THE MENTOR: THE DJ MARTIN STORY

Last week saw the publication of an article I’ve been waiting to share for some time. It concerns someone whose contributions to a number of pioneering early UK “bleep and bass” techno records has largely gone undocumented: Martin Williams AKA DJ Martin. The feature is called “The Mentor: The Untold Story of DJ Martin” and you […]

BOYD JARVIS UNCUT

It’s a cliche to say that a recently deceased musician was taken before his (or her) time, but I’d argue that was definitely the case with Boyd Jarvis. When the New Yorker passed away last month, he was just 59 years old. He had previously battled cancer and had suffered from other illnesses in the […]

MORE “INSTRUMENTAL INSTRUMENTS”

Last week, Red Bull Music Academy Daily re-booted their Instrumental Instruments series of features, which concentrates on key pieces of music-making hardware and software. Amongst the flurry of features were two written by yours truly. Some may remember that I previously wrote articles for the series focusing on two pieces of kit with vastly different […]

THE STORY OF THE UK ‘ALL-DAYER’ SCENE

Before I go any further, a quick apology for the lack of site updates of late. Before a much-needed three-week summer break, I spent four months frantically working on a book, which is due for publication in the autumn. I’ll be making a bit of noise about that closer to release day, so you’ll just […]

THE STORY OF “VOODOO RAY”

I remember a DJ friend of mine once berating The Kelly Twins for playing A Guy Called Gerald’s “Voodoo Ray” at a club night. Apparently it was, “too obvious”. Sean and Dan Kelly got into a heated debate with said DJ, extolling the virtues of this most iconic of British house records. Of course, “Voodoo […]

THE FAIRLIGHT CMI STORY

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 […]