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So You’re Thinking About Attending A Plague Rave

Writer Ana Monroy Yglesias looks into Tulum, the dark side of dance music culture and why we need to wait…

2020 A Year In Dance Music. Pt. 2: Plague Raves – Watch Like Nobody’s Dancing

We continue our review of 2020 in dance music, with the second half of a year in which DJs tragically…

Yousef: “Logic and Brexit don’t go hand in hand”

Last week DJ and producer Yousef (Crosstown Rebels, Hot Creations etc.) spoke to a UK government cross-party round table…

The Story of UK Bass in Seven Books

Bleep Techno, Jungle, Drum & Bass, UK Garage, Dubstep and Grime – some of the finest innovations in dance music over…

If Streaming Isn’t Going Away, Can We Make It Fairer?

We recently published a column about Spotify’s new pay-to-play initiative. This week we’re looking at what…

DJ Mag Top Oh My God Are We Really Doing This Again

The news this week has been full of illegal ballots, voter fraud, recounts and rigged counts – yes that’s right…

Promised Land(fill)

With over 40,000 pieces of music released every day, Harold Heath wonders how many jokes he can make at the expense of tech house.

Music Industry Suggests Sunak Retrains As A Decent Politician

Harold Heath examines multi-millionaire re-training advocate Rishi Sunak’s advice to the music industry to simply get another…

Swimming Against The Stream

Spotify announced their latest mad plan ‘Amplifying Artist Input in Your Personalized Recommendations’ this week. Harold Heath shares some fair…

The Unsung Synth Influence Of Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen may have been known as a guitarist but his synth work also had a lasting influence on a generation of kids raised on MTV.

Summer In The Hamptons

Have we, with a little help from the Chainsmokers, a Goldman Sachs CEO and a plot to hawk hand sanitiser…

How Come “Downloading for…” Is Even Still A Thing?

Yes DJs are very busy, and yes they get sent lots of promos – but that doesn’t excuse DJs leaving…

We Need To Talk About Plague Raves

As clubs in Italy and Spain close again amid rising COVID infections, Harold Heath wonders if it might be time…

Unconscious Racial Bias in the Electronic Music Scene

London’s Silverlining (aka Asad Rizvi) who is of mixed Indian and Pakistani origin, shares his experiences of the electronic…

Clubbing under Quarantine: Can Raving Go Digital?

What is dance culture without the clubs? To celebrate Pride Month, we take a look at a queer online dance…

Florian Schneider – Music Revolutionary

As a co-founder and key member of German electronic music group Kraftwerk, Florian Schneider changed the sound and the…

Act Now Before It’s Too Late

Dance music culture in the UK is about to head into the harshest winter it’s ever seen. Harold Heath…

How the DFAM Changed My Modular Life

Darren Selement reveals how Moog’s Drummer From Another Mother changed his life.…

Bohannon: Disco Disciple & House Precursor

Drummer and bandleader Hamilton Bohannon passed away last month. We take a look at his work and contribution to the…

Mike Huckaby: Ten Finest Musical Moments

Through the sadness of losing Mike Huckaby, we can take solace in the musical gifts he left for us.&nbsp…

Never Trust a DJ: DJ Translations

There’s a whole language of coded terms used by DJs but fortunately there are new technological solutions that can…

Streaming Won’t Kill DJing, But It Might Just Create DJ Ghosts

Harold Heath makes the case that “streaming won’t kill the DJ star”.…

Dancing: Schrödinger’s Cliche

Harold Heath takes another look at the ‘people-don’t-dance-anymore-they-just-stand-watching-the DJ’ discourse.…

Book Smarts: We Pick Our Favourite Dance / Electronic Music Books

If you’ve got a bit of time at the moment there are some superb DJing and dance/electronic music…

2020 Manifesto

With all the recent talk of political manifestos, we got to thinking about what an ideal dance music scene might…

Charity and Sabotage: Dance Music Twitter 2019

From business techno to rudeboy techno. From Aphex Twin to Midland. And from Beatport Link to rewinds, Harold Heath sums…

When is a polyphonic synth not a polyphonic synth?

Here’s a question for you: when is a polyphonic synth not a polyphonic synth? Answer: when it’s a…

Gregory Scott’s Kush Cafe: How to Hear Everything Differently, Instantly

Gregory Scott marvels at the moment of clarity that occurs when you play a track to someone for the first…

Rage First, Questions Later…

Harold Heath wonders if he would have got away with it…

Session Victims: Musicians in Dance Music

There’s been plenty of discourse around the impact of digital technology on DJs and producers, but what about musicians…

Gregory Scott’s Kush Cafe: Saturation is the new black

Yes, saturation is a pleasing mix colouring tool, writes Gregory Scott, but its real genius is its ability to craft…

Thomas Cox: The Gear Myth

Thomas Cox questions whether our obsession with expensive production tools is in danger of overshadowing the more important issues of…

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