FRISKY Talk 014: Steve Parry

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For decades, Steve Parry has been influencing the electronic music landscape from behind the scenes and behind the decks. His roles in the industry have ranged from working as manager for the famous 3Beat records, to promoting events that enhanced Liverpool’s nightlife, hosting Red Zone radio on Juice FM for 10 years, to resident DJ for the legendary venue Cream. He’s not only responsible for sourcing the records that DJs like Sasha & Digweed were spinning, but he has continued to direct the sounds of the scene through Selador Recordings, where he and Dave Seaman recently celebrated the label’s 5 Year Anniversary. Today he continues his legacy impact not only through the label’s cutting edge, genre spanning releases, but in sharing distinctive and outstanding music through his FRISKY Show Selador Sessions. (And one of the judges of the Get FRISKY with Selador Mix Competition!) His role as perpetual record seeker has also continued through his company SMP3 Music Management, where he sources and promotes music for the industry’s top players.

Through all that he’d experienced, Steve’s perspective on the electronic music industry is truly unparalleled. He was there at the start, beginning as a fan who fell in love with the music and had to know the name of all the best tracks, even if that meant sneaking past security to get to the DJ booth. I absolutely loved this conversation, where he takes us through the early days and into today’s scene, with exceptional insights that comes naturally to him but were a revelation to me. From how football hooligans became united on the dance floor, to why so many DJs seemed to lose their flow when the industry went through the post-vinyl changes, Steve’s understanding and passion for the music shines through in all that he shares. Stories about record shopping, when he first met Dave Seaman and Sasha, opening for Dave Ralph, and his desire to keep clubbing for the rest of his life… it’s awesome. This is an episode of FRISKY Talk you won’t want to miss.

Lauren Krieger