DJ exclusivity deals and domineering promoters are suffocating independent nightlife
Oppressive tactics are making it increasingly tough for smaller clubs and nights to survive
Door picking in the UK is a lost art that needs to come back
Door picking helps build community and offers inclusivity
The Secret DJ: “Beware other DJs. Some will say or do anything to get your slot”
Top tips from our secret selector
Why greater representation really is making dance music a better place
Sofie Mikhaylova uses her own journey through dance music to explain why representation is important for dance music
All hail the return of the internet music forum
Patten's 555-5555 and Facebook music groups are reigniting URL conversation
The Secret DJ: "The ritual of preparation helps to rebuild shattered confidence"
More words of wisdom from the mystery spinner
Old DJ sets resurfacing on the web reveal the true outlines of dance music history
Raiders of the lost art
Gangster’s Paradise: How Coolio’s masterpiece made hip hop history
The seminal track turns 23 this year
The Secret DJ: "Playing B2B separates the pro from the plastic"
It's all about creativity and flexibility
Dance music should be wary of posthumous releases
The ethics of posthumous releases is a contentious subject
An ode to the disco nap
From Berlin to Buenos Aires, breaking up a mammoth clubbing session with a siesta is the norm
The Secret DJ: "Sabotaging the next DJ is never OK"
It's all about the ravers on the dancefloor remember
Bottomless brunch and nightclubs have become an unappetising combination
No more please, we're full up
Don't believe the hype – Stormzy’s Cambridge scholarship is not racist
Grime’s superstar is giving back to his people, no matter what the haters think
The Burning Man dictionary: Playa vernacular that you need to know
Brush up on your Burning Man lingo
Aretha Franklin was the undisputed Queen of Soul
A tumultuous upbringing didn't stop Aretha Franklin becoming one of the greatest singers ever
GTA After Hours is the dance music playground where you become a nightclub kingpin
The future is here
Let DJs be DJs and stop telling them what to play
You're entitled to an opinion, but telling a DJ how to do their job isn't on
The Secret DJ on the problem with being off your tits when you perform
The mystery spinner will now be answering your DJ questions each month
Revolution Day united DJs and the LGBTQ+ community to rave against Trump
"Donald Trump, go away, racist, sexist, anti-gay"
The director of Netflix's Ibiza has never even been to Ibiza
We interviewed the director of Ibiza and it didn't go well...
DJs having assistants picking tracks for them is a dangerous move
It’s completely against the original ethics of being a working DJ
Weird times in the world means we need more oddball music
As the world threatens to spin off its axis, out-there music seems to gain more and more traction
The indisputable legacy of Marcus Intalex shines on
One year after the drum 'n' bass visionary passed away, his influence continues to inspire
GBL – The toxic paint-stripper that’s staining clubland
“It tastes like you’re burning to death in a cellophane factory,”
How the music industry condones a culture of excessive substance use
Drugs, alcohol, and nightlife have a long and complicated relationship, but we need to be doing more to prevent substance abuse
The Secret DJ on how Glastonbury changed his life
"Everyone hated us because we were skint, energetic and pretty"
Acid flashback: Tabloid coverage of the Summer of Love was the original fake news
Tabloid press, so much to answer for...
The music industry should be held accountable for Avicii’s death, here's why
A tragic demise that could have been easily prevented
The Secret DJ: "‘Paying to play’ is a genuine threat to dance music culture"
"It’s pernicious, and it’s widespread," says our mystery spinner
Why farting on the dancefloor should be banned in clubs
An attack on the senses, a violation of personal space, an unwarranted crime
It's OK to be a rogue at a festival, as long as you're lovable
Being moronic with your mates is fine. Being a dick to others is a no-no
God Save Our Gracious Scene: Music is the UK’s lasting point of pride
Even donk has a certain charm to it
It's about time we got our holiday camp weekenders back
The rowdy multi-day raves have slowly disappeared in the last few years
Spiders on the ceiling: What is sleep paralysis and how can you avoid it?
This is the last thing you need after a festival
We talked to the people who went to the greatest festival of all time
Memories of Tribal Gathering 96
The UK festival scene is one of the richest in the world even without Glastonbury
Fallow year, what fallow year?
Eli from Soul Clap: “The dinner table is a powerful place to cross cultural boundaries”
Can you feed it?
Another day, another dickhead: Dealing with bigots in dance music
Sirin Kale explores the uneasy relationship between dance music and problematic DJs
The Secret DJ on walking the fine line between cool and commercial
"The thing is, cool doesn't entertain you"