DJ and writer Dave Haslam DJ'd over 450 times at the legendary Hacienda in Manchester during the late 1980s and has since DJ'd worldwide (including recent shows in Cleveland, Geneva, and Hamburg). He made his debut at the Hacienda on May 1st 1986. Ian Brown, Tim Burgess and the Chemical Brothers all later credited his eclectic Thursday night sets as an inspiration. In 1990 he toured America with Mike Pickering, Graeme Park, and Paul Oakenfold. Since the early 1990s he has hosted a variety of successful club nights in Manchester, including 'Yellow' at the Boardwalk.
He's played afterparties for New Order, Gorillaz, and Depeche Mode, and DJ'd in Paris many times; during Paris Fashion Week 2010 he headlined at a Paul Smith party at Cafe Carmen.
In the 1980s Haslam founded 'Debris', a post-punk fanzine. He's the author of, 'Manchester England', a groundbreaking study of Manchester's radical and musical history. On World Book Day in 2003 'Manchester, England' was declared one of the ten books that best represent England (alongside books by the likes of Jeremy Paxman, Zadie Smith, and George Monbiot).
He's subsequently written two more books; an alternative history of the 1970s ('Not Abba', some reviews here) and 'Adventures on the Wheels of Steel', a book about superstar DJs
His journalism has appeared in 'NME', 'The Times', 'The New Statesman' and 'The Guardian' and he's a contributor to 'The London Review of Books'.
He attended Joy Division's last ever show back in May 1980; since then, Sonic Youth have slept on his floor; Tony Wilson threatened to shoot him; he took John Peel to see Public Enemy; he's cooked cauliflower cheese for Morrissey; Neil Tennant introduced him to Tracey Emin; he's been namechecked by Noddy Holder and Andrew Marr; he's appeared in the films 24 Hour Party People and in Carol Morley's The Alcohol Years; he's created an installation for an art exhibition in Berlin.
He has appeared on radio and TV on dozens of occasions, including fronting a three minute film about Manchester's modern architecture for BBC online, and discussing Frederich Engels on Radio 4, graphic design on Granada TV, the Smiths on BBC2, the Notting Hill riots on BBC4, ecstasy on Channel 4, and the North/South divide on Radio 3. He has also been active in France, writing for the magazine Les Inrockuptibles and fronting and featuring in shows on Canal+. He had a weekly show for two years at XFM, and then moved on to Beatwolf Radio for a short while during 2012.
He's been an Associate Lecturer at the University of Salford (School of Journalism) and Manchester Metropolitan University (School of Art and Design). In September 2009 he was a keynote speaker at the 'Post-Punk: the Alternative 80s' conference at the University of Leeds. In March 2010 he delivered lectures on Joy Division in New York, Cleveland and at the Middle Tennessee State University. In November 2011 he presented a lecture on creativity and regeneration at NEIMED Krimplezing in Heerlen (Holland).
This year (2012) Haslam has worked on 'Thirty One Songs' a compilation album (featuring the likes of Everything Everything and Elbow) released to raise money for CALM, a charity devoted to reaching out to young people (particularly) who are suicidal.
He has also recently co-curated an exhibition 'Dreams Without Frontiers' at Manchester Art Gallery (featuring the artists Cyprien Gaillard, and Kelley Walker; and running until May 2013).
In 2009 he created the 'Close Up' series of live onstage in-conversations. His guests have included the Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller, writers Jackie Kay and Jonathan Franzen, musicians Terry Hall, Edwyn Collins, Kevin Rowland, Guy Garvey, New Order's Bernard Sumner, Jarvis Cocker, and Nile Rodgers. His
most recent 'Close Up' guests included Alastair Campbell (September 30th 2012), Michael Chabon (October 7th 2012), and Will Self (October 14th 2012).