as far as the eye could see. A real spectacle. Just a shame that police felt they couldn’t control it so shut us down early.

You have always nurtured younger talent, whether it be taking them on tour, putting them on your label, etc. Do you feel a responsibility to help out as a mentor?
I don’t necessarily feel responsible but it’s something I enjoy doing. It’s nice to be able to pass on a little wisdom and knowledge and open a few doors if possible. People did it for me and so I think I should do tyne same for others. Do as you would be done to and all that.

Where do you see the dance music world going right now?
I really don’t analyse the scene like that. That’s your job! You’re the journalists. Hahaha. I’ve been doing this too long to get bogged down in all that stuff. I’ll leave all that to the ornithologists while I just carry on life being a bird ;-) Basically, it all goes round in circles and will be here forever and a day.

You recently entered the world of kickstarter funding for your mix cd. How did this come about and what has the experience been like?
I’d been asked to do another Renaissance Masters but it really felt like I was repeating myself and I could tell that for everyone around me there was a general ambivalence towards it so when my agent Sara suggested Doing a crowd funding project it just felt fresh and different. I think the fact that it was a risk made it so exciting and it had never been done before, a crowd funded DJ mix compilation, so there was an instant attraction. I’m still a bit overwhelmed that we managed to pull it off and with so much time to spare. It’s definitely something I’d consider doing again sometime and something that I think a lot of other DJs might consider now.

How do you prepare for a mix album? It must take a lot planning. Where does one start? First of all you just throw the net out as far and wide as possible to get as much new music as possible. Then you sift through the catch and pick out all the goodies. Then you try to license everything that you might want on the album and finally mix together what you have cleared to use. It’s a long process. A 3 month job a t least. A painstaking but ultimately very rewarding labour of love.

Much has been said about the US and EDM market, how has this affected your more underground sound?
It doesn’t really bother me too much. There’s always been an overground and an overground and they need each other to exist and to keep the world turning. It does annoy me how much that scene is driven by money rather than music though. It’ll have it’s day and then will pass as soon as there’s something else for the corporate vultures to get their teeth into.

The name progressive has been tarnished and mismatched over the years. What is your view?
I never bothered for a long time but now I must admit it irks me a bit. What people call progressive house these days is not progressive, it’s cheesy pop music that used to be Euro Dance in the late 80s/ early 90s. Real progressive house was an underground thing. But it’s the same for most genres. What people call Deep House now and what people call Techno now are not what I understand those genres to be. It’s all a mess. The lines between all the genres have become so blurred that none of them make sense anymore. But I don’t see a solution to be honest. They’re a necessary evil, genres. We have to divide the music up somehow otherwise it would be impossible to know where to start with the 10,000 tracks a week coming out on Beatport!

What advice do you have for up and coming DJs? 
Work hard, be humble and stick to your guns.

Lastly, anything exciting you can share with us for 2013?
Well, the Kickstarter CD is my main project but I have a lot of collaborative productions coming out too. I did a track with Guy Mantzur called Feline which is coming out on Mihalis Safras’ Playmobil label, a track with John Fleming which is coming out on Pro B Tech with remixes from Hernan Cattaneo and Martin Garcia & Dubspeeka and I’ve also just finished a track with Funkagenda which has been huge for me in my sets. And there’s plenty more where they all came from too. I’m making a point of getting into the studio a lot more this year. Watch this space.

http://thisisprogressive.com/website/news/dave_seaman_interview.html

 

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Digital Mixtape Volume 7

Number seven in my occasional series of DJ mixes taken from live sets from around the world. This one is an excerpt from my gig earlier this year in San Francisco. Enjoy!

Tracklist as follows..

1. Matt Tolfrey ‘Dark Side Of The Disco Ball’ [Leftroom]

2. Gabriel Ananda ‘Sheets & Shakers’ [100% Pure]

3. Dapayk & Padberg ‘Don’t Sleep’ [Mo's Ferry]

4. Yousef ‘Beg’ (Hot Since 82) [Defected]

5. Pirupa ‘Hunters’ [Toolroom]

6. Sante ‘Make Me’ [Desolat]

7. Namito & Ramon Tapia ‘Decay’ [Systematic]

8. Ramon Tapia ‘Y Not’ [Say What]

9. Charles Ramirez ‘Wild Groove’ [Hall Of Fame]

10. Belocca & Pleasurekraft ‘Murdered Out’ (Tube & Berger) [Suara]

11. Samu.l ‘Restless Dreams’ (Dave Seaman) [Selador]

12. Coyu & Ramiro Lopez ‘Make Em Clap’ [Suara]

13. George Morel ‘My Thing’ [Suara]

14. Chus & Ceballos & Marlon D ‘Partenza’ [Stereo]

15. Jay Lumen ‘Femme Fatale’ [100% Pure]

16. Dosem & Supernova ‘The Good Way’ [Break New Soil]

17. Eelke Kleijn ‘Rauwdouwer’ [Sudbeat]

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – July 2013

Listen again to my latest Radio Therapy show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month on Frisky.fm

Enjoy :-)

Tracklist as follows…

1. Holtoug ‘Everybody ‘ (Rosa Lux mix) [Connaisseur]

2. Dusky ‘Mr Man’ [Anjunadeep]

3. TV Baby ‘New York Is Alright’ (Maetrik) [Ellum]

4. The XX ‘Tides’ (Dixon) [Young Turks]

5. Thomas Schumacher  feat. Chelonis R. Jones ‘Is Your Kettle On?’ [Electric Ballroom]

6. Steve Bug ‘Lion On The Hunt’ [Get Physical]

7. Henry Saiz feat. Cornelia. Fill Me Up’ (Edu Imbernon) [Natura Sonoris]

8. Paul Ritch ‘FFF’ [Circus]

9. Paul Woolford ‘Untitled’ [Hot Flush]

10. Mano Le Tough “Everything You’ve Done Before’ (Dixon) [Permanent Vacation]

11. waFF ‘Beatmakerz’ [Cocoon]

12. Rychard ‘Marionette’ (Beaumont Stanford) [Selador]

13. Foals ‘Late Night’ (Solomun) [Transgressive]

 

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Resident Advisor Top Ten – July 2013

Here’s my latest chart for those lovely people at residentadvisor.net

Happy Hunting. Choo, Choo :-)

1. Foals ‘Late Night’ (Solomun remix) [Transgressive]

2. Dave Seaman & Funkagenda ‘Naughty Forest’ [Selador]

3. The XX ‘Tides’ (Dixon mix) [Young Turks]

4. Rudimental ‘Right Here’ (Hot Since 82 mix) [Black Butter]

5. Henry Saiz ‘Fill Me Up’ (Edu Imbernon mix) [Natura Sonoris]

6. Dave Seaman & John Fleming’ Unexpected Item in the packing Area [Pro B Tech]

7. Scuba ‘Too Strong’ [Circus X]

8. Steve Bug ‘Lion On The Hunt’ [Get Physical]

9. TV Baby ‘New York Is Alright’ (Maetrik mix) [Ellum]

10. Rychard ‘Marionette’ (Beaumont Stanford mix) [Selador]

http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/daveseaman/top10?chart=140522

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – June 2013

Listen again to my latest radio show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month on Frisky.fm (friskyradio.com). Enjoy :-)

Tracklist as follows..

1. Maya Jane Coles feat. Karin Park ‘everything’ (Blondish Mix) [I/AM/ME]

2. Noir & Sandy Rivera ‘SOTOM’ (Noir’s version) [Noir]

3. Just Be feat. Jesse Monroe ‘Don’t Make Me Wait For You’ [Crosstown Rebels]

4. Simon Baker New Chapter’ [Last Night On Earth]

5. Piemont ‘Haunted Place’ [Plumbum]

6. Kink & Catz n Dogz ‘Bad Love’ [Dirtybird]

7. Alex Ketzer ‘Falling Off’ (Sandrow M) [Uncanny Valley]

8. Dapayk Solo ‘Sunny Side Up’ [Mo's Ferry]

9. Stephan Hinz ‘Bloom’ (Robert Babicz) [Blu Fin]

10. Robert Babicz ‘Bensberg’ [Systematic]

11. Han Haak ‘Jezebel’s Milk’ (Stelios Vassiloudis) [Selador]

12. Electric Rescue ‘Geode’ [Bedrock]

13. Deetron feat. Oversoul7 ‘Out Of My Head’ (George Fitzgerald) [Music Man]

 

 

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My new single ‘Holy Ghost’ out now on Tulipa Recordings

TULIPA054-1My new single ‘The Holy Ghost’ is out now on Tulipa Recordings complete with remixes from Florian Meindl, Alex Miles & Swyft. Inspired by Renegade Soundwave’s 25 year old acid house classic ‘The Phantom’, which I played for the first time in years recently and then couldn’t help but resuscitate that classic vocal sample and introduce it to a new generation. Hope you like it. If you do, you can grab yourself a copy here…

http://www.beatport.com/search?query=dave+seaman+holy+ghost

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