Dave Seaman

Dave Seaman Biography

"THERE IS ONLY NOW": AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVE SEAMAN

Dave Seaman is a busy guy. Over the past year, the Leeds-born, London-based producer/DJ/label chief has released two mix albums of his own, done remixes with his Group Therapy production team for Gwen Stefani, Tears for Fears, Scissor Sisters and Starsailor, and kept up his relentless tour schedule -- all while continuing to oversee the increasingly high-flying Audio Therapy label, home to several top-notch talents like Pete Gooding and Habersham.

While Dave is certainly one of the world's most in-demand producers and DJs, perhaps his greatest attribute in the big-ego world of club music is his dedication to promoting the work of others. On both of his Therapy Sessions albums for the legendary Renaissance label, Dave handed over Disc Two duties to rising Australian stars Phil K and Luke Chable -- both now international stars in their own right thanks in no small part to their Therapy Sessions work. And recently, Dave launched a new Audio Therapy series called Across Borders that showcases relatively unheralded dance music producers from different countries around the globe (the first album focuses on one of Dave's personal favorites, Greece).

For a taste of Dave's DJ talents, listen to an exclusive mix he provided for us. Here's the track listing for it:

1. Royksopp, '49%' (Angello & Ingrosso mix)
2. John Dahlback, ' Prankster'
3. Luke Chable, ' Tokyo'
4. Depeche Mode, 'Precious' (Sasha mix)
5. Suicide Sports Club, ' Last ghost in town' (Redanka mix)
6. Sarah Mclachlan, 'Unknown' ( Tom Middleton Dub)
7. King Unique, ' Flashing Lights'
8. Pryda, ' Aftermath'

And while you're doing that, read what Dave had to tell us about his various projects, his life as a globetrotting DJ, and the music, people and places he's digging on these days.

AD: Tell us about the concept behind the Audio Therapy series.

DS: Having done so many CDs for both Global Underground and Renaissance, I just thought it was time to start my own series, so Therapy Sessions is a sort of flagship for the label. It also gives me chance to offer a platform for some of the other talent on our roster (Phil K, Vol.1 and Luke Chable, Vol. 2). Volume 3 will be out late next year. In the meantime, we've also started a new series called This Is Audio Therapy which concentrates on the labels catalogue, unreleased nuggets, exclusive mixes and that kind of stuff.

How many club dates a year do you play? What are your favorite cities to play in?

It probably averages out to about a hundred a year. There's so many cities I love to play. Tokyo and Melbourne instantly spring to mind.

You've done three sets for the Global Underground series: Melbourne, Cape Town and Buenos Aires. What is it with you and the southern hemisphere?

I'm doing a Michael Palin and working my way round in a circle. It's just that I'm doing it backwards!

As a former editor of Mixmag, you have more insight into my side of this whole interview thing than most DJs. Any advice you could give me on what not to ask a DJ in an interview?

My pet peeve questions are: "Can you tell us how you got started?" just because I'm sick of telling the story now and if an interviewer had done their homework they should know the answer already. And the other one, which must be one of those questions you learn at journalist school is: "What do you think is gonna be the next big thing?" Journalists tend to be obsessed with the "next big thing." Believe me, if I knew, I wouldn't broadcast it to the world.

Your shaved head is something of a trademark. When was the last time you let your hair grow out?

I actually tried growing it at the beginning of the year but realized I really am starting to thin a bit on top now and I actually prefer being bald so, if it ain't broke don't fix it!

What was the coolest perk you ever got at a club?

A blowjob.

What was the worst set you ever played? How about the best?

I don't have the best memory these days and having done so many gigs over the years it's hard to pick out the best and the worst. I have fond memories of Punta Del Este in Uruguay in 1999 and the first times I went to Romania and Greece.

Where do you stand on turntables vs. CDJs?

I never thought I'd say it, but I've stopped using vinyl. The CDJ-1000 has basically signaled its death. CDs are just so much easier to manipulate, to carry, to replace. Everything. Face facts, vinyl is dead. Soon it will be nothing but a quaint relic, like VHS or cassette tapes. What are all the names you've recorded and produced under?

Brothers In Rhythm is probably the most well known alias, although there's also Brothers Love Dubs, Creative Thieves, Gloat, Hip Service and most recently Group Therapy.

Is this the most exciting time to be a dance music producer/DJ or do you miss the "good old days"?

There is only now. The past no longer exists and the future isn't here yet. So don't waste the moment worrying about them.

Who are some of your favorite producers working right now?

I really like what King Unique do and I'm a big fan of Stuart Price. Of the new kids on the block, Luke Dzierzek has really impressed me.

What are some non-electronic albums you're digging these days?

I really like the Antony & the Johnsons, it's strangely seductive. The Elbow album is on heavy rotation at my house too. And Hard Fi. And Laura Veirs. And KT Tunstall. And The Shout Out Louds. And The Magic Numbers, Kanye West, Imogen Heap...the list could go on and on.

Which is funnier: the English Office or the American Office?

The English one is still the best although they did a surprisingly good job with the US one. Steve Carell is a funny man.

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