In this week’s Friday Five we’re leading with a piece from Rolling Stone where Pete Tong traces back the history of his venerable Essential Mix radio show, a beacon for dance music where being a guest has been a rite of passage for many DJs. We’ve also got pieces from Forbes, Pitchfork and Red Bull Music Academy. Have a great weekend ahead!
- The Essential Mix At 25 – Pete Tong has been at the helm of one of dance music’s most important radio shows for a quarter of a century now. Read about its beginnings and his plans for its future. Rolling Stone has it Read more
- How Marshmello Became A $44 Million DJ – The future bass phenomenon is en route to becoming one of the richest DJs in the world. Forbes digs deep to find out how he did it Read more
- How Pop Became Dark & Sullen – Remember when top 40 meant sunshine and rainbows courtesy of Katy Perry and Carly Rae Jepsen? There’s a reason why none of them are in the charts today: pop itself has taken on a more brooding, morose tone. Rolling Stone has it Read more
- There Will Never Be Another Song Of The Summer – Rolling Stone argues why streaming services, online radio and increasingly niche tastes are making demographic-crossing summer songs obsolete Read more
- Synth Stars: Collect Them All – Check out what your favourite synth wizards and producers look like as cartoon trading cards. Red Bull Music Academy has it Read more
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