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Harold Heath ‘Long Relationships: My Incredible Journey From Unknown DJ To Smalltime DJ’

Harold Heath’s new book ‘Long Relationships: My Incredible Journey From Unknown DJ To Smalltime DJ’ is a funny, poignant…

Attack’s Favourite Music of 2021 – So Far

Despite the ravages of the pandemic, 2021 has served up some truly brilliant dance and electronic music. Here’s a…

Better Days, Better Nights

The effects of the pandemic and the corresponding inadequate government support have put UK nightclubs and dance music culture under…

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…

What Is The Role Of The DJ Today?

DJ and producer Funk Butcher (Kwame Safo) recently suggested on Twitter that you’re “Not really a DJ if you…

How Not To Do A DJ Handover!

Attack writer Harold Heath can’t stop thinking about this Craig Richards Boiler Room set……

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…

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.

Beyond Liverpool: Dance Music’s Accountability Problem

While the scenes from Liverpool’s ‘First Dance’ event were a joy to behold, writer Isobel Moloney looks at the…

Is It Time For A DJ Union?

We all hoped the pandemic would be a time for dance music and club culture to ‘re-set’ but a…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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