I write frequently about the dance music press, usually in scathing terms. I think it’s lazy, I think they avoid issues and questions that might be awkward for those in charge, and I think they’ll do anything for an easier life.
Take the story back in January that Joseph Capriati had been stabbed by his father in an argument. The dance music press reported the story in the most dull, compliant way possible. They wouldn’t want to upset Capriati and risk being black balled in the future by him, would they?
By rights, the story should have been reported much more aggressively. Details about what the row was about were almost non-existent. Questions should have been asked about his father’s conduct that day, too. What kind of father responds to anything by stabbing his own child with a knife?
And this isn’t the only thing that they won’t write about. The fact Sterling Void is a fraud? Not reported. The fact Derrick May is a fraud? Barely reported. Erick Morillo? Very little detail written about this after his death – they were far too busy venerating Saint Erick to care.
Here’s another one that happened last year. This was all documented by the brilliant Business Teshno account on Twitter. No one has ever pursued any legal action over this or even denied its accuracy – yet not a single one of the supine, spineless dance music magazines ran the story.
Last year, the Sub Club in Glasgow ran into financial trouble. On June 10th, Peggy Gou – known in the press as Peggy Sue due to her love of threatening them with solicitors when they write things she doesn’t like – announced she was partnering with Jagermeister as part of the Save The Night campaign.
Later that day, her business partner Usman Khushi announces he’s working on the campaign alongside Gou and Jagermeister. A month later, on July 7th, Gou announced that Jagermeister would be making a donation through the Save The Night campaign.
What wasn’t mentioned was that Usman Khushi owned a 20% stake in the Sub Club. It was by Scottish newspapers, but not the dance press. Oh, and Peggy Goods Ltd – whose Instagram feed heavily features the lady herself – also happens to be owned by the man himself.
At best, this is an enormous blunder. At worst, it’s a shameless conflict of interest. In the end, Jagermeister declared that the Sub Club was ineligible for funding.
Not a single one of the dance music outlets covered the story. Why? Did the notoriously litigious Gou warn them off? Were they too preoccupied with their own survival in a pandemic to ask questions of others? Or do they genuinely think that everything that happened was all above board?
It makes you wonder what else they’re not writing about…