My interview with Insomniac

I recently took part in a round table discussion about the current state of play in the electronic music industry with such other luminaries as Paul Oakenfold, Claude Von Stroke, Sander Kleinenberg and more. Here’s how it went down>>

Where do you see the most innovation coming from right now within the music industry (i.e. technology, music, fan experience, nightclubs, behind the scenes, etc.) and how, if at all, are you taking advantage of what’s happening? Or do you feel the music industry is failing to innovate as a whole?

Most of the innovation these days seems to be coming from finding ways to stay alive! Needs must! With revenue from sales at an extreme low, making a living as an artist now is about so much more than just making music. Marketing yourself, relationships and interacting with your audience in this transitional digital age have become vital for survival, and of course, there’s always new ways of doing that. Things like Jukely and I’m In are changing the ways fans attend concerts and there’s also a new platform called Bookya where artists and promoters can connect which looks really interesting. Infact, it seems like there’s a new “social/communication” start-up offering itself as the solution to all our problems every time I turn my computer on!

But I think with everyone seemingly so time poor these days, we’re finding it hard to find to cut through all the “noise” and so we’re not moving forward as quickly as we could be. It’s hard to know where to invest your time and energy. I did a Kickstarter project a couple of years ago which was the first DJ Mix compilation to be funded through that method and I’m honestly surprised more electronic artists have not embraced crowd funding. It really is a new frontier in getting your music to your audience. Cutting out the middle man is a powerful development for sure.

Meanwhile, the record industry at large is being dragged kicking and screaming into the future with most of their eggs in the streaming basket which never seems to have the artists interest at heart. I actually think we’re on the verge of a swing back to physical product with vinyl sales on the increase and the fact that we’ve now pretty much come to the end of the road in terms of convenience, speed and quantity, which is what the digital dream has been sold upon. It’s already happening in the book industry so I don’t see why that trend shouldn’t extend to music.

And then of course, there’s always new developments in music production. In fact, the hardware/software/production tools/sample packs business is one of the few serious growth areas within the wider music industry. More people are making music now then ever, which in many ways is becoming it’s downfall. We’ve got to get back to quality over quantity. Chris Anderson’s Long Tail model doesn’t work so well for the creative arts. The whole scene is in danger of eating itself.
Having said all that, Ableton Push looks particularly tasty 😉

With the upcoming US presidential elections, and given all that is happening across the globe, do you feel there’s a place for politics in dance music? Should this culture embrace its subversive roots or simply be a vehicle for escapism?

Dance music has always been about escapism and aspiration. On the dance floor, feeling free, forgetting all your problems, dreaming of better days and other such cliches. I really don’t think people want to be too bothered with politics in such an environment. Who wants to be reminded about politics when you’re supposed to be having fun? A field where such blithering idiots as Donald Trump are allowed to operate? Dance music should be about celebrating life, not losing the will to live!

How would you characterise the current dance music movement?
It has many different strands now. It’s long surpassed being a cult fashion movement such as Punk or New Romanticism. It’s transcended that. It’s very much a cultural movement on a par with Rock & Roll, constantly evolving and here to stay. But overall, I don’t think it’s doing anything particularly groundbreaking going on at the moment. A lot of music right now is a bit Emperors New Clothes. Previous ideas repackaged for a new generation. There are always a few exceptions to the rule of course but it’s getting harder to find them amongst the sheer volume of tracks released every week. Having said that, the underground is always more innovative than the overground so it’s nice to see a general shift back towards more refined ‘deeper’ sounds away from the crash, bang wallop, domination of EDM of the last few years. Music always moves in circles. As a general rule of thumb, what’s hot today tends to be be cold tomorrow. It’s the circular nature of fashion.

Have you learned any valuable lessons this past year and how, if at all, are they helping you shape your outlook/approach for 2016?
There’s no room for complacency. There’s a lot of people now fighting for the same space. It’s becoming a bit of a rat race to be honest which can leave a bitter taste at times but there’s nothing for it, other than stepping up to the plate and fighting your corner. Play to your strengths. Don’t try to do everything at once, otherwise you end up spreading yourself to thin and becoming a Mr 20%.

Concerning sounds and trends, where would you like to take dance music in the near future?
I’d like things to be a bit more open minded and a little less formulaic. When producers try to do something a little bit different if should be celebrated rather than derided. But generally it’s nice to see a lot more melody and vocals back around again. It was all a bit barren in that department a few years ago. It would also be nice to see a little less snobbery and a bit more camaraderie within the whole scene but alas, with the aforementioned rat race gathering pace, separating yourself from the pack is becoming more of a necessity and besides, it really is a money driven business now, at least at the top level anyway, so that’s probably an ideologic step too far.

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – December 2015

Listen again to my final Radio Therapy show of the year which premiered exclusively on Frisky Radio on December 17th and then syndicated to over 80 more stations worldwide. It’s a hot one. Turn it up! 😉

Radio Therapy Broadcast – December 2015 by Daveseaman on Mixcloud

1. Mihai Popoviciu ‘The Swindle’ [Poker Flat]
2. Tom Peters ‘Two Of Us’ [Selador]
3. Stereo MCs & Terranova ‘Deeper’ [Connected]
4. Glenn Morrison ‘Bumblebee’ (Dave Seaman) [Morrison]
5. Luciano Feat. Jaw ‘7 Direction(s)’ (Dennis Ferrer) [Cadenza]
6. Dave Seaman ‘Do Geese See God’ [Unsigned]
7. Animal Picnic ‘Kraftika’[Steyoyoke]
8. Miss Melera ‘Magenta’ (Dave Seaman) [Chapter 24]
9. Bedrock ‘Emerald’ (BOg) [Bedrock]
10. The Temper Trap ‘Sweet Disposition’ (Undercatt) [Diynamic]
11. Foals ‘ Give It All’ (Chris Woodward) [Transgressive]

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My favourite films & TV of 2015

And finally, completing my annual end of year round up, here’s my favourite fifteen Films & TV of 2015. All that remains is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy. See you in 2016 :-)

15. Amy

14. Legend

13. The Jinx

12. Inside Out

11. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

10. 99 Homes

9. Ex Machina 

8. Love & Mercy

7. Sicario

6. ’71 

5. Birdman

4. Mad Max: Fury Road

3. Whiplash

2. Narcos

1. This Is England ’90




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My favourite albums of 2015

Continuing my end of year round up of the best of 2015, here’s my favourite albums of the last twelve months…

1. Leftfield ‘Alternative Light Source’

2. Jamie XX ‘In Colour’

3. Petite Noir ‘La Vie Est Belle’

4. Foals ‘What Went Down’

5. !!! ‘As If’

6. New Order ‘Music Complete’

7. Ghost Poet ’Shedding Skin’

8. Florence & The Machine ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’

9. Stephan Bodzin ‘Powers Of Ten’

10. Maribou State ‘Portraits’

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My Top 15 Club Tracks of 2015

Continuing my end of year round up of my favourite music and films of 2015, here are my top club tracks. The tracks that stayed in my ‘Rekordbox’ the longest. The ones that really did the damage on my dance floors. Enjoy!

1. Guy Mantzur & Roy Rosenfeld ‘Epika’ [Kompakt]

2. Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons ‘Vermillion’ (&ME Remix) [Crosstown Rebels]

3. Jaap Ligthart & Alice Rose ‘I Know Change’ (SHOW-B) [Selador]

4. Maceo Plex ‘Solar Detroit’ [Ellum]

5. Wehbba ‘View Of Delft’ [Systematic]

6. Temper Trap ‘Sweet Disposition’ (Undercatt) [Diynamic]

7.  Marc Romboy ‘Elgur’ [Systematic]

8. Skream ‘Still Lemonade’ [Crosstown Rebels]

9. Hot Since 82 ‘Veins’ [Truesoul]

10. Reset Robot ‘Hanging Gardens Of Babylon’ [Truesoul]

11. Quivver ‘Wait For You’ (D Nox & Beckers) [Selador]

12. Frankey & Sandrino ‘Acamar’ [Innervisions]

13. Clavis ‘Banza’ [Freerange]

14. Raumakustik ‘Raider’ [Suara]

15. Lee Van Dowski ‘Ulysse Is Back EP’ [Mobilee]


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My Top 10 favourite singles of 2015

Wow, is it that time again already?! As 2015 draws to a close, it’s always been a tradition of mine to round up and share my favourite singles, albums, club tracks and films of the year gone by. So, without further ado, here we go, starting with my top ten singles. Enjoy :-)

10. Blur ‘Go Out’

9. Vaults’ Cry No More’

8. Leftfield ‘Bilocation’

7. Jamie XX ‘Stranger In The Room’ 

6. Churches ‘Leave A Trace’

5. Foals ‘Give It All’

4. Daughter ‘Doing The Right Thing’

3. !!! ‘All U Writers’  


2. Lapsley ‘Falling Short’

  1. Chemical Brothers ‘Go’
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My Interview with Decoded Magazine

Dave Press 2Just ahead of the release of my latest mix compilation I had a chat with the guys at Decoded Mag talking about Berlin, the album making process and the general quality of music being released today…

The release of Beyond Borders 2, sees you choose Berlin as the inspiration for this compilation, can you give us an insight into why you chose this particular city?

After ‘King Unique’ had chosen London as the first city in this new series earlier in the year I started to think of some of the other most influential destinations in Electronic Music. New York and Barcelona crossed my mind and then Chicago for it’s heritage, plus of course, Ibiza. But I’d just been back to Berlin for the first time in a few years and it reminded of just what a creative city it is and how much quality underground music continually comes out of there, so in the end, it was an obvious choice.

With regards to putting this together, how did you approach compiling the tracks and the order in which you sequence them in the mix? 

I wanted to make sure that the album had a distinct Berlin flavour so made sure to include lots of artists and labels from the city. I think I’ve managed to do that. And there’s a good balance of new and familiar names. I also wanted to use some of the big tracks from my gig at Suicide Circus in the summer so the album had a particular time and place attached to it. Another thing I decided was that I wasn’t going to worry to much about everything having to be new and exclusive. There was a time when that was an important factor for me when doing a mix CD but one thing we’re not short of these days is a supply of new music! Plus, in a few months time when none of the music will be new anymore, it’s the quality and longevity that ultimately really counts.  (more…)

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Beyond Borders Berlin – Mix compilation out now


Dave’s new mix compilation (his first since the groundbreaking, Kickstarter funded, Selador Sessions Volume 1 album from 2013) is now out in both digital and physical formats Buy your copy here>>

“Seaman delivers a mind blowing album”
Decoded Mag

“Seaman has created a mix of forward thinking House & Techno that doesn’t sound like anything else out there at the moment”
Change Underground

“Seaman’s quality threshold remains just as high as ever”
DMC World Magazine

Full Tracklist….

  1. Jaap Ligthart feat. Alice Rose ‘I Know Change’ (Nicolas Masseyeff) [Selador]

2. Three Machines ‘Megalith’ [Sincopat]

3. Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons ‘Vermillion’ (&ME) [Crosstown Rebels]

4. Habischman ‘Dub Rumors’ [Selador]

5. Terranova feat. Stereo MCs ’Tell Me Why’ (Re: You) [Kompakt]

6. Marc Romboy ‘Hypernova’ (Stephan Bodzin) [Systematic]

7. Third Son ‘Colourblind’ (Justin Massei) [Selador]

8. Guy Mantzur & Roy Rosenfeld ‘Epika’ [Kompakt]

9. Marc Marzenit ‘Death Espiral’ (Dave Seaman) [Natura Sonoris]

10. Dahu ‘Sedated’ [Steyoyoke]

11. Nicolas Masseyeff ‘Flagrance’ [Systematic]

12. Quivver ‘Wait For You’ (D Nox & Beckers) [Selador]

13. Habischman & Thomas Gandey ‘Let Me’ (Dave Seaman) [Lapsus]

14. Andre Hommen ‘Centrifuge’ [Poker Flat]

15. Framewerk ‘Feel You Hold You’ [Selador]

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Radio Therapy Broadcast – November 2016

Listen again to my latest Radio Therapy show. Nothing but the good stuff each and every month. Tune in and spread the word :-)

Radio Therapy Broadcast – November 2015 by Daveseaman on Mixcloud

Tracklist as follows

1. Edu Imbernon ‘Fixing Fires’ [Fayer]

2. Ten Ven ‘Workin’ [Noir]

3. Pete Oak ’Toro’ [Suara]

4. JOBE ‘Critical Mass’ [Selador]

5. Dosem ‘Explicit’ [Halocyan]

6. Noir ‘Lumiere’ [Noir]

7. Cristoph ‘Diggin In’ (Dave Seaman) [Selador]

8. Framewerk ‘Feel You Hold You’ (Quivver) [Selador]

9. Wehbba ‘View Of Delft’ [Systematic]

10. Few Nolder ‘One’

11. Reset Robot ‘The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon’ [Truesoul]


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