Dave Haslam is a writer, broadcaster and DJ who DJ'ed over 450 times at the Haçienda nightclub in Manchester and has since DJ'd worldwide. He has written for the New Musical Express, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, and The Times, and has published three books.
Originally from Moseley, Birmingham, and educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, Haslam moved to Manchester in 1980, and then graduated from the University of Manchester after which he worked as a concert promoter, hosting live performances by Sonic Youth, Big Black, Primal Scream, the Stone Roses, and others, and began DJing at clubs including the Man Alive and the Venue. From May 1986 he was a DJ at the Haçienda nightclub, including a residency at Thursday's Temperance club night until October 1990. In the 1990s he also hosted the weekly night Yellow at the Boardwalk nightclub in Manchester.
In the mid-1980s he founded the fanzine Debris and wrote for the New Musical Express. He also ran a music label called Play Hard Records signing bands such as King of the Slums, The Bodines and The Train Set. In 1999 he published a book about the Manchester music scene (Manchester, England), and, subsequently, books about superstar DJs called Adventures on the Wheels of Steel, and the music and politics of the 1970s called Not Abba; the Real Story of the 1970s (reprinted as Young Hearts Run Free; the Real Story of the 1970s).
His numerous other cultural activities included creating an installation for the Berlin-based ‘Shrinking Cities’ exhibition; presenting a twenty-minute talk on the North/South divide for BBC Radio 3; appearing on TV shows on BBC Two (including the series The Seven Ages of Rock, 2007 ), and on Channel 4, Granada TV, and Canal Plus (France); and, for two years, hosting a weekly music show on XFM.
In 2009 he created the ‘Close Up’ series of live onstage interviews. He has since conducted onstage interviews with guests including Jeremy Deller, writers Will Self, Jackie Kay, Michael Chabon, and Jonathan Franzen, musicians Terry Hall, Edwyn Collins, Kevin Rowland, Jarvis Cocker, Nile Rodgers and John Lydon. In January 2014 he hosted his first ‘Close Up’ interview in Paris, which took place at Silencio and featured Laurent Garnier. He returned to Silencio in October 2014 to interview the disco pioneer Marc Cerrone.
His DJ history includes touring with The Stone Roses, aftershow parties for New Order, Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, and the Charlatans, and gigs in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Berlin, Paris, Reykjavik, Ibiza, Lima, and Geneva. He currently holds an infrequent guest-only night, 'Sweet Sensation' at various venues in Manchester.
- Sandall, Robert (2005) "Pop: Not Abba by Dave Haslam", Sunday Times, 12 June 2005, retrieved 6 July 2011
- Norris, Richard (2007) Paul Oakenfold: The Authorised Biography, Bantam Press, ISBN 978-0-593-05895-4, p. 120