My recent interview for The Ransom Note blog

Here’s my recent interview for electronic music blog, The Ransom Note on all things Kickstarter, why I wanted to do things differently this time and my thoughts on the state of music journalism 25 years on from my days at Mixmag..

http://www.theransomnote.co.uk/dave-seaman-talks/

 

There is much moaning about the demise of tangible products in this business, but hardly anyone seems to do anything positive about it; and even fewer people are brave enough to make the point that the past wasn’t all that great anyway; so it was nice to hear Dave Seaman buck the trend of apathy and negativity when I met with him the other day.

If you don’t already know, Dave whacked his head clean on the chopping block when he decided that his next mix CD would be funded by the public via Kickstarter.  He had a month to raise £25,000 and he bloody well went and pulled it off with a few days to spare, no less.  And what’s more, at the time of writing, he’s more than £7,000 over his funding target.

 

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Renaissance 20th Anniversary Blog

For me, the arrival of Renaissance in 1992 signalled the start of the second phase of the acid house explosion. After the ‘Summers Of Love’ of ’88 & ’89 things had started to deteriorate as every Tom, Dick & Harry now thought they could put on a rave and the scene started to attract some unsavoury elements. Poorly organised events held purely in the interest of making money were fast becoming the norm and the dream was in danger of turning sour. Renaissance were really the first to try to take things to the next level bringing a certain style and panache to their parties with quality first and foremost on the agenda. They raised the bar and set a new standard by which all others would be judged. I remember sitting up ‘in the gods’ at their 2nd birthday at the Que Club in Birmingham looking down over the lavish production full of celestial cherubs emanating from fluffy cotton wool clouds above 2000+ clubbers all in their own little heavens. It was a sight to behold and one which finally made me realise that acid house meant business and was here to stay.

Renaissance were always in it for the long haul as this years 20th anniversary parties prove. Of course, there’s been a lot of water under the bridge since those early days. Times have changed. But one thing has always stayed true. From it’s original home at Venue 44 in Mansfield to the stately home events, the tours of Australasia to Pacha & Privilege in Ibiza, from the endless revered compilations to Media in Nottingham & The Cross in London…. Renaissance remains one of clubland’s most enduring & iconic brands. Happy 20th! Here’s to the next two decades :-)

My Renaissance Classics Top Ten

Bedrock ‘For What You Dream Of’

Age Of Love ‘Age Of Love’

Hysterix ‘Talk To Me’ (Sasha mix)

Sounds Of Blackness ‘The Pressure Part 2′

Pete Lazonby ‘Scared Cycles’

Way Out West ‘Mind Circus’

Luzon ‘That Baguio Track’

Blast ‘Crazy Man’ (Fathers Of Sound mix)

Brothers Love Dubs ‘The Mighty Ming’

D Ream ‘You’re The Best Thing’ (Sasha Mix)

http://www.djdaveseaman.com/opinion/renaissance-20th-anniversary-blog-1620/

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