i-o

The Shitlabel Manifesto

The world is going to shit and music is leading the way.
Resident Advisor Tote Bag-a-Go-Go

Save Yourself

Nobody is coming to save our scene, especially not the ticket brokers who launched the hashtag.
soundcloud

Tears of a Cloud

Don't cry for the demise of SoundCloud. But it's sad what SoundCloud should have been.

Fast Money: the Tech Bro & the Million Dollar DJ Gig

The spectacular implosion of a tech startup called "Fast" reveals how venture capital, start-ups & influencer culture are burning up the EDM scene.

Everything Has Changed and the Industry Hasn’t Noticed (Yet)

Will Sumsuch went to the Brighton Music Conference, and what he saw was "an industry suffering from an identity crisis."

Namaste Bros: superstar DJs and plague raves in paradise

The party never ended for the rich - or the superstar DJs capitalizing on slack lockdowns in Mexico.
records-1068

Why Your Friends Don’t Buy Your Records

Haters, liars - and why you need to listen to them.

“Roe & Casey Are Overruled” – Resources for a post-Roe America

Resources for a post-Roe America: how to fund and how to find abortion services after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade.
Nightclub, photo by Alexander Popov

Why Are All the Nightclubs Shutting Down?

It's gone global. From London to New York we're hearing the same thing: where the fuck are all the nightclubs going?
Right Wing Dance Squads

Right Wing Dance Squads

UK dance music has always been about freedom. But are we really going to march with the far right?

The Dance Music Brain Drain

Why do so many talented people stop writing about House Music?
Spotify

How Spotify turned dance music into dance muzak

Streaming has spawned a new format for dance music that's hostile to DJs, and seemingly unaware of what a DJ even does.
DJ Streaming

What Happens When DJs Don’t “Own” Their Record Collections Anymore?

You don't own that file, you license it, and with streaming it can easily be taken away. Microsoft naturally shows us a dystopian vision of the future of licensed culture.
frankie knuckles

The house that Frankie Knuckles built for us

How we keep Frankie a part of our lives and the soul of the architect in the house he built for us.

RA Kills Off Its Top DJ Poll

This is fantastic news.
Everyone Is About To Feast On The Beast

“Everyone is About to Feast on the Beast”

A who's who of classic Chicago House artists have launched a legal strike to reclaim their rights from Trax Records. A reckoning over the past has been a long time coming...
Boiler Room Is Changing, But DJs Turning Knobs Is Forever

Boiler Room Is Changing

Boiler Room - the broadcasting platform which brought the party (and DJs turning knobs) into living rooms around the world - is changing. The company has unveiled parts of a new business model involving "brand fee/royalties" and a quasi-franchised version of the Boiler Room experience coming to a town near you.
Downsampled

Downsampled

How the frenzied sale of music publishing will change sample culture.

Inside the Social Media Bubble

Inside our heads where it's 72 degrees and sunny and it always plays music we already like.
Chicago photo

Has Chicago had enough of private festivals in public parks?

Riot Fest's contentious relationship with residents around Douglass Park has put a spotlight on the privatization of Chicago's neighborhood green spaces, locking out local residents by for-profit festivals.

MUST READ!

Beloved: Inside the new 5 Mag

An oral history of Freerange Records with Jimpster, Tom Roberts, Matt Masters, Pezzner, Manuel Tur and Fred Everything, plus Chicago house with Black Sjuan, DJ Paulette's welcome to the club, Elbert Phillips on Tears, Dark Heaven and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag, out now.