Talking all things Selador to coincide with the label’s 5th Birthday celebrations, here’s my recent interview for the Germany’s Faze Magazine transcribed into English…
Talking all things Selador to coincide with the label’s 5th Birthday celebrations, here’s my recent interview for the Germany’s Faze Magazine transcribed into English…
It gives us enormous pleasure here at Selador Towers to see the boss (or Sir Steven of Parry as he insists we address him) scaling unprecedented heights with his recent studio output. The frequency, consistency and quality of his productions has grown exponentially over the last couple of years and we believe he’s only just getting into his stride.
Now notching up his 3rd full release on the label, not to mention a selection of outstanding remixes for the likes of Wally Lopez and Rob Hes, his new outing, the deliciously titled Squidfist EP is exactly the kind of thing that gets us out of bed in a morning.
A powerhouse of textbook electronic goodness that draws on over 20 years of dance floor experience and expertise, this one goes straight for the jugular and never lets up. With a nod and a wink and a doff of the cap to Lil Louis’ perennial ‘French Kiss’, it’s bona fide stomper.
First out of the traps on remix duty, we are honoured to have Mr Charles Webster join our extended family. Something of a God around these parts, his name and pedigree is an assurance of class and quality and here is no exception. Deep, dark and deadly.
Next we welcome back James Dutton, aka Athea, whose currency has continued to rise since his Selador debut early last year with his lauded remix for Just Her. Here he opts for a more stripped back approach, a techy roller that glides and grooves in an effortlessly chic manner.
And finally, the proverbial cherry on top comes courtesy of blossoming Manchester duo, OC & Verde who get to grips with Steve’s previous Selador release, ‘303V’. A firm favourite of John Digweed’s who practically wore his copy out such was the extent of his support, this new version is equally potent. Solid peak time roof raising action.
Team Selador – Riding the rhythm.
The compilation draws a line under what has been another fantastic year for Selador and looks ahead to 2018 when the label plans to celebrate its 5th birthday in fine style. Watch this space.
The Sixth Statement is a thoroughly European affair comprising of half-a-dozen choice cuts that run the gamut of modern underground progressive house. The genre has been much maligned over the last decade but 2017 was undoubtedly the year it made a long overdue comeback in the credibility stakes and this EP is definitely testament to that.
From label boss Steve Parry’s peak time acid power of ‘303V’ to Dutch legend Jaydee’s mind melting ’Rasputin’, through Namito’s Berlin-styled melodic journey, ’Pyramid Scheme Of Ambitions’ and Stelios Vassiloudis & Nils Nuernberg’s expertly crafted modernist ’Eyes Turned Skywards’ before rounding off with two up and coming producers we predict are set for very bright futures. Out of Switzerland comes Ilona Maras with the lo-slung deep, druggy vibe of ‘Onegin’ oozing class from each and every pore and finally, from France, Dorian Craft unleashes a roof raising monster in ‘Pleia’.
A fitting end to a vintage year.
Progressive House is dead. Long live Progressive House.
Team Selador – Over & Out
Wally Lopez is nothing short of electronic music royalty. With a career spanning over 20 years, the Spaniard commands legendary status, especially in his native Spain thanks largely to his ever popular long running nightly national radio show, Insomnia. A dance music institution if ever there was one.
Here he returns to Selador with a wonderfully effervescent infectious monster entitled ‘Sphera’. Remix duties are expertly handled by Selador head honcho Steve Parry alongside Irish born, Berlin based producer Neil Flynn. Plus, there’s even room for us to squeeze in a special Lonya remix of Wally’s previous outing for Selador, the evergreen ’Focused’.
Selador Recordings – Making life a little sweeter, one tune at a time.
As 2014 draws to a close and we look back on what has been a fantastic year for us here at Selador, we’d like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has played their part in such a successful 12 months that went far and beyond what we could ever have hoped to achieve.
To wrap things up we’d like to finish the year on our second Reloads EP, the occasional series where we invite some of our roster of producers to get to grips with a few highlights from our back catalogue and boy did they step up to the plate.
Leading by example is Kucna Muzika with their remix of Piemont’s ‘So What’ which was part of our fifth release way back during the summer of 2013. It’s a chunky motha of a mix that has already had plenty of supporters amongst the lucky few to have it upfront. Main room Tech House at it’s finest.
Next up is Snilloc with his interpretation of our very first release, Samu.l’s ‘Restless Dreams’. Keeping things deep but embellishing on the original’s hypnotic appeal, the up and coming Hungarian producer gives this modern classic a new lease of life, not a moment too soon.
Time for another visit to the ‘Naughty Forest’ next as Beaumont Stanford & Matt Davis take on our very own Dave Seaman’s collaboration with Mr Funkagenda. And this little beauty has balls! Centered around a monster bass, the vocal and melodies then weave some black magic between them that would leave Dynamo dumfounded!
And finally, we’ve got not one, but two new versions of Dee Montero’s ‘Fade Into Noir’, one of the standout tracks from our first Showcase compilation earlier this year. Dimitri Nakov is the one on remix duty here, delivering both a groove driven punchy dub and a more subtle, stripped back variation showcasing a little more of Aya’s dreamy vocal. Take your pick, the choice is yours.
Until next time then, we’d like to wish your all a very Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for your continued support and we promise that next year is set to be even bigger and better.
Selador Seasonal Greetings to one and all… with bells on.
And they just keep on coming. One Selador bomb release follows another. For SEL016, as it’s affectionately known behind the scenes, we present a new production team comprising of three very talented individuals.
Many of you will already be familiar with the one they call Jimmy Van M, an esteemed DJ and producer of note for many years with a plethora of releases to his name for such luminaries as Bedrock & the Balance Series.
The second component of this formidable trio is Luxor T, a Buenos Aires based producer who’s been steadily carving out a reputation for himself through his releases on the likes of Bedrock & Parquet Recordings and remixes for Guy J & Marco Bailey to name just two.
And the final piece of the production jigsaw is Elias Merheb under his 3lias alias. (See what we did there?) Elias is another ‘one to watch’ having learned his trade and crafted his art as resident DJ at one of the Middle East’s most renowned clubs, the legendary BO18 in Beirut, Lebanon.
Together they bring us ‘Da Goom’. A room shaking slab of high grade Techno presented in two variations, both equally deadly in their own right. The ‘Original Mix’ is pure futuristic mayhem. Death Star Techno for androids on acid. Main room madness that’s set to destroy.
It’s little sister ‘The Dub’ plays the supporting role to a proverbial tee. Altogether subtler, the guys plough a a less frantic course with housier undertones but still plenty of techno flavouring. It’s one of those genre blurring beauties that give us such a headache when choosing Beatport categories. Some tracks just don’t like being pigeonholed.
The first of three big remixes comes courtesy of Mr Arjun Vagale. Hot on the heels of his recent releases for Tronic & Herzblut, India’s leading Techno exponent has gone as far as to suggest that this his favourite remix he’s ever done and who are we to argue? A perfectly on point piece of work.
Next up Selador homeboy Seff turns in another speaker busting serving of authentic acid house. Fresh and raw like good sushi but with a nod and a wink to the halcyon days of the late 80s, this is Seff doing what Seff does best and we that’s why we love him.
And finally, the label’s very own Steve Parry delivers on his promise of not leaving it another 5 years between remixes as he comes all guns blazing with the peak time goodness. A relentless tech house workout to leave you breathless. Look out.
And that about sums it all up. I think we’ve said our piece. What’s your story?
I’m delighted to confirm that I will be curating a special after hours event at Latitude Festival this year which takes place at Henham Park in Suffolk, England on July 17th to 20th. Alongside two of my good friends, Pete Gooding and Steve Parry, we will be taking over The Woods on the Saturday night (the 19th) for 4 hours of underground dance music as The Naughty Forest comes alive. Rave on!
I love playing after hours at Festivals. By that time, when all the main stages have shut up shop for the night, people are usually past the point of no return and on well on their way down the road to oblivion. Which, all in all, is usually a recipe for a whole ton of fun.
I’ve been going to Latitude for a few years now and have always had a brilliant time so it’s an honour to be returning this year as an artist too. Although that said, I’ll be there for the whole weekend as a punter too and very much looking forward to seeing Bombay Bicycle Club, Haim, Black Keys, Robyn & Royksopp, Sohn and Jungle to name just a few. For full details of line up and tickets visit http://www.latitudefestival.com Hope to see some of you there
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.
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.
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
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 😉
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!
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.
Next up from Selador Recordings, we are excited to present a double header from the two of techno’s new leading lights, Rob Hes & Steve Slight. With recent releases under their belts on the likes of Oliver Huntemann’s Ideal imprint, Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat & Stephan Bodzin’s Herzblut too, the prolific duo have delivered what we consider to be their best work yet in the form of ‘Focusing’ & ‘Mankind’.
Both big dance floor weapons in their own right, ‘Focusing’ also comes with massive remixes from both Gabriel Ananda and Selador’s own Steve Parry and judging by the huge swell of support from everyone from Jamie Jones to Tensnake, Pig & Dan to Guy J and DJ Chus to M.A.N.D.Y, this could end up being one of our biggest releases to date. Grab it while it’s hot people
PS. Must also say a huge THANKS again to Spike Dennis for once again providing the distinctive artwork on this release. It’s all about the unicorn porn don’t you know! You can see more of Spike’s splendidly idiosyncratic works at spikeworld.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @Spike_Dennis
Dave Seaman & Steve Parry’s new label Selador Recordings have released their second offering in the form of Han Haak’s remarkable slice of throbbing techno, Jezebel’s Milk. The Original mix has been a staple of Mr Seaman’s sets for the last few months destroying dance floors right across the globe and now comes aided a abetted by 2 fantastic remixes from the German duo who can do no wrong right now, Piemont and the always dependable Greek wonder Stelios Vassiloudis.
“It’s quite different to our debut release” explained Dave talking about Samu.l’s ‘Restless Dreams’ which conquered Beatport’s Deep House Top 30 with aplomb, “but we wanted to establish early on that we were not going to be a label that restricted itself to one style and instead have intentions to cover a much broader range of electronic house music which is precisely why Han Haak makes the perfect foil to Samu.l'”.
Already singled out for high praise by some of the most celebrated names on the scene – Sasha, John Digweed, Gabriel Ananda, Xpress 2, Hernan Cattaneo, Djuma Soundsystem & Pete Tong, this is clearly not one to be overlooked.
Selador Recordings- All Killer, No Filler!
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