Fresh from success over the campaign to get a garage category on Traxsource, Danny J Lewis has started a new crusade – to get legendary producer Joey Musaphia back in the studio…

Dance music producers from the 80s and 90s come in three different varieties. You have your Danny J Lewis types who produced music many years ago and still do to this day - they occasionally mention their archive, but are typically more about the here and now. You have your Carl Craig types who produced good music in the 90s and now milk the archive due to not being as…

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The Saturday Recap – 29th January 2022

So that's another week over and done with. Welcome to the weekend! Your Six On Saturday column is coming up later, but let’s quickly recap some of what’s been on Amateur’s House during the week. Seven days a week, unlike the dance music press... Money for sport but not music - it's Spotify!A festival with no business techno types? One exists!Carl Craig pretending he doesn't read my blog.Touring in the…

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Is there any bandwagon the dance music world won’t latch onto these days? Now Fabric are the latest to announce a classical event – but this might not be the shameless cash-in it first seems…

The relationship between dance music and classical has never been an easy one. Many in the classical world look down on dance music, mostly due to the fact it's mostly made with machines and samples rather than "real" instruments. Hence why the two worlds didn't mix much for a long time. But things are changing. In an age where it's harder than ever to get listeners, crossing genres up is…

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The Neil Young thing really isn’t the big story here! Whilst Daniel Ek’s Spotify fights bid to pay songwriters more money, the company is about to sign a sponsorship deal worth $380million with Barcelona FC…

Much has been said over the past few days about musician Neil Young demanding his music was taken off Spotify due to false Covid information allegedly being broadcast by their $100million podcaster Joe Rogan. A few of you have asked what my view is on it - so I'll tell you. I have never listened to a single podcast from Joe Rogan. Running this blog alongside everything else I do…

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Another one who can’t see the wood for the trees! Now Blur singer Damon Albarn is attacking co-writers – but mysteriously fails to mention he didn’t write a single song on Gorillaz latest album by himself…

One controversy in the showbiz world this week appears to be over songwriting. Is it perhaps the scandalous revelation that Universal boss Lucian Grainge was paid more last year than every songwriter in Britain combined? Or maybe the press got wind of Spotify trying to reduce their payments? Not exactly. No, a singer called Damon Albarn - you might know him from Gorillaz, or 90s band Blur - recently claimed…

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Is there ANY festival that doesn’t rely on the generic McDonald’s style lineup? Apparently so – Dimensions takes place in September… and refreshingly, there’s no business techno types in sight!

Some people occasionally complain that this blog isn't positive enough about the dance music world. To which I plead not guilty - I think there's a lot of fantastic music being created out there. But the mere idea that discussing issues within dance music somehow makes me negative is downright ridiculous. One thing I've mentioned a few times lately is cash-strapped festivals deciding to go for broke by only booking…

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One rule for us, another rule for them! As BBC radio DJ Maressa Innerarity is fined £1,000 for lending her speakers to a plague rave, when will Boris Johnson be receiving his demand for payment?

It must be quite expensive being Boris Johnson. For starters, there's the taste for the finer things in life he's had since pretty much the day he was born. For example, he once described his £250,000 salary for writing a column for the Daily Telegraph each Monday as "chicken feed". There's also the British Prime Minister's rather well-known dalliances with women who aren't his wife at that particular moment. In…

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Where’s your tan, Mike? Nervous boss comes from home from his trip to Tulum (with the two label models, naturally) and remains very pale indeed – despite temperatures of up to 30°C in recent days…

It can't be easy being Michael Weiss of Nervous Records this week. A few days ago, the label boss went down to the Mexican municipality of Tulum. It's not entirely clear from the label's social media accounts what the reason for the trip was - but an insider tells me it was a "business trip to take new pictures of merchandise that'll be launched later this year". This would explain…

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McDonald’s have the same menu everywhere too! Secret Project tickets for Portugal go on sale tomorrow – and the lineup is as stale as a three day old Big Mac…

During the heights of the MDL Beast Soundstorm festival controversy last year, I described the event as being "like the McDonald’s of festivals". I was commenting on what I was seeing as festivals started to come back during last year - and one thing was very noticeable. Many of the big festivals essentially have the same lineups. This is great news if you're a DJ due to the earning opportunities…

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