Michaelangelo Matos

Best of 2016

The Best Electronic Music Writing of 2016

30 of our favorite pieces of journalism and criticism from on and around the dance floor.
Michaelangelo Matos
12.21.16
Features

A Brief History of the Smiley Face, Rave Culture's Most Ubiquitous Symbol

The smiley in electronic music isn't merely cute—it's a symbol of defiance.
Michaelangelo Matos
12.20.16
Features

We Quizzed Michael Mayer About Some of the Friends Who Helped Him Build His Best Album Yet

The Kompakt domo breaks down the art of collaboration on (and off) his best album yet.
Michaelangelo Matos
12.8.16
Features

A Brief History of Masked DJs—From Orbital to Marshmello

How dance musicians find their identities by losing themselves.
Michaelangelo Matos
11.29.16
Features

This New Book Captures Rave Culture's Unsung Influence on the Art World

'RAVE: Rave and Its Influence on Art and Culture' is the latest vivid example of art for rave's sake.
Michaelangelo Matos
10.19.16
Features

A History of The Orb in Seven Orb-jects

Alex Paterson on the most notable objects—from his stuffed sheep Flossie to the group's logo—that have defined The Orb through the years.
Michaelangelo Matos
10.13.16
Features

A History of the Laser in Dance Music

From disco parties in the 70s to Daft Punk's carnival-of-lights show at Coachella 2006, here's how lasers became a big part of what defines a rave.
Michaelangelo Matos
10.7.16
off the record

Dance Music 101: An Online Reading Course

Brush up on your knowledge of the major electronic genres with the latest installment of Off the Record.
Michaelangelo Matos
9.19.16
Features

EDC's 20-Year Anniversary Poster is a Secret Tribute to One of the Greatest Album Covers of All Time

The strikingly familiar image proves remixing isn't limited to music.
Michaelangelo Matos
8.23.16
Features

A Brief History of Aphex Twin Trolling His Fans

Writer Michaelangelo Matos dives into the producer's trickster side, from his recent 'Cheetah' EP to his real-life eccentricities.
Michaelangelo Matos
7.19.16
Features

Moby's New Memoir Is as Neurotic—And Stubbornly Optimistic—As the Man Himself

In his new column Off the Record, rave historian Michaelangelo Matos reviews Moby's new memoir, 'Porcelain.'
Michaelangelo Matos
6.22.16