uch like the Pledge Music schemes which have been at the centre of everything from Radiohead albums to Beach Boys 50 year anniversary tours, Kickstarter invites fan funding to enable varying contributions to a project. Each pledge comes with a ‘reward’ based upon the value of the donation, with copies of the album on memory disk starting the ball rolling at £5. There will then be the opportunity to receive signed copies of the final CD, names in the credits, VIP nights out and even a Dave Seaman helmed house party, among other options. Full details are here.
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. 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 will doubtless prove an evolutionary step in the history of the mix compilation.
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.