DJ Dave Seaman insists genres don’t make sense to him anymore
He is one of the godfathers of the UK House movement. Over the course of a glittering career, Dave Seaman has enchanted clubbers across the world with his DJ sets and CD compilations. In the city as part of his India Tour with Submerge, the DJ got chatting with MetroPlus.
Having played here before, Dave is not entirely new to India. “I had a good experience the last time I was there, I have a feeling this time is going to be even better. I’m excited about the new tracks I will be playing here.”
It’s his ability to shake, rattle and roll a crowd into a triumphant mass of up-stretched arms that’s catapulted him to the top. Dave has played in 70 countries, countless fields and a selection of the world’s finest nightclubs over the last 15 years. From Creamfields to Glastonbury, the Arctic Circle to the Arabian deserts, Dave is proof of dance music’s global ability to unify and excite.
Of how he’s evolved as an artiste, he says: “I am the kind of person who moves with the times. One cannot stay in the past at the same time you cannot just jump onto any bandwagon. Today, I play a lot more House music than I used to when I just started out. From the technical standpoint too, things have changed. I’m more creative behind the decks. I experiment with different hardware and software. From the days of Vinyl to the era of the USB, my principle has remained the same-to make the kind of music that celebrates life. It is only the style of playing this music that has really changed.”
In terms of his music and signature sound, the DJ says: “Genres don’t make sense to me anymore. I used to play what they called progressive house music. But now that genre has come to be associated with the kind of sound Swedish House Mafia, for instance, creates. Now, I’m given the Deep House DJ tag. I however, would think it’s safe to say my signature sound is underground electronic house music.”
Dave Seaman recently collaborated with artistes such as FunkAgenda, John Fleming and Israeli DJ/Producer Guy Mantzur. “They’ve all been wonderful people to work with. Collaborations like these have contributed to my growth as an artiste over the years.”
Ask him what he thinks of the EDM landscape in our country and the DJ says : “The huge number of EDM artistes who do gigs in India speaks for the scene here. The genre itself is expanding and its infectiousness is spreading like wildfire. I am hoping to be able to work with DJ Pearl from here. She’s a powerhouse of talent.” Following this tour, Dave Seaman is headed to South America next.