The veteran music journalist and Art of Noise co-founder Paul Morley has been doing a series of interview pieces for the Guardian called "Showing Off..." (previous subjects include Kraftwerk
and Francois K
The latest one is about "nightclubbing"
. The title is a bit of a misnomer because he's actually more interested in the rise of DJ culture than clubbing.
Even though I have zero interest in almost all the people he's interviewing (Pete Tong, Tony Blackburn, Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5), it's always interesting - partly because it's so uncommon - to see how the mainstream media talks about electronic dance music.
With his own electronic music background
, Morley sidesteps the rockist "decks vs guitars" trap, and he's able to ask some pretty astute questions. The accompanying article to the Tony Blackburn interview is a terrific piece of writing.
Maybe the best video is a good-natured three-way conversation
between Morley, Chicago house stalwart Marshall Jefferson
, and a guy from a group called Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs who looks and sounds about 15. Lots of good stuff about technology in the early 80s vs now.