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A statement from Amateur’s House about recent coverage

Well, it was bound to happen eventually, wasn't it? When you're holding people to account each and every day of the week - unlike the mainstream dance music press - you're eventually going to step on the toes of someone who doesn't like what you write. And sure enough, that has just happened. Annabel Ross - a journalist who helped expose Derrick May for what he is - has decided…

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I haven’t seen you around before! A quick tour around Amateur’s House for my new readers – just don’t expect your favourite artist to be taken too seriously…

I thought it was time to explain one or two things about this blog to the many new arrivals recently. You're all very welcome indeed, but I just need to make a few things clear. Firstly, this blog doesn't take many of the people in dance music seriously. They don't deserve to be taken seriously, frankly. Many of them have spent years having their egos fed and stroked at every…

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Evidence – as if any were required – that this blog is growing in popularity: I have a troll, and it thinks I make “cheap house”!

I must be going up in the world. Earlier this week, I wrote about how I'd just found out one of Derrick May's pals had started following me on Twitter to try and spook me. And yesterday, I discovered I have a troll who seems to have decided it fancies me. It's been going all around my site trying to leave comments, mostly of the personal insults variety. Unfortunately for…

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“I was promised hard articles”, claims a newcomer to the blog – so allow me to explain how things work around here…

I've recently been running an advert campaign on Facebook to try and increase the number of readers on this site. The readership has more than doubled since it began, and I'm pleased to say many are becoming regular readers and subscribers. To all of you, I say - welcome to the party! The premise of the blog is simple enough. As my strapline says, I write about the stuff in…

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What’s happening in the world of Amateur At Play? Here’s my much delayed statement on the subject…

I've been putting off this post for a while, but it's about time I said something. As you may already know, I have previously been putting music out under the alias Amateur At Play for a few years now, and I've had a few questions asking me what's happening. Well, the short answer is I'm currently taking a hiatus from releasing music. You will continue to see remixes that I…

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Mind the wet paint! Amateur’s House has a new name, new look – but the same sense of purpose that followers will love and detractors will dread

You might notice that I've got the painters in. They'll be around for a few more days in the background, but some of the bigger changes took place last night. Not least the sign for Amateur’s House, the new name the blog. Some new banners have gone up and will be going up too. Rest assured that the blog will otherwise remain much unchanged. Expect more about the many flaws…

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EDITORIAL: I’m proud that this blog goes where others won’t – and here’s a little extra assurance if YOU want to help!

Ever since I made a decision a few weeks ago to take this blog in a different direction, it's become more popular in a short time than I ever expected - and I thank all my readers for it. You might have noticed that I write about subjects that, to be frank, most of the mainstream dance press don't bother with. Plague raves, Derrick May, personal matters with artists -…

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Shake your lettuce! The heartwarming story behind the lead track of my new EP, out on May 17th

You might have noticed a banner appearing at the top of this website in recent days, and wondering what it's all about. Well, it's the title of my new two track EP, soon to be released on 3rd Way Recordings. The first record is called "Shake Your Lettuce". Why the weird name? Well, I'd made this track with a few rhodes chords and a big bassline on it, but wasn't…

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What’s going on in the world of Amateur At Play?

It's been a few weeks since my last update. I still do music and stuff, you know! Thanks to all of you who supported my recent release "Perfect Vacation" with Morris Revy. I'm pleased to say that it's done pretty well and got a lot more radio support than I expected. Both mixes were slightly different to my usual fare, so the support is humbling.My next release on 3rd Way…

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