Time Out with DJ Dave Haslam
Dave Haslam's career encompasses DJ-ing at the Hacienda, tours with the Stone Roses, aftershow parties for New Order, Depeche Mode, and Gorillaz, as well as gigs in Chicago, Detroit, Berlin, Paris, Reykjavik, Lima, and Ibiza.
Dave Haslam’s career encompasses DJ-ing at the Hacienda, tours with the Stone Roses, aftershow parties for New Order, Depeche Mode, and Gorillaz, as well as gigs in Chicago, Detroit, Berlin, Paris, Reykjavik, Lima, and Ibiza. Author of three acclaimed books, his numerous other cultural interventions include presenting Sonic Youth’s first headline shows in Manchester and creating an installation for the Berlin-based ‘Shrinking Cities’ exhibition
What's your idea of a perfect weekend?I'm happy with any kind of weekend as long as I get an hour to myself in Folk on Burton Rd to have a coffee and a read of the paper; as long as West Brom win; and as long as I'm DJing to a frenzied crowd of appreciative and happy people. If a weekend goes by without a gig I'm bereft. Do you cook or are you cooked for?I cook for the family, yes, tea on the table at six. My youngest child wants me to start cooking with a tagine, as she saw the Hairy Bikers using one. I'm not sure baked beans on toast would work in a tagine though.Favourite restaurant and who is most likely to be your dining companion?The Lime Tree in West Didsbury. We can walk there, because it's just round the corner from where I live, and the food is generally lovely.Putting reality aside, it's that old chestnut about which five famous people - living or dead - you'd most enjoy the company of at your dinner party?Iggy Pop, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, James Joyce and Naomi Watts. None of them are foodies I don't think, but the drink would flow for sure. I'd like to spend a few hours staring at Naomi, but unfortunately with those other men in that crew I'd probably be last on her list. Except I guess I could try to entice her into the kitchen to help me with the dishes while James explains 'Ulysses' to Iggy.
What's your favourite holiday destination?Paris is my favourite place in the world. I've been lucky enough to DJ there twenty times or so, and when I go over there now I try to make a weekend of it, and meet friends and go to an art exhibition and eat out and just wander the streets. Brilliant.Whose talent would you like to steal and why?I'd like to steal Grayson Perry's talent, and his wardrobe. I love it that he makes great art and then he goes on TV dressed as Little Bo Beep.Your favourite song? 'Moonage Daydream' by David Bowie. What was the last book you really enjoyed reading?'Giovanni's Room' by James Baldwin, set in Paris in the 1950s. I've read a lot of his novels. They're so honest, and his words seem to just tumble out. His themes are timeless too; his characters are full of anger, yearning, and confusion. And in this particular novel they stay up late and race across Paris in taxis trying to find happiness and his love for the city shines through.Who do you regard as a modern day hero?I don't really have heroes; the people I respect most are people who stay cheerful under difficult circumstances, and people who make the best for themselves without taking advantage of others. What are you most looking forward to this particular weekend?I'm hoping to get time to crack on with another book. It's a massive undertaking doing a book, but I'm beginning to fill a notebook with ideas and this weekend I'm hoping to get time to make some decent progress with it. I don't like to discuss it though; talking about a book you're one day going to write is so much easier than actually writing one.Dave Haslam's future schedule includes gigs in New York, Cleveland (Ohio), and Paris (his 20th gig in the city).