Month: February 2021

Is Derrick May appearing at 51st State Festival? Mystery as festival bosses both deny and refuse to deny rumours on social media

I've been looking at this over the past few days and I've decided to post about it. Perhaps it'll help clear up the mystery of whether Derrick May - accused of rape and sexual assault by no less than 20 different women - will be appearing at the 51st State Festival in August. Currently, this flyer is doing the rounds. Derrick May's name is clearly stated quite high up the poster. This is where things…

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Would Pacman have been an anti-vaxxer too?

I have to laugh at the nescient lack of self-awareness that some people out there possess. I'm not sure what else you can do - you can't ignore them, as that might even be dangerous, but you can't take them seriously either. There's plenty of them around at the moment, and for many, their favourite subject is the coronavirus vaccine. They say they won't have it, because they don't know what's in it. Really? I'm…

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Racism pays well in the music industry, doesn’t it?

On February 2nd, Morgan Wallen was removed in disgrace by Spotify from its coveted playlists due to a video where he's clearly heard shouting a racial slur. Were Spotify trying to appear all woke, or were they genuinely outraged by what had happened? You can be the judge of that. All I know is that on February 23rd, just three weeks later, he was reinstated on one of the biggest playlists they have. We all…

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Derrick May drops his own fight – is it what it is?

I see that the defamation case that Derrick May brought against Michael James has been dismissed - by Derrick May himself. It appears that May didn't have the bottle to finish the fight that he started himself. I might come back to this one another time to talk in more detail. Right now, it's Saturday night and I'm in no mood to write long posts. So this will suffice. Just a few short weeks ago,…

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The Six On Saturday (That Aren’t From Me!) – 27th February 2021

On the week that a man faked his own kidnapping so he didn't have to go to work, I go through the records that might not get you out of work, but might certainly make it go a bit faster! Lee Wilson - Sometimes (Spacedisco)Now this is an unexpected surprise. Most of Hatiras stuff is filled with disco samples and as much as I respect everything he's accomplished over the years, a lot of his…

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The Saturday Recap – 27th February 2021

It's the weekend! Your Six On Saturday column is coming up later, but let's start with a recap of what's been on this site during the week. There's something to read every single day... Sunday: not working for long periods? I know the feeling. Monday: shaking down at night is coming back soon. Or is it? Tuesday: Daft Punk have split up. Why I don't care. Wednesday: why Boris won't be going to a festival…

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One reason why sample packs AREN’T totally evil

There are many out there who berate sample packs. They allow people who know nothing about music to make music, these purists say. You know where this is going, don't you? Their usual haunt these days is Facebook threads, where they're happy to peddle rubbish that anyone who hasn't studied at least a dozen music theories and learnt to play 47 instruments. I should know - I encountered one a few years ago. I've mentioned…

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Has Sterling Void sued me yet? P.S. The answer is no

Naysayers out tell me to stop writing about Sterling Void. It's "boring", they say. He's "yesterday's news", said another one. And yet every time I write about him, my readership soars. Care to explain that one? Anyway, in October last year, Mr Void sent me a legal threat - well, what he thought was a legal threat anyway. The exchange is published in full below. A few people reminded me of this lately and asked…

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I should go make some records…

I sometimes get asked what the most frustrating aspect of being a music producer is. For me, the answer is pretty easy. It's the fact there's loads of other stuff you have to do which stops you from actually making music - a music producer is meant to produce music, are they not? Running social media can take a lot of time if you're not careful. I have to plan this quite regimentally, if I'm…

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Still missing the target by 592, DJ Sneak

It's been well documented, not least of all here and here, that DJ Sneak has his issues with the way music is consumed in the digital age. He's not alone in that - but he cut a pretty solitary figure when he revealed that he wanted to pull his catalogue from Traxsource. So I thought I'd keep an eye on the progress. Now, I'm well aware that Sneak won't own the rights to everything he's…

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