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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.

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…

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…

Summer In The Hamptons

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

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…

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 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…

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…

How the DFAM Changed My Modular Life

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

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…

Florian Schneider – Music Revolutionary

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

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…

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”.…

2020 Manifesto

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

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…

Dancing: Schrödinger’s Cliche

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

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…

Rage First, Questions Later…

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

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…

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…

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…

Boxia: Life on the Dancefloor

Can studying your audience help the music you make relate on a deeper level? In his own words, Boxia reveals…

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…

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…

Are You Ready For The Robot DJ Revolution?

Like it or loathe it, A.I. is here to stay. Chandler Shortlidge looks at how this is going to…

Snobbery Kills: Why Elitism in Music Can Stifle Creativity

If our scene is going to continue evolving, we need to be ready to look for great ideas everywhere. Not…

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…

Thomas Cox: Pulling No Punches

Our new regular columnist Thomas Cox introduces himself and sets out his manifesto for this column: an honest, no-holds…

Thomas Cox: Back To The Future

Thomas Cox explores the wonderful world of modern electronic instruments.…

Thomas Cox: Constructive Criticism

Has dance music coverage lost its critical voice? Thomas Cox argues that criticism is a much-needed constructive force.…

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