Gain Staging For DJs + Staying Out Of The Red

A lot of DJs use expensive sound systems regularly, but without proper knowledge of how to set the gain stages on each piece of gear, you run the risk of damaging your system. Today, guest contributor DJ Soo has written up the basic idea behind why gain staging matters, how to do it on a typical setup, and why staying out of the red is so important on a properly staged rig...

the promoter's dilema

Is dance music's growth as an industry squeezing out the people who throw parties? Angus Finlayson unpacks one of the broadest problems facing dance music today...

ACHIEVING TECHNO ZEN WITH CHRIS LIEBING

I believe that techno is more there to lose your mind. You don’t want to entertain or distract your mind like you do with watching a movie or watching television, you want to totally get rid of your mind, like, completely stop thinking [and] just be in that present moment...

between two coasts

Disparate cities such as Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee and Ohio may receive less shine, but the crews and labels behind their respective homegrown subcultures are intent on making an impact. They choose to write their own rules. Pay attention...

A music-lover's guide to tinnitus

Tinnitus is a bigger issue in dance music than we'd like to admit. Angus Finlayson lays out some clear ways to prevent it, and to cope with it...

 

An alternate history of sexuality in club culture

Dance music was born in LGBT communities, but has this been forgotten? In this extended feature, Luis-Manuel Garcia examines the history of club culture's queer roots.