Month: April 2021

EXCLUSIVE: Just what was the setup for Derrick May’s orchestral shows? Technical rider comes to light – but with no mention of whether the man himself can play

With May's recent failure to complete a challenge where he had to prove that two instruments playing in a different key on the same song wouldn't result in a horrific mess, the question has to be asked. Just who has been in on this? The dance music press are probably aware of it, for starters. But I imagine there was more money in propagating the Belleville Three myth than in telling the truth - and…

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“The small minority are a danger to us all”, DJ Danny Rampling used to say about Covid rule breakers. So, what’s changed, Danny?

These days, he seems to spend a lot of his time ranting and raving about how the government is going to arrest anyone who tries their hug their granny. Or something equally ridiculous. Yes, I am indeed talking about Danny Rampling, who used to be an okay-ish DJ but who's now an irrelevance who talks rubbish about "freedom" being lost, without ever defining what had been lost in the first place. He wasn't always like…

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Sneak’s a freak! House gangster DJ Sneak uses rude puns on his website stream – but what’s he packing that’s 12 inches in size?

A friend of mine mentioned yesterday that I haven't written about DJ Sneak recently. Well, I'll be giving an update on when Traxsource Freedom Day is for Sneak sometime next week. In the meantime, I thought I'd have a look around to see what he's been doing lately. Posting all over Instagram, ignoring Facebook and deleting his Twitter account appear to be the main things. He's also heavily promoting his own website. When you visit,…

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Now, about the homophobia: what you won’t be reading in the press as the veneration of Saint DMX goes on

New York State has decided it will be renaming December 18th "Earl Simmons Day" in honour of DMX, a rapper who died three weeks ago. We know this because Mixmag told us - the same Mixmag who couldn't care less who he was until they realised they could make money from writing about him. Look online elsewhere, and it's the same story. Don't speak ill of the dead is very much the motto of the…

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That’s gratitude for you! Resident Advisor – bailed out by British taxpayers last year – now complaining about PM Boris Johnson having no plan for EU touring

Resident Advisor - they who claimed to be a "cultural institution" in order to get a £750k bailout from Arts Council England - are complaining that Boris Johnson has no plan for British artists who want to tour in the European Union. Aside from in the Republic of Ireland, British bands, DJs and so on will have to pay sizeable amounts of money if they wish to tour in EU countries. From what I understand,…

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Derrick May can’t play, and conductor Dzijan Emin knows it – so why are they STILL doing an orchestral show in Poland next month?

I wasn't planning on writing about Derrick May again quite so soon, but my hand has been forced by the latest developments in this depressing saga. I do have other things to do, you know! One thing that strikes me about nearly everyone involved with Derrick May is the fact they don't care about the truth. Patricia Altisent knew the truth yet did nothing. Carl Craig knows, yet continues to seek work for him. Mike…

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What disease – and it’s not coronavirus! – threatens to bring the dance music world crashing down? Why the idolising needs to go

I remember the first time that I read a dance music magazine. It was all the way back in October 2001. I was at college at the time studying for my A Levels and I had some time to kill before I had to catch the bus home. So I wandered into town and saw a newsagents. I'd never been in here before and I saw they had a huge selection of magazines and newspapers…

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Should the festivals advertise all their acts equally? And why it might be important than you first thought

So, the festivals are on their way back. The world is taking some steps forward following Covid-19 - not that this is over, mind you - and people are trying to look forward to some sort of normality resuming. In some ways, it's good to see it. There are, of course, issues. Plague rave DJs being seemingly rewarded with festival work is a bugbear of mine. The total lack of progress regards having more female…

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Carl Craig is having a birthday party in Detroit, but the million dollar question is – will he invite his friend Derrick May along?

Since I started digging into Derrick May, I've learnt a lot of things about the man that I'd rather I didn't. But there's one area in which my knowledge is still quite lacking - and even my sources in the USA who have helped me corroborate some of the information can't quite describe it either. What is the relationship between Derrick May and Carl Craig? From what I understand, May helped Carl Craig to get…

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Glowing words towards the “brother that he never had”, yet he doesn’t follow him on social media: more rumours that all is not well with Masters At Work

A few weeks ago, I ran an article that asked whether all was well with Masters At Work. Despite the release of their first single as a duo for over 20 years, there seemed to be no sign of a joint interview with the two men. The piece received a few complaints from people claiming that I was simply trying to cause trouble. Absolutely not. They're both immensely talented as individuals and as a duo,…

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