Collected writings: PRS’ M Magazine

I’ve written a few things for the Performance Rights Society’s digital mag over the past few months. I’m a big fan of the PRS, and it’s great to reach out directly to working musicians and producers.

https://www.prsformusic.com/m-magazine/features/the-secret-dj/

My first piece for PRS explored the thorny issue of DJs playing ‘plague raves’ at the height of the pandemic, a topic that seems now to be covered by some kind of official amnesty / omérta, but remains one of the most deeply reckless features of a crisis that is still far from over.

https://www.prsformusic.com/m-magazine/features/the-secret-dj-daft-punk-are-not-dead-long-live-daft-punk/

Inspired by the news that Daft Punk were breaking up, I explored just what’s it’s like to be part of a band when you realise that ‘things fall apart, the centre cannot hold’.

https://www.prsformusic.com/m-magazine/features/the-secret-dj-emergence-from-emergency/

This piece looked at how emerging back into some semblance of normal touring / business for the music industry was impossible without taking into account the mental and emotional impact of the pandemic on the musicians. And how ‘business as usual’ might be a massive missed opportunity for change.

https://www.prsformusic.com/m-magazine/features/the-secret-dj-if-the-one-percent-are-not-suffering-then-everything-is-fine/

Most recently comes this deeply polemic piece along a similar theme. The music industry is just one of many where Covid revealed deep fault lines of inequality. And the so-called recovery is no such thing if the only people who benefit are tech bros, Tories and the privileged few. Everything is not fine.

 

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