'Being kept in the 'back' doesn't mean that we're sort of the poor cousin': Dance music and club culture in Sydney

Montano, E 2009, ''Being kept in the 'back' doesn't mean that we're sort of the poor cousin': Dance music and club culture in Sydney', in Catherine Strong and Michelle Phillipov (ed.) Stuck in the Middle: The Mainstream and Its Discontents - Selected Proceedings of the 2008 IASPM-ANZ Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 28-30 November 2008, pp. 135-141.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title 'Being kept in the 'back' doesn't mean that we're sort of the poor cousin': Dance music and club culture in Sydney
Author(s) Montano, E
Year 2009
Conference name Stuck in the Middle: The Mainstream and Its Discontents
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 28-30 November 2008
Proceedings title Stuck in the Middle: The Mainstream and Its Discontents - Selected Proceedings of the 2008 IASPM-ANZ Conference
Editor(s) Catherine Strong and Michelle Phillipov
Publisher IASPM-ANZ
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Start page 135
End page 141
Total pages 7
Abstract This paper examines the contemporary commercial dance music scene in Sydney, incorporating an analytical framework that revolves mainly around the work of DJs and the commercial scene they operate within. In using the terms =dance music` and =dance culture`, I am referring to the =commercial` music played by DJs in such Sydney clubs as Home, The ArtHouse, Slip Inn, and Tank, and at various bars, pubs, festivals and events within the city area, all of which would be seen as constituting =mainstream` dance culture in the city. Dance music has a central role not just in the culture of the city, but also socially and economically, and on a wider geographical scale. The paper is intended to complement and add to analysis that has previously been conducted on Sydney, and Australian, dance music culture (examples being Murphie and Scheer, 1992; Homan, 1998; Gibson and Pagan, 2000; Brookman, 2001; Luckman, 2002; Brennan-Horley, 2007). More generally, the paper is intended to contribute to the growing literature on DJ culture around the world (examples being Fikentscher, 1991, 2000; Klasco and Michael, 1992; Langlois, 1992; Rietveld, 1997, 1998; Haslam, 1997, 2001; Poschardt, 1998; Reynolds, 1998, 1999; Brewster and Broughton, 2000; Farrugia and Swiss, 2005).
Subjects Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Keyword(s) Dance music
DJs
clubs
Sydney
Copyright notice © 2009 The Authors & International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Australia and New Zealand Chapter
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