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Welcome to Ears To The House – still writing the stuff about dance music others won’t!

It’s time to announce a few more things in relation to your favourite dance music website. We’re on the way back, and things will be ready to relaunch properly very soon - but now it’s time to reveal some more. As mentioned a few weeks ago, the decorators have been in recently. The website has been completely revamped with a new look. It’s now going to be easier to find…

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So what’s happening with the blog? An update for you…

Today is the 59th birthday of disgraced techno DJ Derrick May. He’s a name you’ll no doubt know about if you’ve read this site in the past - this has been one of very few outlets online who have been keeping an eye on him. But things have gone silent lately, and I’ve had quite a few people wondering what’s been going on. So I thought today was a particularly…

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Plague raves, ignoring the Derrick May allegations, club closures and Rebekah not leading her own campaign: good riddance to the cesspit that was 2021!

2021 was a year which started out with so much promise. After months and months of lockdown during 2020 - and more of the same as the new year dawned - there was much talk of a great reset within the dance music scene. There was an acceptance that things could not continue as they were. Things had to change. The money in dance music had to be spread more…

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Amateur’s House returns on Boxing Day, then! A quick message from your favourite blog on this day of goodwill…

Right, the big day is finally here. The bearded plus size man with the red coat has probably been by now and hopefully given you some very nice presents. And chances are you'll soon either be cooking a Christmas dinner for yourself and loved ones, or maybe you're one of the lucky ones who has someone else in the kitchen. Either way, this blog wishes you all a merry and…

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A (mostly) normal service, a few extra columns and Christmas themed fun: here’s what YOU can expect from Amateur’s House over this festive season…

There's just a few days now until the big boned bearded man in red comes down the chimney and drops off his presents. Yes, it'll be officially time to find out whether you're on Santa's nice list or naughty list after the year we've just had. But Christmas means lots of other things too. It means eating turkey and basting it with enough butter to drown a small country to…

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Does someone in Spain not like Amateur’s House? Mystery as high number of people from the country struggle to access your favourite dance music blog…

Ever since Amateur’s House started properly back in April of this year, I've discovered all kinds of things. Many have been reported in the blog, and a few haven't - I don't have bottomless pockets. I've also covered a lot of things which aren't being reported elsewhere and I'm quite proud of what's being created here. But I've also come across some things which make me want to scratch my…

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Why Amateur’s House won’t out people in the dance music world who haven’t had the Covid jab – with one possible exception to the rule…

Every now and then, my lovely readers get in touch with ideas for stories, features and columns for the blog. And to be fair, many do make it onto these pages - for instance, the Here's One They Made Earlier column which appears on Mondays was an idea suggested in an email. Occasionally though, some of the proposals on the table aren't right for whatever reason. Such as this one…

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Growing a thicker skin might be a good start! A producer emails saying he doesn’t like this blog’s review of his single, and here’s my response…

Well, it had to happen at some point, didn't it? Every weekend, this blog features a reviews column - it's called the Six On Saturday. In it, I publish what I think of some of the latest music to hit the digital stores. And I would say around 95% of all reviews are mostly or entirely positive - why would I deliberate review stuff I hate? But it's usually the…

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Don’t write about controversial stuff and be nice about Mixmag, says a journalist to this blog – but has he ever seen this site’s tagline?

Journalists are a curious bunch, aren't they? I took a look through the list of my email subscribers earlier this week, and discovered something quite astonishing. Several hacks publicly distance themselves from this blog - yet a couple of them also follow it on subscription. Indeed, one of them blocked this blog's Twitter account sometime last week, yet receives an email into his work email address every morning with the…

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Get yourself a coffee, this is a long one! I explain where Amateur’s House has come from and whose opinions REALLY matter…

On this Sunday morning, I thought I'd start the day with a bit of reflection. I've been looking back through the archives of this blog - and I have to say I'm quickly becoming very proud of what is being created here. A bit of background first. I came up with the idea of this site back in 2019. I was using my Facebook page to write about Sterling Void…

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