Dave Haslam DJ’d at the Hacienda club in Manchester through the late 1980s. Ian Brown, Tim Burgess, Laurent Garnier, and the Chemical Brothers were regular visitors to Haslam’s ground-breaking DJing events at the Hacienda, and all have credited Haslam as an inspiration. He has since played worldwide, including Paris, Detroit, Berlin, Ibiza, New York, Hamburg, Lima, Geneva, and festivals including Creamfields, Primavera Sound, and Kendal Calling; and at afterparties for New Order, Gorillaz, and Depeche Mode.
He is also a renowned writer and broadcaster. He has appeared on radio and TV on dozens of occasions (on ‘Front Row’, Radio 3, BBC2, Channel 4, Canal Plus, VH1, Arte, Granada etc) discussing a wide variety of subjects, from graphic design to ecstasy, urban regeneration to the Notting Hill riots, and from the Smiths to Daft Punk. Pitchfork recently premiered a short film about the disco pioneer Cerrone, in which Haslam features alongside Nile Rodgers.
He’s written four books of cultural history; his new book, Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues, is published in August 2015.
In 2009 he created the ‘Close Up’ series of live onstage in-conversations. Since then he has conducted live onstage interviews with guests including the Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller, writers Will Self and Jonathan Franzen, musicians Terry Hall, Kevin Rowland, New Order’s Jarvis Cocker, Tracey Thorn, Black Francis from the Pixies, Neneh Cherry, and John Lydon. He recently hosted his first ‘Close Up’ interview in Paris, which took place at Silencio and featured Laurent Garnier.