Selador Records Launches April 15th
Written by Larissa Wignall
April 10, 2013 2:48 pm
“Of all the phrases in the English language, of all the endless combinations of words in all of history, cellar door is the most beautiful”
April 2013 sees the birth of Selador Records, the new venture from Steve Parry and Dave Seaman. The label, which will start off with a digital only release of Samu.l’s ‘Restless Dreams’, also begins with a revolutionary measure within electronic music; having successfully utilised crowd funding for the first time ever to finance their debut mix compilation release.
Dave and Selador put their reputation on the line to request £25000 to fund the first ever crowd sourced mix compilation, and did so with 11 days to spare on the initial 28 day target. As a groundbreaking measure in dance music the onus is firmly on delivering what the fans want rather than a standard assembly line of CD compilations. This is a product that has only been possible after the input and support of Dave’s fanbase who wanted to be part of the measures, and adds a new chapter in the history of the mix compilation, an artform that remains under siege from the internet in recent times.
Dave’s historical impact in the realm of the mix compilation is already assured after he famously mixed the first ever commercially available mix CD in 1991 alongside Carl Cox – Mixmag Live. This heritage, coupled with Kickstarter’s success, which is firmly in the spotlight after one of its funded projects received an Oscar (‘Innocente’), seems to be the perfect combination for what has proven to be an evolutionary step in the history of the mix compilation, and create a talking point for which Selador springboards into the public domain. Fortunately the music behind it all resoundingly delivers.
The labels name was inspired from a memorable passage from Richard Kelly’s 2001 cult classic movie ‘Donnie Darko’, where the most phonetically pleasing combination of words in the English language is mooted – Cellar Door. The assertion is that nothing else manages to make vocabulary quite as beautiful. That search for rhythmic perfection and the most ‘beautiful sound’ struck a chord with Dave Seaman and on starting a record label with long time friend Steve Parry, it felt the perfect counterpart for their own lust for aural perfection.
As two of the most regal tastemakers in electronic music, Dave Seaman and Steve Parry certainly know a thing or two about a good record. Dave’s glittering international DJing career, countless compilations and stint as editor of Mixmag is the perfect foil for Steve’s fifteen years of experience at the helm of legendary Liverpool vinyl emporium 3Beat and his role as a record buyer and listener for some of the world’s leading DJs through his SMP3 Company.
The label’s release schedule has music lined up from Piemont, Pete Gooding, Stelios Vassiloudis, Han Haak and Just Be (aka Bushwacka!). On top of that both Dave and Steve will be turning out work in the studio to sit alongside the compilation once the funding has been assured. Stylistically the label represents a new chapter for both DJs, a continuation of the purer house sound both have been pushing in their DJ sets over the last couple of years.
But it’s Samu.l who delivers the debut release with ‘Restless Dreams’ which will be backed up by remixes from Shall Ocin and Dave Seaman and has already been supported by Fatboy Slim, Nic Fanciulli, Lee Foss, Hot Since 82 and Coyu.