Dave Seaman: Back for more
Dave Seaman is the iconic DJ: an eccentric, aloof, perfectionist. Yet he still has a intense connection and passion for both the music he works with, and the audience he plays for. As influential as he is enduring; Seaman has become known as a pioneer of dance culture through his early work as Editor of Mixmag, owner of record label Audiotherapy, and most famously as a technically brilliant DJ.
It is these skills and passion as a DJ which have allowed Seaman to tour every continent, including his second home Melbourne, and perform at ever major venue in the UK, including Renaissance, Gatecrasher and Cream. As one half of the Brothers in Rythmn; created as a result of meeting production mastermind Steve Anderson; the two rose to superstardom through the hit track Such a Good Feeling and remixing the likes of Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Placebo and Garbage, and producing for Kylie and Take That.
Today, his distinctly Balearic sound has won legions of fans the world over. “I love to have all styles of music. It’s like blue has been done, yellow has been done. But mix them together and you have green and that’s exciting.” Of course, Seaman is the first to admit his success has been due in part to a fusion of lucky breaks and opportunism.
Dave Seaman’s first break came when he was offered the editorship of fledgling music magazine Mixmag. As a writer he opened up to the company and magazine the revolution that was acid house, and as editor launched Mixmag to the general public – a major step in the meteoric rise of dance culture. When asked what he thought of that period, Dave replies “It was an exciting time. We didn’t know what we were doing so we just made it up as we went along.”
His second major break came when Mixmag photographer, Gary McLarnen invited Seaman to play at his new night Shellys in Stoke. An unlikely venue, the night became one of the biggest and best house nights in the UK. However, whilst Seaman has experienced his fair share of luck, it is his talent that has ensured his continued rise.
Since 2000 Seaman has dedicated his time to his “labour of love”, his label Audiotherapy. “The last four years have definitely needed a lot of patience. But we’re getting there, we have the right people.” His like-minded group of individuals have created a company which is highly respected by both artists and music buyers alike. It now holds artists such as Timo Maas, Anthony Pappa, Slacker, Evolution and The Light on its books and continually expands. One area where Dave and Therapy have focused is on Australia and its artists. “Australia has more talent per capita than anywhere in the world. It’s and exciting and awesome place and the people there really have pride in their music.”
Because of Dave’s love of Australia, in particular Melbourne, he has been a regular face in our clubs. And whilst he has been often accused of touring a little too often; it is clear that demand for his sound by promoters and the clubbers themselves hasn’t waned. His latest tour takes him further than he has gone before, venturing into Canberra and Hobart.
Before the interview ended, I was keen to ask someone who had be so influential in the rise of dance how he thought the scene had changed and where he thought it was going. “When it started it was fresh and new and nothing had ever been done before. It was a revolution. Now there’s a bit of a template which people work off. But people today are creating new twists and making it their own. It’s still an exciting time.”
Catch Dave Seaman on his Australian tour:
Syd – Sat 1 Nov, Sweetchilli @ Space Nightclub [BUY TICKETS]
Mel – Mon 3 Nov, Global Underground @ QBH [BUY TICKETS]
Can – Fri 7 Nov, Lot 33
Hob – Sat 8 Nov, TUU Bar
If you’re in Sydney, be sure to tune in to “inthemix on FBi”, Saturday November 1, between 8 and 10pm, as Dave Seaman will be in the studio for an exclusive 1 hour guest mix.