Ahead of our back 2 back set ay The Sudbeat Showcase night for The Gallery at the Minstry Of Sound in London, two former journalists play both interviewer and interviewee. In a perfect world, all Q&A sessions would be as much fun as this! 😉
Dave: Hi Matt, It’s been a long time since we last DJed together. Wasn’t it at Shindig in Newcastle 6 or 7 years ago? How’s things? Are you still loving DJing and producing just as much as you always did? Or has the digital age taken any shine off one of the best jobs in the world?
Matt: Yeah that was a long time ago – though we last crossed paths after the Renaissance gig you & Henry played at Village Underground a few years back; you returned to the hotel just as I was giving an extremely angry blonde stripper with a mascara-pencil beard her cab-fare home. There really was an innocent explanation but your best discrete thousand-yard stare was much appreciated So the job, yeah – still enjoying the actual time in the studio & the booth as much as ever, maybe more. Loving the industry a little less on the other hand; on the production side it seems that Silicone Valley has finally succeeded in turning us all into unpaid interns for previously salaried roles. A society where all the effort & love that goes into making music is held to be as good as valueless hurts my heart a bit.
Dave: I’m about to do the next Across Borders mix CD following in your footsteps after your Across Borders: London release earlier this year. I must admit, I’m finding it harder and harder to do these compilations, mainly due to licensing issues and the amount of time they take to complete. How did you find the process this time? Do physical Mix CDs still have their place today or are they a breed on the edge of extinction?
Matt: It was a big issue for me too before I accepted. I think I answered this quandary by turning all the constraints on their head; I didn’t worry about time, I didn’t worry about being bleeding-edge upfront, I didn’t worry about exclusives. I just made the mix that most captured what I wanted to say about music at that moment. I invested lots of effort into developing an artwork concept that complemented the music, which was as rewarding a process as the musical selection. The physical CD aspect was actually a late change of plan – Armada originally envisaged the mix as a digital release; although I gently urged them to reconsider (i.e. bombarded them with cheeky/begging/wheedling messages throughout the entire process) it was only once we got towards the end that it became unanimously agreed that this would have to be a physical release too. I guess that says something about the physical format today – for all sorts of reasons artists, labels & fans alike still want that object that they can play in their car or stick on the shelf alongside their other favourite music.
Dave: I saw a post of yours recently that said you’re sick of artists never speaking their minds anymore. How everyone is scared nowadays of upsetting someone. Which artists do you admire in regards to that? Who do you think never gives a fuck and always tells it like it is despite the consequences?
Matt: Well, first of all I’m as guilty as the next person – who wants to be bucking the trend when the big bucks are in trending? If you don’t bring something of mass appeal to the table you’re looking down the wrong end of a Facebook algorithm that’s already decided that you’re basically weird – and not in a good way, more in a ‘the kid everyone shunned at school’ way. Brash opinionated guys like Deadmau5 & Diplo cut through all the noise, but not because they have anything truly controversial to say; it’s all 90% music, music industry gossip & bitching – & Facebook LOVES that. it’s ruthlessly on topic, they’re behaving in the way the lowest common denominator expects a DJ to behave (no interests outside of DJing, no introspection). If you’re not riding that particular train then you better be hand-hearting & ’thank you (insert city), really felt the love last night’-ing because that’s the only other thing Facebook has deduced the aggregated fan-entity wants from us.
And maybe that’s the point – there could very well be a whole host of socially conscious, awakened, eloquent polymath musos out there but they’ll never pop up in our feed as long as one pop/EDM buffoon is slating another for forgetting to plug in the mixer during their 20 minute set at WonderValleyDaisyLand.
Dave: Culture Vulture time, tell us a few things that you have heard, seen or read that have particularly inspired you so far in 2015.
Matt: Petrels “Flailing Tomb” is a wonderful album, the latest offering from the insanely prolific Oli Barrett; it covers the monumental noisecore symphonies & intimate mogadon introspection that Petrels is known for while also setting out a full-on three part krautrock exploration that entirely won me over by the time it reached an unexpectedly ferocious climax that even Motorhead would be proud of. Just caught the full live band version of this last week featuring no fewer than three drummers – ROCK. Actually, come to mention it – at the same gig was a band called Mothers who were fantastic live. Get on them too – they used to be called Aeroplane Flies High if you want a look on youtube. I really never watch TV unless it’s old comedies with my kids, so I can verify that Father Ted & Flight Of The Conchords are still funny. I’ve got a few interesting books on the go – Tacitus “The Annals”, Alfred Lansing “Endurance” & I’m re-reading Robert Harris “Officer & A Spy” – all historical.
Dave: When was the last time you cried and why?
Matt: Last week I got a bit teary watching “Wreck-It Ralph” with my 5-year old daughter.
Dave: What do you do in moments of weakness?
Matt: Forget that it was all my own choices that lead me here.
Dave: In a nutshell, what is your philosophy?
Matt: There’s a Haruki Murakami quote about beliefs, which I think applies equally to philosophy & any judgement-based perception of the world –
“Most people are not looking for provable truths. As you said, truth is often accompanied by intense pain, and almost no one is looking for painful truths. What people need is beautiful, comforting stories that make them feel as if their lives have some meaning…If a certain belief—call it ‘Belief A’—makes the life of that man or this woman appear to be something of deep meaning, then for them Belief A is the truth. If Belief B makes their lives appear to be powerless and puny, then Belief B turns out to be a falsehood. The distinction is quite clear…It means nothing to them that Belief B might be logical or provable. Most people barely manage to preserve their sanity by denying and rejecting images of themselves as powerless and puny”
So the nearest thing I have to a philosophy is to keep in mind the ‘truth’ so eloquently stated in that quote; which also makes for a great circular Catch-22 mind game.
Basically I’m an upbeat nihilist
Matt: First time I played MOS I found myself standing in the street trying futilely to get back in about 7 minutes after I came off the main stage, & ended up being rescued by 90s ‘yoof’ tv icon Normski. What was your first/weirdest Ministry Of Sound experience (as either a dj or clubber)?
Dave: I can’t recall any quirky or crazy stories from the Ministry to be honest but I do remember my first time. It wasn’t long after it opened, David Morales was playing and the sound system was something else. It was the best the UK had seen at the time and remains mightily impressive to this day. The Ministry is such an institution now. As much of a tourist attraction for young people visiting London as Madame Tussauds is for waxwork enthusiasts or Tower Bridge is for people who like dungeons. Long may it continue.
Matt: If you were to head a particular ministry (real or imaginary & bearing in mind that Sound is already taken) what would you be Minister of? What would you do in your role?
Dave: Definitely football. Although I’d probably have to work on my corruption skills. First of all I’d find a very rich sugar daddy for Leeds United and then I’d basically make the rules up as I went along to ensure England held and won every World Cup from here on. And for half time entertainment at every game I’d throw Mr Blatter and his cronies to the lions for a little light hearted fun 😉
Matt A long time ago in a galaxy far far away you edited iconic dance magazine Mixmag & I wrote for music-tech bible Future Music – was the writing ever its own passion for you or was it always subsidiary to the music dream?
Dave: I did really enjoy my time at Mixmag. I was Editor from ’88 to ’91 so they were really exciting times. Covering the cultural revolution that was going on back then was something I have fond memories of but to be honest, DJing was always my first love and I prefer writing songs to articles.
Matt: Do you think you’ll ever write the book(s) Dave Seaman’s got in him? What would it be about?
Dave: I would love to do a book. I’m pretty sure I could come up with a half decent memoir. There’s plenty of stories to tell. But having the time is my biggest problem with this. It’s a big undertaking and I struggle to keep on top of everything as it is. Maybe one day though, perhaps when I slow down a little on the touring, but I can’t see that happening anytime soon.
Matt: Who’s your favourite seaman (either historical or fictional)?
Dave: Captain Pugwash 😉
Matt: Who’s your favourite Dave?
Dave: Well it’s definitely not Cameron. And Beckham and Dangerous ‘Roll Another Phat One’ Pearce don’t quite have the credentials to be real favourites. Dave Grohl seems like a very nice man, but I think I’ll go for Attenborough. He’s a Dave’s Dave if ever there was one!
Listen again to the July edition of my Radio Therapy show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month exclusively on Frisky Radio and then syndicates to over 80 more stations worldwide. Nothing but the good stuff each and every month. Spread the word 😉
Tracklist as follows..
1. Andhim feat. Super Flu ‘Mr Bass’ [Monaberry]
2. Eagles & Butterflies ‘Lost In A Dream’ (Sascha Braemer) [Spread Your Wings]
3. Just Her ‘Chapters’ [Suara]
4. &ME ‘Woods’ [Keinemusik]
5. Soul Circuit feat. Maverick Sabre ‘Rolling With Me’ (Huxley) [Ultra]
6. Eekkoo & Flowers and Sea Creatures ‘4th Bell’ (Henry Saiz Dub) [Natura Sonoris]
7. Clarian ‘I Was Born In Outer Space’ [Anjuna Deep]
8. Hot Since 82 ‘Play The Room’ [Saved]
9. Vaults ‘Cry No More’ (Sasha Mix) [EMI Virgin]
10. Quivver ‘Wait For You’ (D Nox & Beckers) [Selador]
11. Luzon ‘The Baguio Track’ (Cristoph) [Yoshi Toshi]
My latest remix is out now on Lapsus Music, the label run out of Italy by Supernova. The track is deep slice of Tech House called ‘Let Me’ by Habischman featuring the vocals of Thomas Gandey. Hope you like it
Click here for your copy..
Dave welcome back to DMC World…you’ve just got back from another memorable Glastonbury…how are you smelling? Ha! Not too bad thanks. We bought a cheap second hand caravan specifically for festivals last year which did have a working shower but alas, it failed us this year so we had a make do with a couple of “Glastonbury Showers”, otherwise known as a quick once all over with the baby wipes :-/
Well what a weekend. Let’s kick off with the whole Kanye West discussion. Forgetting the words to Bohemian Rhapsody, Lee Nelson invading the stage, “the greatest rock star on the planet” quote, his clobber…and THAT flag!! What was your take on the whole show – was he worthy of headlining the event?
We only saw about 20 minutes of his set which was all a bit shoddy in my opinion but if you judge your rock stars on who’s making the most noise/getting the most attention in the media then he’s definitely up there. He seemed to make the whole Festival about him which is no mean feat. And there’s no denying he is a talented producer who’s made a succession of good albums over the last decade. But when people start comparing him to Prince and Stevie Wonder at the height of their powers, they need to have a word with themselves and get a grip. To really be the biggest rock star on the planet, you need more than 4 or 5 tracks that have crossed over into the consciousness of the mainstream and really be able to put on a show, holding an audience in the palm of your hand. He has a lot to learn in that respect.
One of the highlights for many was Lionel Richie on Sunday afternoon, right on cue the sun peeked it’s head through the clouds as he started to sing ‘Easy’…where were you watching, what was your highlight from Lionel and was everybody really having that much fun when he was on stage?
I was there yes and it was one of the highlights of the weekend. He certainly drew the biggest crowd. That Sunday afternoon spot is becoming quite a prestigious booking for pop legends after Dolly Parton, Tom Jones, Paul Simon etc. It’s at a point in the weekend where everybody’s ready to let loose and have a bit of cheesy fun. It’s really a mass karaoke session. And Lionel definitely had all the hits to pull it off. You could see he was blown away. Visibly moved by the sheer numbers of people and wonderfully warm reaction he was getting which is quite something for an artist who’s seen it all. It made him all the more endearing.
A few mixed reports about Mark Ronson’s performance. Many walked off saying it was boring, what a cast joining him though?
I disagree. I thought he did a good job and from where I was standing people were lapping it up. The Amy Winehouse accapella was a special moment. And as you say, the all star cast of Grandmaster Flash, George Clinton and Mary J Blige joining him for ‘Uptown Funk’ was pretty memorable too. Boy George even made an appearance to sing ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?’ Say what you like about Ronson, he’s got one hell of an impressive Contacts list on his iPhone.
Whenever I interview you lately we end up talking birthdays! Tell us about a certain rendition of Happy Birthday that you joined in with…
Yeah, another amazing moment that was pure Glastonbury. You’re not going to find the Dalai Lama at the V Festival are you?! It was a lovely moment during Patti Smith’s set on the main stage. He’d been giving a speech earlier on in the day in the Green Fields, but they brought him on to say a few words and present him with a birthday cake which turned into a mass rendition of Happy Birthday. And I must confess singing “Happy Birthday dear Dalai Lama” was one of the stranger sing alongs I’ve ever been in involved with.
So a second hand caravan eh? I thought you’d be up at Babington House, holed up in a luxury winnibago or keeping it real under canvas?
Babington House kind of defeats the whole Glastonbury experience. I’d happily stay there but on another weekend entirely separate from the Festival. And a luxury Winnibago is all a bit OTT for Glasto. Again, something to rent on another occasion and go touring the South Of France in. As I said before, we were in a second hand caravan bought on eBay for £350. The price of a decent tent! The Yorkshireman in me refuses to spend anymore!! Not worth it for 5 or 6 nights a year, right Dan 😉 But the luxury of having your own toilet and a solid roof over your head is something I’d highly recommend.
Another highlight for many was Jarvis Cocker’s Desperate Soundsystem on Saturday night, what were some of the gems that were pulled out of disco wonderland at that little sesh?
Yeah, that’s the beauty of festivals and Glastonbury in particular that you can randomly stumble upon wonderful little things going on around the fringe of the main stages. We were just wandering around when we heard Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits followed by David Bowie’s Jean Genie coming out of a little bar near the Park Stage and someone comparing that sounded an awful lot like Jarvis Cocker. And lo and behold, it was! To be honest it was all a bit haphazard. There was loads of problems with the records jumping as they were playing from vinyl but no one seems to care, infact it kinda added to the impromtu vibes and Jarvis’ dry sense of humour held it all together well. From Fat White Family ’Touch The Leather’ to Cerrone ’Supernature’ to Nightwriters ‘Let The Music Use You’. It was a lot of fun.
The world awoke this morning waiting with baited breath who was gonna be the star of Sunday night at Glasto…looking like The Who 1 The Chems 2. Agree?
The Chemical Brothers hands down for me. I love the Who. I was obsessed with Quadrophenia during my mod stage as an eleven year old and they’re a great headline band but The Chems were something else. Hit after hit after hit with amazing visuals and lightshow that had about 40,000 at a packed out Other Stage bouncing in unison. For me, they’re the best headline act to come out of the Electronic Music Scene. It was a perfect way to end the weekend.
Who were some of the other artists/acts/DJs/performers you enjoyed this weekend?
Leftfield, Florence & The Machine, Jungle, George Clinton, Nick Warren, Quivver, Jessie Ware, Alabama Shakes. Too many to remember to be honest. The Circus & Theatre fields are always a great way to spend an afternoon too. There was a drumming crew using all sorts of pots, pans pipes and other recycled rubbish called Big Beat that bashed their way through everything from Mirror In The Bathroom to Anarchy In The UK. Great fun.
Tell us about your set over in the Glade Lounge…
I played after hours on the Friday night. Like I said before, I love those little fringe shows that are a bit off the beaten track and so The Glade Lounge has become a bit of a regular thing for me. I played the main dance stage a few years ago which was fantastic but the vibe you get after all the main stages have closed is something I especially love. You can get away with doing whatever you like really. I love that freedom.
You have played at every festival in the world – is Glastonbury still the best? If it doesn’t rain…?
It’s the biggest and the best, yes. Nothing comes close for me. Rain or no rain.
And finally – will you be back in 2016?
Try and stop me!
Hi Dave, thanks for taking the time to do this interview. How have you been lately? I’ve been great Thank You. It’s been a really busy period but I wouldn’t want it any other way.
There was a big Selador Recordings event held on May 20th at Berlin’s famed Watergate venue. It was the first time for your label hosting a night here. How did it go? It was fantastic. Such an honour for us to be able to do such an esteemed club and it’s kind of set a high standard for us for the time of venues and nights we want to achieve with the label. We were a bit apprehensive with it being a Wednesday night. We wondered how busy the cub would be on a midweek night but we needn’t have worried. It was packed and the dance floor was still busy through till 7am. Besides myself and my label partner, Steve Parry we had Sealer artists Piemont and Justin Massei join us on the line up and we couldn’t have been more pleased. A top night
Can you explain why you chose this particular venue for the event? How would you describe your connection to the Berlin clubbing community? Justin lives in Berlin so he approached the club to see if there was any interest and they immediately came back with a positive response. I haven’t played in Berlin for a few years so was very happy to be back there. It’s kind of grown into the epicentre of Underground Electronic music over the last few years. So many amazing artists either come from there or have moved there, so there’s a real community that’s really leading the way. Accordingly, the clubbers there really know their onions and it’s always special when you’re playing to a clued up crowd. I’m actually going to be back there again soon as I’m playing at Suicide Circus in August. Another club I’ve heard really good things about.
So what more can we expect from your label in the foreseeable future? Our next release is by another Berlin resident actually, Portuguese DJ, Joal. We’re having a bit of a love affair with the city right now. And then after that we’ve got EPs from two up and coming British producers who are both having fantastic 2015s, Cristoph and Third Son.
You just released a new track on Noir Music, your first for the label. What more can we expect from you in the coming few months? Any cool projects coming up? I’ve just released a single on Hive Audio out of Zurich called ‘Gumball’ which has a remix by Hive Club resident Dario D’Attis and then I’ve just licensed a track to the mighty Suara called Private Educatio which is going to be part of one of their Kitties Wanna Dance compilations out in July. I’ve also just finished a couple of remixes. One for Bjorn Mandry called ‘Got To Know’ and another for Habischman & Thomas Gandey called ‘Let Me’. Not sure when they’ll be released exactly. And then I’m just about to seat working on a new mix compilation so watch this space.
The festival season is knocking on your door. What are your plans for the summer months? Any gig you’re particularly looking forward to? Glastonbury is always a highlight on my summer calendar and I also always go to Latitude. That’s great one to take the family to. My kids love it. I’m also going to be popping my Bestival cherry this year so that’s another thing I’m really looking forward to.
What’s your current Top 5?
1. Cristoph ‘Foregone Conclusion’ [Selador]
2. Bjorn Mandry ‘Got To Know’ (Dave Seaman mix) [Cirque Du Son]
3. Sasha Carassi ‘Hard Parade’ [Drum Code]
4. Just Her ‘EP’ [Suara]
5. Frankey & Sandrino ‘Lukida’ [Innervisons]
What is the last book you read and what did you think of it? I’m in the middle of Viv Alberine’s memoir ‘Clothes, Music, Boys’ about her time in The Slits and in the eye of the storm the was Punk. and I’m really enjoying it. Highly recommended.
What is your all-time favorite album –regardless of genre- and why? An almost impossible question to answer because different albums mean different things at different times and it changes every week but if I had to pick one this week, I’d say Prince ‘Sign Of The Times’, a double album where every track is superb in it’s own right. An artist at the peak of his powers. Next week though it could be The Specials first album or New Order’s ’Sub Culture’ or The Beatles ‘Revolver’. I could go on and on. Like I said, impossible question to give a straight answer.
Any final words of wisdom to our readers? Anything goes! Ha! How about Sagacity. That’s a word of wisdom 😉
Listen again to my latest Radio Show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month exclusively on Friskyradio.com and then syndicates to over 80 more stations worldwide. Nothing but the good stuff. Enjoy!
Tracklist as follows..
1. Terranova feat. Stereo MCs ‘Tell Me Why’ [Kompakt]
2. Art Department ‘Catch You By Surprise’ (Guy Gerber) [No.19]
3. Cristoph ‘Moments’ [Selador]
4. Piek ‘Trip To NY’ [Sincopat]
5. Habischman & Thomas Gandey ‘Let Me’ (Dave Seaman) [Lapsus]
6. Jasper James ‘Motel One’ (Skream) [Leftroom]
7. Nervo Twins ‘Haute Mess’ (Anna) [Ultra]
8. Copy Paste Soul ‘Voyager’ [Suara]
9. Kaiserdisco feat. Cari Golden ‘Electric’ (Cristoph) [KD Raw]
10. Bjorn Mandry ‘Got To Know’ (Dave Seaman) [Cirque Du Son]
Listen again to the May edition of my Radio Therapy show which premieres on the third Tuesday of every month exclusively on Frisky Radio and then syndicates to over 80 more stations worldwide. Enjoy
Tracklist as follows..
1. Breach ‘Anna Love’ [Aus]
2. Paul Ursin ‘Explorazione’ [Off]
3. SB ‘Matters Of Depth’ [Lossless]
4. Joey Negro ‘Do What You Feel’ (Supernova) [Z]
5. Matthew Herbert ‘Strong’ (Catz & Dogz)[Accidental]
6. My Favourite Robot ‘Bottom Of The Stairs’ (Christian Prommer) [Click]
7. Edu Imbernon & Los Suruba ‘Cederron’ [Suara]
8. Third Son ‘Darker Side Of The Moon’ [Selador]
9. Lee Van Dowski ‘Nekuia’ [Mobilee]
10. Justin Massei ‘Nothing Can Hide’ (Dave Seaman) [Selador]
11. Chemical Brothers ‘Electronic Battle Weapon 11’ [Virgin]
Following hot on the heels of the big Beatport bothering ‘Dance In Tongues’ EP on Noir Music, Dave Seaman is back with yet another dancefloor destroyer, this time for Hive Audio. The Swiss label snapped up this melodic tech house masterpiece and enlisted Deep House don, Dario D’Attis on remix duties to make a double headed release you simply cannot afford to miss. Early love and support from Alex Niggemann, DJ T, Gorge, Groove Armada, Hot Since 82, Matthias Tanzmann, Pirupa, Sasha and Waifs & Strays. Listen here..
Following on from Selador Recordings debut at the legendary Watergate Club in Berlin, we deliver an EP from one of the DJs who appeared on the bill that night, the burgeoning talent that is Justin Massei.
Justin has already appeared twice on the label with contributions on both of our Showcase Compilations but now here he is in all his fully fledged glory with an EP that truly puts his flag in the sand.
Originally hailing from the US but now residing in Berlin, Mr Massei makes a strong statement of intent with a couple of raw tech house missives built specifically for those hallowed Berlin dance floors.
The lead track is an intense affair, all brooding beats and fervent swagger. Deep, dark and dirty. As is the other original production on offer, ‘The Creator’. Again, it’s all about the bottom end. Pure, undiluted dark energy.
Remixes this time around come from label boss Dave Seaman who turns in a large slab of peak time Techno. The driving bass and rattling percussion power this interpretation, punctuated by some wonky arp work that surges and cascades through the breakdowns. Big room business.
And completing the package, a producer who has lit up 2015 so far with an impressive glut of releases for the likes of Noir, Suara, Material and Go Deeva… Third Son. The Welsh wizard retains all the original’s authentic passion but adds a pulsating bassline to proceedings to provide a fuller production. Formidable stuff.
A dispatch from the darkside then. Prepare to be corrupted.
Selador Recordings – Intergalactic! x
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Tracklist as follows..
1. Dave Seaman ‘Private Education’ [Suara]
2. Third Son ‘Gauze’ [Go Deeva]
3. Yousef ‘ The Courtship’ [B Pitch Control]
4. Guy Mantzur & Roy Rosenfeld ‘Epkia’ [Kompakt]
5. Dave Seaman ‘Strobelight Symphony’ [Noir]
6. Jaap Ligthart feat. Alice Rose ‘I Know Change’ (SHOW-B) [Selador]
7. Anna ‘Distractions’ [Tiles]
8. KiNK ‘Cloud Generator’ [Running Back]
9. Kolsch ‘Der Die Das’ [Kompakt]
10. Leftfield ‘Universal Everything’ [Infectious]