DanceTrippin asks... Dave Seaman
In the latest edition of DanceTrippin asks, we are honored to present to you Dave Seaman, veteran behind the decks, co-founder of Selador recordings and an all around interesting character. Dave was kind enough to gather some thoughts on his career, what's he up to these days and more.
- Many different styles can be found in your music, with an illustrious career spanning 25 years performing in many different countries. What major influences along your journey would you heavily influenced your style?
From the New York nightlife scene of the eighties and the early days of acid house at The Hacienda to traveling to more than 80 countries to DJ over the course of the last 25 years has all been an influence. All of those experiences add up and shape your viewpoint. And it continually changes. Burning Man Festival has been a big inspiration these last couple of years. That place can’t help but have a big effect on you.
- You grew up in Leeds, Yorkshire, not necessarily known as a clubbing hotspot in the north of the country. What major steps did you take to get your name out there in the beginning days?
Ha! I beg to differ. Leeds has had a strong clubbing culture for 3 decades or more. The Warehouse is still going strong, as is Dave Beer’s Back To Basics. But I will admit that my career in the industry only really started once I moved to London. I was very lucky to land a job at Mixmag in 1987.
- Your first legendary night at Shelley’s in Stoke, 1990, where you played vinyl alongside then-newcomers Sasha and Laurent Garnier. In a world predominantly focused on digital and not analogue, do you have a preference between the two?
There’s no doubt that digital is much more convenient. I don’t miss carrying heavy boxes of records around the world. But there’s something very appealing about analogue too. Especially when in the studio. Digital can feel a bit like a ready meal compared to analogue’s ‘made from scratch’ authenticity.
- As mentioned earlier, you've played in many different countries and continents around the world, with no signs of holding back yet. Is there something particularly unique about Amsterdam parties?
There’s a long rich history of clubbing in Amsterdam and I think the authorities there have played a big part in that. Whereas a lot of cities seem intent on sucking the life out of their nightlife, Amsterdam, like Berlin, has always celebrated it and it’s liberal laws and attitude have helped with that. The first time I DJ’ed there was at The Roxy in 1995 and every time I’ve been since, I’ve always had a great time. From the legendary Earth Parties at Melkweg, Motion at Panama and many more besides, a night out in Amsterdam is always a good one.
- How was this year's Amsterdam Dance Event?
It was great. Still the best conference on the Dance Music Industry calendar for me. You can actually get quiet a lot of business done there in between all the parties. Plus, we got to do our first label ADE party this year together with our friends at Sincopat, which was a big success. And it’s in Amsterdam! So what’s not to like?!
- What else is on the cards for Dave Seaman in next 5 years? Is there anything you're still inspired to achieve?
I’d like to do an artist album. That’s the one thing that I’ve wanted to do for a long time now but it takes such a big commitment of time it’s been hard to make it happen. It will though. One day :)
- How have the past few years been for you co-founding your own label, particularly with it celebrating it's 50th release, with support by John Digweed, Nic Fanciulli, Sasha, Nicole Moudaber, Hot Since 82, Adam Beyer, etc?
We’ve put in a lot of hard work but it finally seems to be paying off. We’ve only been around for 3 and a half years so to have achieved what we have so far we can only be happy. It’s a competitive market. There’s so much music and so many labels so to make your mark takes a lot of time and effort and dedication. But we love it. It’s a labour of love. Here’s to the next 50!
- Describe 3 crucial moments in Selador Recordings existence?
In September 2014, we released an EP from Robert Babicz. He was of the main people we both had on our shortlist of artists to work with us. This made us feel like we were going in the right direction, having Robert on board. He’s been great with us, delivering several originals, EP’s and lots of great remixes.
The SHOW-B remix of Jaap Ligthart & Alice Rose – I know Change, furthermore, certainly put us on the map and helped us climb up another rung of the musical ladder.
It was a funny one that whole release. Jaap originally delivered it as an instrumental track, and I said to him it needed something, maybe a vocal. He then delivered it with Alice’s vocal a few weeks later and we loved it. But trying to find a remixer for this track was a nightmare- we must have had the knock back from 100 remixers, we thought we were losing the plot ourselves, but we persevered and we ended up with SHOW-B and Him_sel_her remixes that were superb.
Ended up being huge for Maceo Plex, Ame, Dixon, Sven Vath, Danny Tenaglia, Solomun… everybody really… And is our biggest selling track..!
- Any interesting upcoming Selador projects?
Our next one is a new EP from Quivver – we love him here, so always happy to have another from him! Then we have Joal’s new track ‘the Magician’ featuring great vocals from Piermaria Chapus that has remixes from Steve Parry, Several Definitions and Jozif. Starting the New Year off, we have a collection of 12 artists with 12 tracks that should raise a few eyebrows!