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After Marc Kinchen becomes the latest convert to the NFT phenomenon (after a phone call with Steve Aoki, of all people!) – isn’t the truth that you can sell any old rubbish on the platform?

MK is a man with an interesting history. He started out at Kevin Saunderson’s KMS Records back in 1989 and spent a few years learning his trade. A remix job for an obscure Scottish band called The Nightcrawlers – made at an airport with very little equipment after the label rejected the first effort – changed things.

Suddenly, he was a major label darling. If a label wanted something remixed, they’d open their wallets, offer him £15,000 and MK would churn out some new mixes – especially the dubs which he became notorious for. It was a money spinner for four years – he started getting involved in hip-hop from 1996, bored of being expected by majors to replicate a remix he did four years earlier.

He was away from house music until the early 2010s. Then the sound of the MK era was coming back into vogue, and things started to take off again. This time around, he’s out DJing on top of everything else – and now, he’s branching out into the NFT phenomenon…

When I wrote about NFTs back on Boxing Day, I was undecided on all this stuff. But the more I read about it, the more I’m beginning to suspect this is just another idea for making money which will be utilised by people who are either already rich, or celebrity wannabe types.

And here’s an example of just what rubbish people are apparently prepared to buy on the NFT platform – pictures of jars some non-entity has farted into. I really wish I was making this up, but the full story is even more ridiculous than it sounds.

Maybe the gassy, malodorous contents of the cartoon jar is a metaphor for all this NFT business…

Texas promises $10k to anyone who shops a woman seeking an abortion attacks – isn’t it time DJs from the dance music world made their disapproval clear to see, or do they care more about their bank balances?

Anyone who cares about women’s rights should be extremely concerned about what’s happening in Texas right now. With the support of the US Supreme Court, the southern state has made abortion illegal in all circumstances. And if you think that’s bad, it gets worse.

If you find out about a woman who’s planning on having a now-illegal abortion in the state, or you find someone who is aiding a pregnant woman in a quest to obtain one – you can grass them up to the authorities and get a cash reward of $10,000.

Whenever things like this happen, DJs tend to immediately jump into the “I’m not involved in politics, I’m just a DJ who’s doing a job” camp. It’s how Danny Rampling and wife Ilona apparently managed to persuade themselves to do a gig in the human rights abusing Dubai.

Carl Cox is due to play in Austin and Houston in the state on October 14th and 15th. DJ Sneak is due in Houston on September 11th – just days from now. Paul Oakenfold will be in Texas on October 7th and 8th. Sasha and John Digweed are in Austin on September 17th. MK will be there on October 23rd.

A much longer list of who’s playing and where in Texas over the next few months is at EDM Train. Given this is a scene which was founded on the basis of respect for all, the fact all these shows are still taking place is morally repugnant.

They’re meant to represent a scene with such heavily political roots, yet somehow believe they’re laughably above politics when travelling out to such places to collect fat pay cheques.

Back in May, this blog published an article about over 600 musicians publicly declaring they would not perform in Israel, citing the never-ending conflict with Palestine. Yet so far on this issue, there’s nothing. Not a single peep.

Is there a certain level of suffered that must take place before DJs start thinking more about their morals and less about their bank balances? If so, I’m wondering how much more Texas has to do to cross that threshold…

Is there anyone in dance music who ISN’T a crook, part four? MK resuscitated a long dead career in house through Storm Queen – but Damon C Scott, the voice of “Look Right Through”, never made a penny!

The treatment of singers in house music was always something I was uneasy about. Countless singers on house records never receive the credit they deserve. During my short time in the house music world making and releasing records, I was never quite sure how to handle this.

Everyone knows that “It’s Alright” was (allegedly) by Sterling Void, not so many can tell you that Paris Brightledge sang on it. Everyone knows “Hey Hey” was a Dennis Ferrer production, few can tell you Shingai Shoniwa sings on it. And there are truly no end of such stories.

Storm Queen is another one. “Look Right Through” was produced by Morgan Geist and sung by Damon C. Scott. It came out on a limited vinyl release and digitally in 2010 through Environ Records. Defected snapped up the record in 2011 and gave it a few remixes from the likes of Jamie Jones. Then MK was snapped up in 2012 and delivered two mixes. He came back into house music in a huge way afterwards, having abandoned the genre after being asked to make one MK dub too many back in 1996…

However, what of Damon C. Scott? His name was never promoted on the release. The original vinyl mentioned his name in small print and Defected never used the name at all. He posted a series of tweets yesterday. Have a read of them below…

It turns out he never earned a single penny out of that song. Disgraceful, but not surprising. And yet again, silence will be the response. Morgan Geist won’t have anything to say. MK will have nothing to say. And you can be absolutely assured that Simon Dunmore will have nothing to say about it either….