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Remembering Eddie Eaze Coleman, who died three years ago – one of my first ever supporters and the man who sowed the seeds for Amateur’s House…

Three years ago on this day, the death occurred of a man whom I didn't know a great deal about, but who still had a seismic influence on what I was going to become. His name was Eddie "Eaze" Coleman, and he was a DJ, producer and songwriter. And he was one of the fairest people I've ever known. When I started putting music out under the Amateur At Play…

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Two months after Traxsource gave garage its own category on the site, this blog takes a look at what needs to happen in 2022 – part two of two…

Part one of this series on Christmas Eve covered what has been happening on Traxsource with garage music during 2021. In this concluding part today, I draw on my personal experiences of making music to explain what I think needs to happen next for garage to become more successful on the website during 2022... I spent a fair amount of the last article pointing out the importance of getting involved…

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Two months after Traxsource gave garage its own category on the site, this blog takes a look (with a little statistical help from Danny J Lewis) at the current state of play – part one of two…

Two months ago, the result of a few years of campaigning produced results. Around five years ago, a new movement started to circulate within dance music - it was called garage house. It was a genre influenced by the garage sounds of the USA in the 1990s, alongside more modern day ideas and context. Labels like Pogo House and Plastik People popped up to promote this new sound. Veteran producers…

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Everyone’s blaming Boris Johnson for lockdown carrying on in England – and they’re right – but aren’t the industry just a little bit to blame for this predicament?

Before anyone comes at me claiming I'm a Tory stooge, let's get this out of the way. I hold no truck for Boris Johnson. I think he's the worst Prime Minister in living memory. Infact, I first said four months ago that I believed June 21st wouldn't happen. However, I also believe in the idea of personal responsibility. Take a look at the United States, where clubs have now mostly…

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I was told I’d have 5G and a phone call from Bill Gates by now, but I’m still waiting – so having had my second Covid jab this weekend, how DID the anti-vaxxers get it so wrong?

The anti-vaxxers have been telling us for months now that you shouldn't get the Covid vaccine. It's part of an evil plot so that Bill Gates can take over the world by sending drones running on Microsoft Windows round to your house to spy on you with the microchip. Or something equally loopy - the story changes every now and then. Well, I decided that I was going to get…

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The question everyone’s asking as Sterling Void puts out a brand new remix for D Records – who REALLY made it?

Were you starting to think that I'd forgotten to keep an eye on Sterling Void? Not a bit of it. Sterling Covid, as I call him around here, is sadly on his second wave after it took 32 years to bring the first one crashing down. An anonymous friend sent me this the other day. It's a song out on Bandcamp, the very fashionable place for putting music out these…

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As Mixmag gets a pat on the back from The Drum, managing director says they don’t “shy away from telling the truth” – but is that REALLY so?

I see that Mixmag won some awards last week. Good for them. It's always nice to be told you've done something good, although I find it highly curious how media organisations seem to want to be given awards for doing their jobs. The awards they've won are in two categories. One is for the work they've done, courtesy of Funk Butcher (real name Kwame Safo), who highlighted how the Black…

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History in the making: UK hosts first legal nightclub in over a year – early signs are that Circus tests in Liverpool have been successful

This weekend in Liverpool, an important event is taking place. It's taking place courtesy of Circus and it's all about trying to find out whether it's safe for mass gatherings to restart again. Tonight is the second of two events - indeed, this evening's fun is due to kick off at 7.30pm. The event was all over the news last night - I even saw coverage of it on the…

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Now, about the homophobia: what you won’t be reading in the press as the veneration of Saint DMX goes on

New York State has decided it will be renaming December 18th "Earl Simmons Day" in honour of DMX, a rapper who died three weeks ago. We know this because Mixmag told us - the same Mixmag who couldn't care less who he was until they realised they could make money from writing about him. Look online elsewhere, and it's the same story. Don't speak ill of the dead is very…

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What disease – and it’s not coronavirus! – threatens to bring the dance music world crashing down? Why the idolising needs to go

I remember the first time that I read a dance music magazine. It was all the way back in October 2001. I was at college at the time studying for my A Levels and I had some time to kill before I had to catch the bus home. So I wandered into town and saw a newsagents. I'd never been in here before and I saw they had a huge…

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