Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Allister Whitehead & Dave Seaman - Zeitgeist: New Directions

CD given away with the December 1997 issue of Mixmag, a showcase for Stress & their sister label Related.

Allister Whitehead began his DJing career way back in 1987 at the tender age of 17 - no surprise unconventional. Starting out in his hometown of Nottingham, Allister took up a residency at the Koolkat, where he often played next to the ubiquitous Graeme Park on Saturday nights. His growing reputation quickly led to another residency, at the seminal club Venus, but the biggest break came when he covered a spot at the Hacienda, standing in for Mike Pickering of M People. On the strength of this one night alone, he began his third residency. So now the story of our new Qaraj'ic master begins to unfold in earnest...

He achieved cult status at the Golden (he was actually the first guest DJ they had ever booked), which was voted cub of the year in 1993. Yet another residency swiftly followed, at Cream, where Allister found his largest following yet. His national status was further cemented with regular spots at Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher, and just about every club in between. Having proved his worth as a premier league DJ the time came for Allister to develop the Zero-G club in Nottingham. Regular crowds of 1500+ were attracted, as his Saturday nights were exclusive to this baby...his demand to play at other clubs the length and breadth of the country was of course, a natural consequence.

He was truly established as a household name worldwide with the Gold selling Fantazia album 'The House Collection 3' which was then, the biggest selling DJ compilation ever. The floodgates then opened to a new era of compilation sales becoming a dominating component of the dance music industry. Allister has since gone on to achieve 3 more Gold and 2 Silver albums with compilation for Fantazia and Ministry of Sound.

Nowadays Allister is undisputedly one of the UK's most prolific House DJs. He can be seen in the UK's most respected clubs, like Shindig in Newcastle, Lovezoo in Nottingham, The Zap in Brighton and Cream events, which regularly boasts the country's highest attendance figures. Committed to a punishing schedule, he has been known to travel to up to four countries in one week. He's travelling further a field than ever before, working in some of the finest clubs in the world in America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

1 OST - The Spy Who Dubbed Me - Part Two (6:34)
2 Superstars Of Rock - Strobelight Seranade (A Man Called Adam Danceteria Remix) (6:39)
3 Genetica - Antiskate (5:19)
4 Almighty Beatfreakz - Leone (5:00)
5 Innerself - Alive (5:55)
6 Music Is...Interlude (1:01)

Allister Whitehead - Zeitgeist: New Directions

Resident Advisor - Allister Whitehead

Allister Whitehead tunes to buy on Froogle

Most DJs fall into club-life by accident due to their love of music. Not Dave Seaman. He decided he wanted to become a DJ when he was eight years old – and Played his first gig at 12. All his DJ dreams have long since come true, but he’s never lost his enthusiasm or his creative drive. Seaman has headlined clubs on every continent – he is one of the UK’s most travelled, most creative, and most celebrated DJs in the world. In Japan he was photocopied in a life-sized Xerox for a Levi’s advert; in Australia he presented an episode of the BBC’s Choice World Clubbing programme and was later profiled for Channel 4’s 4DJ series. His Global Underground mix albums have come from Melbourne, Cape Town and Buenos Aires.

He’s DJed for a Stella McCartney birthday party, got drunk with Robbie Williams, and lived in New York. As half of Brothers In Rhythm, he produced for Kylie Minogue & the Pet Shop Boys, remixed U2, Michael Jackson and Dido. He was the defining first editor of Mixmag and a resident DJ at Shelley’s, the legendary acid house club that launched the career of Sasha. He was there at the beginning of the British dance music revolution and he’s still one of its leading proponents today, his contagious enthusiasm unabated despite this glittering career.

Today Dave Seaman is more energized than ever - because he recognizes that British dance music, having gone back to its underground roots after a period of upheaval, is entering a renaissance. Outside of the mainstream, away from the UK’s transient pop-culture fashions, cool new scenes are forming in cities all over the UK. “We’re entering a new phase. Dance music in the UK needed to implode - the great acid house detox,” Seaman says. “We shed all the dead wood and hangers on. I feel like I’m starting again almost. It’s very exciting.”

1 Genetica - Retrospace (5:56)
2 Palefield Mountain - Theme From PM3 (3:51)
3 Palefield Mountain - Sun Under Water (2:36)
4 Superstars Of Rock - Orange Sunshine (Acappella) (4:16)
5 Desert - Sonic Boom (4:48)
6 Genetica - Future Past (Beats) (1:15)
7 Manitou - Waiting (6:02)
8 Assassins Of Sound - Slipping In And Out Of Conciousness (5:18)

Dave Seaman - Zeitgeist: New Directions

Dave Seaman's site

Dave Seaman CD mixes to buy on Froogle


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