Month: November 2021

Are the Haçienda trolling Derrick May – and is Derrick Carter also in on the joke? The intriguing question after Carter replaces May on FAC 51 Easter 2022 event in London…

If there’s one thing certain DJs dislike even more than the public, club promoters, managers, their agents or indeed, anyone who make their own careers possible, it’s other DJs. They’d have you believe they have friends all over the place and everybody loves them - the opposite is normally true. Recently, a few people forwarded me an image taken from Instagram stories of Derrick May and Derrick Carter. The existence…

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As Traxsource release their 2021 In Review graphics to artists to tell them how they did on the site this year, are they relevant in the dance music scene today – or just a pointless vanity badge?

It's that time of year once more. The dance music scene is mostly winding down now for the winter. Clubs may well remain open - at least where Covid restrictions permit it - but as Christmas approaches, many producers retreat back into their studios to start making what they hope will be next year's hits. And naturally, it's also the time of year when Traxsource release their Year In Review…

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Isn’t it nice to know Comical Ali found a new job after the Iraq war? Music producer who’s clearly never read this blog has come up with a novel way to end the UK garage schism – let’s just stop reporting on it…

Back in 2003 during the Iraq war, a figure whom the public quickly came to know was Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf. He was the Iraqi government's Information Minister and was known in the press as Comical Ali due to his ridiculous claims during daily briefings to the world's press. On one occasion whilst doing a press conference in view of American soldiers standing under giant crossed swords in Saddam Hussein's parade…

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Criticising Jeff Mills for going to MDL Beast Soundstorm is racist – and other equally dubious feedback from last week’s articles on this blog…

Last week. this blog ran a five-part series of posts all about the MDL Beast Soundstorm festival being held in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh in a few weeks time. As anyone who read it might possibly have noticed, I’m not best pleased with the business techno line-up deciding they’re happy to attend a propaganda event for a regime which abuses human rights daily. The postbag received since then…

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Why ARE the dance music press so slow at reporting the news? Resident Advisor finally tell readers about Spotify’s Daniel Ek investing €100million in defence company – two weeks after a one-man blog did!

Traditionally, new editors are appointed to publications when the old one decides they're leaving or the management think new energy or a different direction is needed. And having studied some sociology a very long time ago, I quickly learnt that great editors put their mark on their magazines or newspapers. I would like to think my mark has been firmly stamped here on Amateur’s House, but that's for my readers…

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Here’s One They Made Earlier: the best remix of “Big Love” by Pete Heller’s Big Love… and bizarrely, it never received an official release!

Back around 2011, I was completely in love with the music of Richard Dinsdale. He appeared to have abandoned the increasingly stale electro house sound of the time and gone instead to make these unashamedly cheerful records instead - the antithesis of much of what else was on offer. During the summer of that year, he put out a one hour long set filled with nothing but his tracks and…

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Has Jeff Mills completely lost the plot? Now he posts ANOTHER defence of his choice to play high-earning MDL Beast Soundstorm gig – and claims his brand of techno provides “mental escape”!

So far, all of the DJs who are on the bill for the MDL Beast Soundstorm festival in Saudi Arabia next month are remaining quiet as the controversy over their appearances rumbles on. The collective strategy - accidental or intentional - appears to be keep their heads down, attend and get a big pay day just in time for Christmas. They do this knowing the useless dance music press won't…

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Turns out even he has his limits! King of the anti-vaxxers Piers Corbyn has released a song comparing mask wearing to farting in trousers – and it’s so incredibly bad even Danny Rampling won’t share it…

Mr Danny Rampling - known as The Runny Dumpling in certain quarters these days, I'm told - is known for sharing literally anything which supports his narrative on the Covid situation. Which seems to be that masks are useless, vaccines will kill you and we should basically just let the virus do its thing - when he's not denying its existence altogether. Of course, things weren't always like this. Back…

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Traxsource might have boosted the garage genre by putting it in its own category, but the schism within remains as wide as ever – and why CAN’T the old and new school get along?

Another day, another row in the world of garage music in the UK. This blog had a horrible feeling that the excellent news of Traxsource awarding garage its own category was only going to provide a temporary break to the schism which seems to permeate the genre. Most of the older DJs don’t appear to want to support the newer breed of producers who are starting to come up. There…

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Bit lacking in self-awareness there, Sofia! Derrick May’s “passport” girlfriend posts about eliminating violence against women – whilst failing to mention allegations facing her own 58-year old boyfriend…

Ever since I started Amateur’s House, one thing I've noticed is that a seemingly disproportionate number of people in the dance music world have a complete inability to see how they're perceived. They've swallowed so much of their own hype that they have long ceased to be able to see the woods from the trees. And they tend to associate with like-minded people. Hence why there's a lot of groupthink…

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