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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…

Music means money forever! As Armin Van Buuren sells out by collaborating with cake thrower Steve Aoki, hasn’t the world suffered enough over the past year already?

The world has suffered terribly over the past year and a half. Since coronavirus first appeared, over 200 million cases of the virus have been officially confirmed and over four and a half million have perished. It has had huge effects on the economy, on jobs, on education, on health systems and it will continue to.

Winter is coming to the northern hemisphere soon and no one knows for certain exactly what is ahead. Many countries appear to be experiencing significant jumps in the cost of living and a lot of things remain uncertain. So it’s at times like this that music can come into its own and really help people’s frame of mind.

Unfortunately, life is about to get worse before it gets better with the odd news that Steve Aoki and Armin Van Buuren have collaborated to make a truly dreadful record. Given Van Buuren’s background where he actually had to work his way up the ranks in the mid-90s, I can only assume his bank balance has been slightly depleted by the pandemic.

Such is the only explanation I can think of for working with the cake-wielding DJ that is Steve Aoki. Turn the volume down – this really hurts the ears when turned up – and tell me in the comments you honestly think this isn’t crap.

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