Month: June 2022

Why isn’t the dance press reporting Guy Gerber rape claims?

Last Tuesday, Ears To The House reported on the news that Mavi De Mars had written posts on social media accusing the Israeli-American DJ Guy Gerber of rape in 2013. We reported a little on the detail of the allegations, as well as strongly emphasising that Gerber denied the allegation. We also published an article last Friday reporting that his events at Mirror Games and Rumors had been suspended until the matter was resolved. However,…

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Resident Advisor’s curious definition of “affordable”…

At Ears To The House, we never claim to speak on behalf of our readership - we say what we think and you can decide for yourselves - but even we suspect some of you might also be wondering why so much stuff costs more than it used to. The cost of living crisis, as it's called, seems to disproportionately affect the poorest in society. One group which appears to date to be immune to…

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The Insider explains: why do dance music press pander to egotistical DJs?

With allegations that Carl Craig personally intervened to ban journalist Annabel Ross from reviewing Movement Festival for Mixmag still not being denied by anyone involved, Ears To The House poses a question. Is it standard practice for the dance music press to pander to the whims of egotistical DJs who think they're more important than everyone else - or is this just a wider music industry thing? The consensus at HQ is that the music…

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Derrick May banned “passport” girlfriend from Rome event

Things all seem to be kicking off in the world of Derrick May this week - and not in a good way. A number of sources in Detroit have got in touch to report all is not well (yet again) between May and his Greek "passport" girlfriend Sofia Tsagaraki. Now, a quick explanation might be necessary here for the benefit of our newer readers - because this isn't a subject we've covered in some time.…

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Larry Levan tribute nights? No, we’re not fans, either…

Back on Monday, Ears To The House published an article about a Frankie Knuckles tribute event in Italy last weekend which met with scorn by David Morales - one man who knew Knuckles more than most. We commented on how no money from the event appeared to be going to the Frankie Knuckles Foundation in Chicago - indeed, the only benefactors appear to be those playing or holding the event. This is a scene where…

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Wednesday Whisper: 29th June 2022

This week, you've got quite the treat from us - two rumours for the price of one. Aren't we just great? Which Ibiza venue is already getting bogged down with complaints about the cleanliness of their toilets? It's not even peak season yet, but the venue in question has already been deluged with customers saying that the state of the bathrooms is, frankly, a bit crap. Criticisms made to venue staff so far include pressure…

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Nervous Records – where it’s 1975 all day, every day…

We get the sense that this is one of those weeks where a number of people in dance music descend even further into parody than normal - and it's only Wednesday. Yesterday, Ears To The House wrote about how the okay-ish DJ Danny Rampling is headlining a festival about "freedom" - a term which has a different meaning to him than the rest of us. And last night, it was the turn of Nervous Records…

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Joe Smooth’s “rough idea” on Beyoncé’s track beats real thing…

There's sometimes something to be said for getting a professional in to do a job. For example, if your electricity supply went down, it would be perfectly reasonable to get a qualified electrician to fix it. But in the topsy-turvy world of music, we have a whole industry which seems to think normal rules don't apply to them. Hence why last week saw the release of "Break My Soul" by Beyoncé Knowles, courtesy of Columbia…

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As Defected get ready to release “Calabria”, one question from us – why?

Defected is one of those labels which Ears To The House looks at with a certain degree of respect combined with occasional bafflement. And this occasional sense of bafflement comes around roughly once a year - usually when we look at their forthcoming release and one of them just leaves us scratching our heads. This is one of those times. Simon Dunmore’s label is releasing a new version of "Calabria" by Claptone this coming Friday…

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Two years after Covid hiatus, will Mixmag EVER return to print?

Some people may currently be forgiven for thinking we wanted nothing more than to see the back of Mixmag after their recent disgraceful treatment of Annabel Ross - whose coverage over Derrick May and Erick Morillo won the publication an award. But nothing could be further from our minds - indeed, Ears To The House would dearly love to see a thriving Mixmag once again. Let's be honest here. The Mixmag of the 1990s was…

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