Month: January 2021

Derrick May and who you won’t see talking about him

Dave Clarke has had something of a good pandemic. His views about plague raves and the importance of not spreading this awful virus have resonated with a lot of people. I happen to agree with him thoroughly on the matter. But there is one thing that I am rather uneasy about regards the self-styled "Baron of Techno". And that is his silence on one particular subject. Reading interviews he gives and his frequent social media…

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2 Stepper At Play, anyone?

I could do with your thoughts on this one, reader. Because I'm not quite sure what to do. Recently, I've been making some new music under a slightly different genre to normal. This isn't the sort of hybrid house that appears under the Amateur At Play name - it's basically somewhere between 2-step and UK garage. Like everything else I try to do, I invariably end up applying my own stamp to it. I think…

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Now dabbling in ghost production? Meh

Ghost production is one of those areas in dance music that leaves me feeling surprisingly indifferent. I get adverts offering to sign me up to these kinds of services all the time. To me, it sounds no different than a photographer putting out generic stock images - they're not getting credited for their work, but they are making money out of it. It's something I've considered dabbling in, although I'd realistically have to do it…

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The Six On Saturday (That Aren’t From Me!) – January 30th 2021

On the week that a library in Canada saw a book returned 82 years late, I go through the tracks that will leave your collection as well stacked as a box of books! Martin Denev Feat. Anggela Vani - You Got Me (Plastik People Digital)It took me a few listens to get into this one, if I'm honest. It did little for me at first, but do persist with this. It's quite rewarding. For more…

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The Saturday Recap – January 30th

Time for a new feature now. Life is busy, especially at the moment, so I thought I'd start doing a quick recap of the past week here on the Amateur At Play website. Let's face it, it's got to be better than watching James Martin cooking something or other on the telly. As you can see, there's something new to read every day! Here's highlights from across the week. Sunday - why the boss at…

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Yabba dabba doo – Distrokid will make you famous!

Many years ago, as a child, I recall watching an old episode of a great cartoon called The Flintstones. In this particular episode, Wilma and Betty went to a bar for a drink and were reliably told by the barman this was the place women went to in order to be "discovered". I wonder what Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rumble would seemingly make of this. In order to get discovered by the major labels now,…

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Festivals and the 2021 damp squib

Journalists are notorious windbags. If they've got no story happening now to write about, it doesn't take them long to write a speculative story - and Mixmag have just done precisely that. They're keen to find out how many festivals they'll have to go to this summer, mostly in the hope that it'll be higher than the 2020 total of zero. Glastonbury have already announced they're not going ahead - getting 200,000 people together in…

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