There aren’t many artists who’ve soundtracked the birth of dance music and are still leading its development more than two decades later. There are even less who have gifted both the club and pop scenes with unforgettable musical moments that get talked about in hushed tones years after their creation. Dave Seaman is one of a select few. Whether it’s one of his spine-tingling Global Underground or Renaissance CDs that’s still burning a hole in your stereo years after its purchase, or the perfect pop of Kylie’s ‘Confide In Me’ that he wrote, produced and remixed, there’s very few with their heart in electronic music who haven’t been touched by his oeuvre in one form or another.
Seaman’s unrelenting desire to propel music at all levels saw him kickstart the Stress Records imprint through DMC, showcasing tunes by some of the finest talent in dance music for more than a decade. Artists including Sasha, Danny Tenaglia, John Digweed and Groove Armada’s Andy Cato all released smoking club cuts on the label, with many crediting it as acting as a global launching pad for their careers. He followed Stress with a decade at the helm of Audio Therapy where similar levels of success ensued proving his ability to spot & nurture talent time and time again.
Without a doubt, his relationship with Renaissance is one of the most renowned in dance music, with Seaman having contributed 10 mixes to the revered series. Global Underground view the Brit in a similarly lofty light, having secured his services to mix their Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Cape Town & Lithuanian volumes. His most recent mix compilation, Beyond Borders: Berlin for Armada, even gatecrashed the Dutch Pop Charts, a particularly rare accomplishment for an resolutely Underground release.
30 years on from his initial boyhood dream, when he already knew that he was destined for a life full of beats and rhythm, the places and people may have changed, but Seaman’s passion hasn’t. As busy as ever, he still continues to create. His recent releases on Suara, Noir Muisc, Sudbeat & Hive Audio have seen him enjoy both critical and chart success and with a whole wave of remixes ready for release, you know Seaman’s always on the frontline of electronic house music.
Dave Seaman Top 10 May 2016:
01. Dave Seaman/ Ananda Project – Nightfalls (Selador)
02. Clavis – Alcine (Freerange Records)
03. Alice Rose & Malbetrieb – Creatures Of The Night (Quivver Dub) (Selador)
04. DJ Tennis – Chirality (Life and Death)
05. Jamie xx – See Saw (Nic Fanciulli) (Saved Records)
06. D Nox & Beckers – Salt (Selador)
07. Nicolas Masseyeff – Grain Blanc (Systematic Recordings)
08. Wehbba – Turning Point (ANNA) (Knee Deep In Sound)
09. Several Definitions – Near From You (Florian Kruse) (Selador)
10. Gorge – Yemaya (Mobilee)