What’s the point of all this?
I’m writing a book, it’s hopefully going to be good, and there’s an absolutely enormous amount of extra material coming down the pipeline which — if you’re into dance & electronic music — I think you’ll enjoy.
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What’s your book? And who are you?
The book is called After Daft, and it’s out in early 2024. It focuses on the arc of dancefloor-friendly music from 1993-2023, and (naturally) the key role Daft Punk play within that. My name is Gabe, I’ve been covering club and pop culture as a journalist, event booker, streaming curator, content farmer and unserious DJ since 2007.
I’m not really into Daft Punk
That’s absolutely fine. The project spans a much wider breadth of stories about art, culture and technology than just the goings-on of two French blokes in robot helmets. Anyone who is even peripherally a fan of house, techno, disco, DJ culture, ‘indie sleaze’, necking pills to compressed rave music, digital life or the bottomless lake of 21st century electronic-pop should find plenty to interest them in here.
I do other longform writing, profiles and cover stories, too — although whether Burial, Dua Lipa, Pavement or some hot UK Garage act encroach on this newsletter is entirely contingent on how trapped by the subject matter I feel. Let’s find out!