Mixmag Mexico Interview
En Español.. (Paginas 30-31)
Why start a new label? Tell us about Selador..
It’s not so new anymore. Incredibly, Selador has just celebrated its seventh birthday! Time flies when you’re having fun! After I laid Audio Therapy to rest and decided to partner up with Steve Parry to run a label, it just felt right to start with a blank canvas. A fresh start. And seven years later, I think we made the correct decision. We couldn’t be happier about how the label has progressed and what we’ve achieved.
What artists are there and how do you make the selection?
Well obviously my label partner Steve Parry as well as my 3D partners in crime, Danny Howells & Darren Emerson. Plus, we’ve had so many other amazing artists contribute over the last 7 years. Quivver, Cristoph, Jimpster, Robert Babicz, Moonwalk, Township Rebellion, Gorge, Lee van Dowski, D-Nox & Beckers, Guy Mantzur, Lonya, Joeski, DAVI, Ruede Hagelstein, Doc Martin, Victor Ruiz, Third Son, Wehbba. I could go on and on. There are literally hundreds! We’ve always tried not to get pigeonholed into one particular sound or genre. Steve & I both love all play all kinds of electronic music from deep house to Techno, so we wanted the label to reflect that.
What is "Global Underground" & Renaissance for you?
They are memories of good times spent travelling the World and making albums around the turn of the millenium. It was a golden era for clubs and club music that I feel very privileged to have been a part of. So much fun was had, it shouldn’t have been allowed!!
How the 3D project came about?
Danny (Howells), Darren (Emerson) & I were all booked to play at the Ministry Of Sound in London on the same night and as a bit of a joke, I said “we should call it 3D for Danny, Dave & Darren”. The next thing I knew, the club had made flyers with 3D on them and suddenly we were a thing. lol. It’s funny, any club or festival could have booked all 3 of us together at any time in the last 25 years but as soon as we have a new name, we get inundated with requests. Just shows how much of what we do is about marketing these days and being seen to be doing something new. We don’t care though, we’re having a great time travelling and playing shows together. We’ve been friends for so long, it’s a real pleasure for us.
What is Mexico for you?
Mexico is like a second home to me. I have played there more times than any other country in the World. I always joke that I’ve been to more places in Mexico than most Mexicans! I don’t know why but for some reason Mexico seems to really love my music and I certainly love you back just as much.
Completely stop playing on vinyl?
Yes, I stopped playing vinyl in 2004. It’s more to do with the fact that digital is so easy to take around the World. I really don’t miss lugging boxes of vinyl around on tour one little bit! Plus, you can obviously access so much more music digitally than physically and also carry weeks with of music around with you so you’re prepared for any eventuality. In fact, for me, there isn’t many factors where vinyl trumps digital except sound quality which really isn’t the be all and end all some people would have you believe.
Favourite non-electronic artists?
Oh wow, how long have you got? I could list you hundreds! There’s so many great artists out there. I like lots of current bands like Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Arcade Fire, The XX. Classic artists like Prince, Bowie, New Order and Talking Heads and right now some of my favourites include Sylvan Esso, Maribou State, Glass Animals, !!!, St.Vincent. Tune-Yards. Honestly, I could go on and on and on.
Are you an office worker?
Yes, from Monday to Friday. Running the label is very time consuming plus all the social media and marketing that goes into being an artist these days takes a lot of time too. But I always try to find time every month to get into the studio even if it’s only for a couple of days and I always aim to get one production or remix finished each time I go in there. And my monthly Radio Therapy show of course which I’m actually doing fortnightly at the moment whilst we’re in lockdown quarantine.
Do you think the radio will disappear?
No never. Radio is a unique art form that TV or things like YouTube will never be able to replace. We might change to way we listen to radio but curated music shows that are presented with human personality will never die. Also, Radio is more than just a place to listen to music, it can be a friend when you’re alone. These days of isolation are when radio really comes into its own.
Radio stations you listen to?
BBC 6 Music is my go-to station. The best radio station in the World!
Your best experience in Mexico?
So many to choose from but I’ll go with my most recent trip when I came with my family for a vacation in Los Cabos. Out on the boat for the day with my wife and kids and some friends, watching the whales, drinking tequila. What a way to spend a day!
Your favorite Mexican food?
Tacos of course. I wasn’t a big fan of the grasshoppers and other insects you guys consider delicacies!
Favouite place to play in Mexico?
I’d have to say Bar Americas. They’ve been so consistently good there in Guadalajara for so long now, it’s always a real treat to play there. The crowd are so knowledgeable and warm and enthusiastic, it’s one of the best clubs in the World.
Mexican artists you like (can be any genre)?
Theus Mago, Robbie Akbal, Hector, Tini Tun, Gabriel I, Betoko, Chaty.
Other thing you want to share with us?
Just to say, look out for my latest single out now on Selador called ‘Racket Abuse’. It will be released at the end of May and comes with a Theus Mago remix whilst we’re talking all things Mexican! It’s a big one if I do say so myself! ;)