My Glastonbury interview for DMC World Mag

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!

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My interview with DMC World magazine

Hey Dave welcome back to DMCWORLD, where on planet earth are you today?
Hello. Thanks. Always a pleasure, never a chore :-) I’m at home. Just got back from DJing in Seoul and Manila this weekend so I’m just unpacking, doing the washing, getting ready to do the school run, etc. It’s not all glamour you know!

Right let’s get into it, a brand new tune ‘Naughty Forest’ you have created with Funkagenda that already has the likes of Pig & Dan, Nic Fanciulli and Stephan Bodzin jumping through hoops over. Talk us through the track…
It began as an idea after Adam (Funkagenda) and I did a gig together a couple of years ago in Jordan. He’d mentioned the idea of using the vocal sample before so as we DJ’ed together we talked about what we liked about certain parts of some of the tracks we were playing. So when he got on the flight home, he threw together some of those ideas in a rough demo. Then we tried to get together a few times to work on it but never seemed to be able to get our diaries to align so in the end he sent me all the parts and I did my own version which is what has just come out.

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There’s also two remixes sending us deeper courtesy of Dapayk and Nicolas Masseyeff, why were these two excellent producers picked for rework duties?

Because I’m huge fans of both. Plain and simple. I’d been wanting them to do something for me and my label Selador for a while but this was the one I thought that they could really get their teeth into. Luckliy, they agreed and did fantastic jobs, both of them.

2013 saw you release the beautiful ‘The Holy Ghost’ track on US based Tulipa Recordings. This year you have opened the door for budding producers from around the world to remix the tune with the winner’s mix being included in the summer remix package alongside D-Nox & Beckers and Dousk.

http://www.djdaveseaman.com/tulipa-recordings-presents-dave-seaman-the-holy-ghost-remix-competition/
It’s another great idea…even if people entering do have to purchase the track before getting to grips with their mix – who has the job of choosing the winner and whose initial idea was it?
The idea came from Tulipa. It’s not a new idea but I think it’s a great way for new producers to get noticed. And I always remember that I got my big break in the industry through a competition so it’s nice to give others an similar opportunity. I’m going to be listening to all the entries myself and choose the winner. Looking forward to hearing them.

It has been a year since you released your mix album on Kickstarter, you were ahead of the game yet again as other producers have followed suit releasing music through this pledging avenue…DMCWORLD Champion QBert being the latest big name to bring something out. So now that the dust has settled what are your thoughts on the whole experience. Is it something you would do again?
It was an exciting adventure as most journeys into the unknown are. Treading new ground and being out of my comfort zone breathed new life into a process I’ve done dozens of times before. I’d certainly do it again and can see it becoming a much more common way of artists making their projects happen. With the advent of social media, that direct line between the artist and their audience opens up hinge possibilities that just weren’t possible before through traditional methods.
It’s the future. Garlic bread is so last year ;-)

What was the killer track you had to remove from the album lastminute.com as it was too early for the label and their release plans?
It was the Dixon remix of Mano Le Tough’s ‘Everything You”ve Done Before’. One of my favourite tracks from last year that also dovetailed perfectly with the two tracks either side of it. The label, Permanent Vacation, thought it was too early for them to agree for it to go on the album as they hadn’t even set a release date and plead with them as I might, I couldn’t twist their arm. Ironically, just after I’d finished the album, they changed their minds and brought their release forward but it was too late. It actually came out the same week as my album! Gutted.

What is coming out next from your label Selador Recordings…
After ‘Naughty Forest’ we will have a Selador Showcase, a selection of ten tracks from various artists and will musically range from deeper stuff of Samu.l to more peak time stuff from Marc Marzenit. It’s basically like a full DJ set of music in one collection! Also on the label in the future will be another track from myself, a new release from the labels’ co owner Steve Parry and new EP’s from Robert Babicz and AFFKT.
It’s going to be a big year for the label.

Okay, the name Selador. Has it reference to a psychoanalyst in Frank Herbert’s ‘The Santaroga Barrier’, the Portuguese for ‘sealer’ or is it a plain old spelling mistake and it should have said Cellar Door???
Ha! Yes it’s derived from Cellar Door. Taken from the film Donnie Darko where Drew Barrymore’s character talks about how it is the most beautiful sounding combination of words in the English language. It seemed fitting as we believe we are in the business of beautiful sounds :-)

I hear you had a great time at the basketball in America watching Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls. Now come on Garforth lad, was it as good as watching a classic West Yorkshire derby between Leeds and Huddersfield Town?
Ha! Nothing beats the 5-1 thrashing of Huddersfield at Elland Road recently. Especially as we were 1-0 down to start with. I took my young boys to that one. Unfortunately I laos took them a few weeks later when we lost 5-1 to Bolton. You win some, you lose some. But I have to admit Leeds United to learn a thing or two about the razzmatazz of the NBA. It was all going off, the fireworks, the dancing girls, the DJ hyping the crowd. I tell you one thing that I boy from Leeds couldn’t get his head around though… £50 a head for the half time buffet!!! Give me a pint and a pie for £6 anytime!!

If someone ever opened up a dance music museum there would be one definite piece of memorabilia in there, something you found in a dusty cardboard box in your loft; your notepad containing your Kylie Minogue ‘Confide In Me’ lyrics. Can you recall that time writing those words which millions around the world now know and love, how long did that song in particular take to write…and what are you going to do with the notepad?
I do remember writing them yes. That song came together so quickly. Steve and I threw together a backing track in a couple of hours one afternoon and that evening I went home and wrote the lyrics. The next day Kylie came in and recorded it and that original demo vocal is pretty much what was released. Creativity is always best when it just flows out of you without having to think or work too hard. As for what I’m going to do with the original hand written lyrics? I’ll probably frame them and stick it up in the loo for a little contemplative reading whilst sitting on the throne :-)

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I loved something you said last year when discussing dance music’s biggest problem at the moment is that too much music is being made with no filter system; “Imagine if everyone who thought they could cook were allowed to put their product on the shelves of a supermarket. It would take you a week just to get past the cereals!” So what is the solution?

There isn’t an easy one. Unless the digital sites start being more selective about what tracks they take on, which goes against the whole Chris Anderson ‘Long Tail’ model of digital retail. But I think if some online platforms began to specialise and became known for specific genres they probably would have great success doing so. Beatport are bringing in new rules where you have to submit how many Facebook likes, Twitter followers, mailing list numbers, etc you have. And you have to have a certain number to have your track accepted for sale on Beatport. Which is all well and good in theory. But we all know that those numbers are easy to manipulate. I think it just encourages people to buy “likes”. So it’s not necessarily a way to keep quality standards high.

You were one of the first British DJs to start touring the world, god only knows how many air miles you have young man. Whenever you ask a DJ what the worse part of his job is they always say the traveling, the airports, the crap flights, the waiting around…sure only a small price to pay for such an incredible job, but being on tour 52 weeks a year does take a lot of dedication. How do you get through this part of your job?
It makes me laugh when I hear DJs complaining about the traveling part of their job. It’s actually one of my favourite bits. Of course it can be frustrating if you get delayed or whatever but there’s nothing you can do about it so it’s pointless getting too stressed. As for the flying time, airport lounges, etc That’s all “me” time. I can catch up on music, movies, magazines, emails, whatever. I don’t get the concept of “waiting around”. Christ, you can even make music on the go now so I don’t get what it is that’s so bad about that aspect of the job. I just think people need to adjust their mindsets a little. Enjoy it all.

What is the current Top 10 you are spinning…
Conveniently you can see that on Beatport ;)
http://www.beatport.com/charts/dave-seamans-spring-selection-part-two/262059

Who are some of the producers around the world you are giving high fives to at the moment?
There’s loads of people making great music right now. Hot Since 82, Dixon, Sante, Solomun, Butch, Maceo Plex, Robert Babicz, Affkt, Wehbba. I could go on and on.

It’s WMC time yet again in Miami, we’ve already seen an excellent BPM down in Mexico and Pete Tong’s IMS over in Ibiza is shaping up nicely again in May. You will be one of the key speakers at the Brighton Music Conference in a few weeks, at last the UK has something to shout about conference wise. Do you think the UK’s record industry is ready for an event of this calibre just yet – is it getting enough support? We are slowly but surely putting our flag in the sand again as a nation…
Yeah, I find it strange that it hasn’t been done before to be honest. But fair play to John Fleming and his team for taking the leap and making it happen. I’m looking forward to being a part of the first Brighton Conference. It looks to be shaping up nicely. After the collapse of UK clubland post millennium and the shift of power to Berlin as the clubbing epicentre of the World, it seems to have taken a little while for the Uk to find our feet again. But as we talked about earlier, the green shoots of recovery seem to be springing up all over now. You can keep a good man down for long.

The UK club scene too is having a renaissance with towns all over the country finally having notable nights. Where have some of the stand out gigs been for you these past few months?
It’s true. There really are lots of new nights springing up everywhere. I’ve done more UK gigs in the last year than I had in the previous decade! The Rhumba Festival of House in Dundee last October was amazing playing alongside Hot Chip and Derrick Carter. We also did our first Selador party at the Williamson Tunnels in Liverpool which sold out. As did the Tangled gig in Manchester and the Shine show in Leeds. It really does feel like the start of the next big wave in UK clubland which should please all the DJs who moan about airports! ;-)

Where are some of the gigs in your diary around the world you are really looking forward to this summer?
It’s just a little too early to announce a couple of major things I’m going to be doing but let’s just say I won’t be doing Glastonbury this year. I’ve done the last five so felt it was time to take a year off and do a couple of the other UK festivals instead. So watch this space on that. Same goes for Ibiza. I’m just in the process of confirming my Ibiza plans. Should have news in the next couple of weeks. Apart from that, I always enjoy going to South America. I’ll be in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Mexico over the coming months. Israel was amazing last summer too. So looking forward to going there again. I played to over 30,000 people on the beach just outside Tel Aviv for the legendary Cat & Dog. Incredible!

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And finally, what are the next studio plans for Dave Seaman…?
I’ve just finished a couple of new tracks. One I’ve signed to the New York label, Sullivan Room entitled ‘Distraction Tactics’ and a second called ‘Justified Replacement Of Lulu’ is going to come out on Selador. I’ve also been doing some songwriting again which will come out under a different alias. It’s more downtempo electronica in the vein of Banks and Lorde. And then there’s also a Pet Shop Boys remix due to happen which I’m very excited about. They were the first artists we ever remixed as Brothers in Rhythm so it’s all gone full circle.

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