I write stories, articles, interviews, news, features and promotional copy about music, music technology, DJing, production, clubs, and the larger associated culture.
..Here, in a tiny venue, we can hear every response to every lyric and every funky lick, from a tiny crowd who are clearly entranced by the performance...
From awkward adolescence through to early retirement, here's how every DJ's time on earth pans out.
...A DJ simultaneously frowns in concentration and grins with joy, her arms crossed in front of her, her left hand tweaking the EQ, her right slamming the crossfader on the mixer back and forth perfectly in time to the beat...
...when the MRK–2 was introduced to popular music as an instrument in its own right, it subtly changed the way that the music world thought about drums and percussion...
Five things that will definitely happen when you play in public for the first time
"...The research also demonstrated that there is a clear link between people buying vinyl and then realising they would need to also buy a record player..."
A love letter to J Dilla's 'Donut's album
"What drives a man, now in his early middle age, to allow the barbarian hordes of South-East England back to his flat, every weekend, for all these years?"
Our man in the booth, Harold Heath, reports back from Britain's leading dance music conference.
"...Who else will lend you a headphone adapter at 4am, or listen to you bitch about how your plan to only play Mood II Swing dubs all night failed because the audience "weren't clued up enough"
"...This period saw Stevie hungrily embracing the newly available synthesiser technology, indulging in an ongoing race with Herbie Hancock to get the latest synth with the very first model number. .."
"...The canny entrepreneur and music industry player plans to capitalise on his new notoriety within his Starbucks branch by continually talking to his work colleagues as though he were actually a successful music producer, rather than a full-time assistant shift supervisor..."
"...they walk away convinced that it was the fact that they used the flanger on every other mix that really nailed it, while the truth is that the party was a success despite their best efforts to cause death-by-flanger..."
"UK music awards the BRITs have been praised for censoring UK Grime star, Mercury Music Prize winner, million selling artist, and role model for a generation, Skepta."
"From the confines of my greasy wooden booth I pumped out a toxic blend of 50 Cent, J-Lo, and Bryan Adams, and gave the biggest shout-outs I could muster through my Tandy microphone..."