Radio Therapy Broadcast November 2011

Listen again to Dave’s latest acclaimed radio show for Frisky Radio….
Radio Therapy Broadcast November 2011 by Dave Seaman

Tracklist is as follows…
1. Oliver Huntemann ‘Magnet’ [Ideal]
2. Maceo Plex ‘Stay High Baby’ [Ellum]
3. Prommer & Barck ‘Journey’ (Kink mix) [Derwin]
4. Martin Dawson & Glimpse ‘Wildlife (Acid dub)’ [Leftroom Ltd]
5. Javier Logares ‘Silicon Drift’ (Dapayk remix) [Get Physical]
6. Intruder feat Jei. ‘Amame’ [Nervous]
7. Dems ‘House’ (Evil Nine) [Badlife]
8. Rendevous ‘The Murf’ (Digweed & Muir)
9. Butch ‘Release The Evil’ [Rekids]
10. Benoit & Sergio ‘Everybody’ [DFA]
11. Tim Deluxe ‘Transformation’ [Get Human]
12. Oliver Huntemann ‘The End’ [Ideal]

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Renaissance Masters Tour Blog Part 4 – Japan

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love Japan. Just can’t get enough of the place. It’s been this way for the last 20 years and the feeling never diminishes. The buzz I get once another trip is on the cards is akin to when you catch your first glimpse of the Manhattan skyline coming into New York. A untainted kind of childlike excitement. They say you never forget your first time and it couldn’t be truer of Japan. It was like visiting another planet, like walking onto the set of Bladerunner, a culture shock for sure. But on closer inspection, it soon became clear that we English have quite a lot in common with our Japanese friends. Both islands off the main continent protective of our national identities with a history of empire building and cultural trailblazing yet now living in the shadow of former glories anyone? Hell, even our flags are made from the same DNA.

Anyway, my trip this time started, as it always does, with a pilgrimage around the temples of Tokyo, otherwise known as the Bathing Ape shops. Those of you that know me will already know of my love of all things Bape. I’ve been collecting their stuff for over a decade to the point of obsession verging on addiction, so hot footing it from store to store (they have 5 in Tokyo), I’m a bit like a crazed junkie getting his fix. But just walking around the city is in itself such an inspiration. It’s so vibrant and alive with creativity, I can think of few other places around the world that are so stimulating.

My gig this time though was in Osaka, 2.5 hours west of Tokyo on the Bullet train, which like everything else here, runs perfectly on time right down to the second. Japan’s 3rd largest city with a population of 2.5 million, Osaka’s best club for the last few years has been Onzieme. This is my 3rd time here and it never disappoints. The crowd are musically well educated but always so enthusiastic and receptive to lots of different styles. A combination which these days isn’t found as frequently as it should be. This is largely due to an eclectic bookings policy that has seen everyone from Sven Vath & Digitalism to Defected & Dubfire touch down and do their thing. In fact, Onzieme is such a pleasure, it makes me want to paraphrase a popular English football chant, “Can I play you every week?!” And the thing is, I’m only half joking! :-)

Next week, Latvia & Romania.

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A transcript (& link) of my recent interview with DJ Mag

DJ Mag logoYou’ve had a long-term association with Renaissance – why do you think it has endured for so long as a respected club brand?

“Renaissance has always stood for quality and they haven’t been fickle followers of fashion by jumping on every new trend that comes along. They do what they do and they’re the best at it. More people should concentrate on their own thing and just play to their strengths rather than worrying about what everybody else is doing.”

Why do you think you have endured so long as an international DJ?

“See above! Ha ha ha. I’ve followed a similar ideology. Of course you progress and evolve as the scene changes around you but I like to think I keep the same principles and not forget where I came from and as I’m still here 25 years later, I must be doing something right!”

How did you approach this latest Renaissance Masters mix?

“I don’t worry so much about every track being a brand new and exclusive these days. It’s all about the quality. Within a few months it will all be old anyway! I find some people’s unquenchable desire for new stuff all the time quite sad really. The minute something becomes available, they discard it. However brilliant it may be. But there are some exclusives on there, yes, and pretty much all the stuff that is out already has been edited or enhanced in some way to make it unique to the album.”

In Dom Phillips’ book Superstar DJs, you talked a bit about some of your demons. Where’s your head at now?

“Yeah, I had some pretty dark periods around the turn of the Millennium, largely down to living a life of excess and not having much of an anchor. But I got married in 2005 and now have two young boys, so my perspective has changed dramatically. I remember reading somewhere that adults might make babies but really it’s babies that make adults, and I can really relate to that.

“Now I take the last plane out on a Friday and the first flight back on a Sunday morning, even if it’s Asia or South America I’m playing, just so I can get back to spend time with the family. I even went to Australia for the weekend at the beginning of the year, although that was stretching it a bit.”

Have you ever wanted to do something as obviously commercial as your early ‘90s Brothers In Rhythm stuff?

“I would love to do some more pop stuff again but it’s all a question of time. As I just said, I want to spend as much time with my family as possible and just keeping up with the demands of being a DJ these days is so time-consuming with the amount of music being released and the advent of social media. It doesn’t leave much time for the studio, but it is on my ‘to do’ list and I will get round to it sooner or later.”

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