Joshua Glazer | Chicago Reader

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Re: “How Chicago house got its groove back

DC - As an active music maker, I can't blame you for discrediting the line "Chicago house music is the sound of global pop today." We both know it's a pre-requisite for justifying these types of articles in mainstream media. People need a connection to "now." I'd have let it slide.

The rest of the corrections are merited. I just take pity knowing how difficult it is for writers and editors to work with stunningly limited resources. Most publications simply don't have the cash to afford fact checking these days.

As for those bitching about inclusion, puhleeez...


It's called writing a STORY, not an encyclopedia. Since I've been doing this for 15+ years, let me explain how it works...

A writer and/or editor survey the current pop culture landscape looking for an interesting story in their next edition. They see a huge national uptick in interest in electronic music. Given the local nature of The Reader, the look for a way to tie this back to their region, even though there's not an overt Chicago connection. Track back to house music. Notice a parallel thread—Chicago second wave house is hitting 20 year anniversary. Now you have a current local story tied into a larger nationwide happening. Yes - let's give it 5000 words (which is a HUGE amount for any magazine).

Begin looking for relevant sources ("Oh, DJ Sneak has a new mix coming out, perfect.")

Seek out more authorities to round out the piece — DJs, promoters, ravers, label heads...

Interview, transcribe, interview, transcribe, write, edit, write, edit, write, edit...

Post online.

Everyone who has ever cared about this era of Chicago house posts to their Facebook.

Everyone who was ever involved in Chicago house scans for their names (and names of friends).

People complain because somehow they're not mentioned.

I'm sorry kids (I mean bitter adults). If you didn't write the MF'n "Percolator" or release a mix on Fabric, then you're not important enough to guarantee mention in a 20 year retrospective piece.



Props to June Nho-Ivers for being the shit, and Dan Labovitch for digitizing all my old mixtapes, which are up on ravearchives.net

Joshua Glazer
URB Magazine / Beatportal

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Posted by Joshua Glazer on 05/05/2012 at 8:47 AM

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