A DJ… AND Infected Mushroom’s tour manager? We were pretty stoked to talk to Randy Seidman after he opened the IM show at House of Blues Boston last weekend because we knew it would be cool to hear about both his roles and some experiences along the way. Randy has played with artists like Kaskade, Benny Benassi and M.A.N.D.Y. at parties of all sizes, not to mention playing over 150 shows with IM around the world. He is also signed to Israeli label, Fatali Music, and holds down the Open House podcast.
You’re a DJ, playing on Infected Mushroom’s shows, and you’re also their tour manager. How did this all fall into place?
►I started out interning in college for a big promoter in Los Angeles called Giant; they do Avalon and other big clubs, festivals and music events. When I graduated from college I saw a job opening at Infected Mushroom’s booking agency so I applied; the owner of Giant called and said to give me a shot and eventually Infected was like, “why don’t you come work for us directly.” That was about five years ago and it’s been an incredible journey ever since.
Did you first play with Infected Mushroom or work as their tour manager?
►Tour manager. They’ve always been super supportive about my passion and knew I was into DJ’ing and making music and the scene. After the first couple shows they realized I didn’t really suck that much so they kept letting me do it. It’s great, has given me a lot of exposure and paved the way for some of my own gigs, too.
How did you get into music?
►I was a debater in high school, and the guy who recruited me to go debate in college also convinced me to go to my first rave when I was 17 or 18. At this big New Year’s Eve party in LA called Together As One, I saw 40-50,000 people just having the time of their lives because of the DJ and thought, “man, this DJ is making these people’s lives.” It was amazing, and I wanted to be able to provide that experience, thinking it’s an amazing way to unite people, perform and get that rush, so I just started working on it.
How can you relate the roles of being both a DJ and a tour manager?
►I feel like in the music business, you need to be business savvy and be able to know what’s going on with contracts and what not. With debate and argumentation in high school, I figured representing artists was a good way to further my passion because networking and meeting artists and promoters would also help further my career as a DJ.You’ve played with artists like Kaskade, Ferry Corsten and Cosmic Gate. If you could play with any artist of choice, who would it be and why?
►I like playing with all sorts of different artists because I love a wide range of electronic music – deep tech, progressive, all the way up to trance. Playing with a lot of people gives me that opportunity to express different types of flavors but if I has to choose someone, I’d say Paul Oakenfold. He’s the one who really made me fall in love with this music; those were the mixes I started listening to when I first got into the scene.
You’ve had opportunities to play all different kids of events: small venues like RISE here in Boston, larger clubs elsewhere and big festivals like WMC and Ultra. What’s something great about each type of crowd size?
►At smaller venues – like Rise which is voted one of the best clubs in the world – the vibe there is unparalleled. You can really connect with the people; you can look them in the eyes, smack their hands and pump their fists. The vibe is a vibe you just don’t have at a festival or when you’re playing in front of a crowd of thousands because the DJ booth is maybe 50 feet away from the front row, with that detached feeling. At festivals, on the other hand, you can play massive tunes and people are going apeshit and it’s bonkers; it’s a totally different vibe but awesome in it’s own way.
Have you been working within the trance genre all along?
►I was into Paul Oakenfold when I first started; back then he was playing what I consider quality progressive house. I dig trance, I like melodic music and that’s why I dig progressive house – not like the David Guetta type of progressive house, not that big commercial sound – but that big melodic, chunky, driven sound. I’m all about the progression of sound. I like to start my sets with tech house, groovy deep house and build my way up. If I’m playing with Infected or someone who’s a trance artist, I’ll build it up to trance or something appropriate.
Are there any genres you’d like to experiment with?
►I collect a lot of different genres because I’m into it all. I’ve never played dubstep but I collect quality dubstep tracks. I also really like swanky chill out music; in November 2012, I did a downtempo mix for Ibiza Sonica Radio that was really well received.
Any advice for young people coming up?
►Just keep pushing because the scene isn’t going anywhere. There are people who drop out like flies but if you keep going and keep working hard, you’re sure to be seen.Can you pick out a most memorable moment in the last five years?
►Playing Privilege in Ibiza was really cool, or playing the Ministry Of Sound party at Ellui, South Korea. It’s tough to say, I’m really grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had.