Should dance music be organic and 'real'? Should it fuck, the more synthetic the better says our resident ranter...
Time was, in the '80s and '90s when dance music was so massively marginalised by mainstream culture (yeah, so what’s new?) that trying to get...
When did dance get so damned elitist?
“In the beginning, there was Jack, and Jack had a groove… One day Jack declared, "Let there be HOUSE!" and house music was born. And, you see, no one man owns house because house music is a universal language, spoken and understood by all... Jack is the one that can bring nations of all Jackers together under one house. You may be black, you may be white; you may be Jew or Gentile. It don't make a difference in OUR House.”
This month's coverstar speaks out.
Following last year’s “We all hit play” run-in over EDM live sets, Deadmau5 and Afrojack had another very public difference of opinion this summer.
Why is shuffling being mocked and banned?
I’m going to tell you a little story about dancing — this is a dance music mag, after all. It’s 1991. I’m deep in some ramshackle Northern warehouse rave. I’m at one with the universe, have just had my sixth life-changing conversation of the evening and am now busy chatting with my fourth new best friend in the last hour.
“Money can’t buy you love,” sang The Beatles, although most people do want to be loved. This is especially true of a lot of top-flight DJs, narcissists at the best of times, who feel all at sea if they aren’t constantly getting reassurance about how great they are — and popular.
We speak to the outspoken 'House Gangster'
Outspoken 'House Gangster' DJ Sneak was part of the second wave of Chicago house DJs alongside Derrick Carter, Green Velvet and Paul Johnson. Now based in Toronto, Canada, he says he misses his old friends and places to go out to eat and drink, but catches up with most of them in Miami at the WMC anyway.
Superfreq legend in Facebook rant
Mr C is a man known almost as well for his outspoken nature as for his music - just read our recent feature for more...
At what point did remixing mainstream pop rubbish become acceptable?
Don't get DJ Mag wrong, there's been a long tradition of the remix as a credibility boost in the music industry. Back in the day, from the late '80s and the first crossover of house music onwards, dire popstrels of the ilk of Simply Red and the Spice Girls (or rather their record companies) would be queuing up for a taste of authentic dance flavour, getting cool names to remix their tracks in order to boost sales of 12”s.
House don vents on dodgy promoters and pirates
Tech house DJ and producer, Timo Garcia has spoken out on the pitfalls of breaking through to the dance music scene.
Speaking to The Sun...