With the passing of David Mancuso, DJ culture has not only lost one of its’ founding fathers, but also a man who understood, arguably better than anyone else, the importance of sound and environment in creating the perfect party. Most will know the basic story. From the early 1970s onwards, Mancuso threw parties in a […]
The history of music technology is full of remarkable stories, but few are quite as eyebrow-raising as the tale of the Fairlight CMI. This pioneering “Computer Musical Instrument” has long held power over those who love electronic music. Initially developed in a harbourside basement in Sydney, Australia at the tail end of the 1970s, it […]
I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Paper Recordings. I first became aware of the Manchester label a little later than most, sometime around the turn of the millennium. By the time I started investigating the catalogue properly, I was working at IDJ magazine. I ended up writing about the label a […]
While going through some old magazines the other day, I decided it might be a good idea to start archiving some of my old pieces for posterity. So, earlier today, I picked out an issue of IDJ at random and flicked through to see what I could find. It didn’t take long to find something […]
Since it returned in website form earlier this year, I’ve been contributing regular features of varying lengths to my old magazine, IDJ. The latest comes in the form of an interview with Norwegian-in-Berlin, Henning Severud, AKA Telephones. Severud has just released his debut album, Vibe Telemetry, on Gerd Janson’s consistently excellent Running Back label. It’s […]
A couple of weekends ago, I found myself stood in a darkened room, dressed head to toe in pagan robes, playing odd and inspired chill-out records. Stretched out in front of me, and my TR13E DJ colleagues, were punters dressed in ’90s rave gear, mostly stretched out on LazyBag inflatable sofas. The lighting flickered blue, […]
Earlier this year, I approached Red Bull Music Academy Daily with the idea of writing a feature focused on Roland’s SH-101 mono-synth. They loved the idea, and decided to use it as an excuse to launch a new series of articles on iconic and important pieces of musical hardware. They decided that they wanted to […]
Earlier today, Red Bull Music Academy Daily posted an in-depth article I wrote last autumn, accompanied by a mix I put together in celebration. Both were labours of love, and saw me re-visit a style of music that genuinely changed my life back in the early 1990s: Ambient House. Recently, I’ve mentioned the article – […]
I’ve always been a little obsessed with the short-lived musical revolution that was “bleep and bass”. It’s for this reason that I was delighted to be given the chance to write about it for Resident Advisor, a project that took over my life for several months.
Today I’ve been giving some of my social media and professional profiles a spring clean. Take a look at the following sites: Matt Anniss profile on Bristol Media Matt Anniss on LinkedIn Remember, I’m also on Twitter, should you want to receive regular updates about what I’m up to (professionally, and personally).