Now Playing: Midnight (DJ Set)
Now Playing: Midnight (DJ Set) is a blog about the latest dark electronic music, with a focus on techno, industrial, EBM, and synthpop. The site is published by John Boston, an author and DJ who has written for XLR8R, Mixmag, The Wire, and several other publications, including his own blog. Now Playing: Midnight is updated regularly with articles, reviews and new music from both established and up-and-coming artists.
Midnight (DJ Set) is a blog about the latest dark electronic music.
Our goal at Midnight is to provide you with the best dark electronic music out there. We will look for the most cutting edge music and present it to you in a way that makes it easy to discover.
Midnight (DJ Set) is an online music magazine dedicated to the latest dark electronic music from all over the world.
The site was founded in 2005 by Marcus Schmickler, later joined by Florian Hecker and The Caretaker, who work together on all editorial aspects of the site.
Besides a blog (a curated list of newly published tracks), Midnight (DJ Set) releases a monthly podcast series; a list of upcoming events; and artist interviews.
“The truth is that many of these musicians are just as interested in exploring the unknown, pushing the boundaries and finding new ways to express themselves as those pushing the envelope. Generally speaking, the term ‘dark’ has been used within underground music circles to describe anything from atmospheric and experimental sounds to goth and industrial influences, as well as dark ambient and noise.
Dark electronic music is a broad umbrella term that can be used to describe a wide range of artists. It’s a genre that continues to expand and evolve, with no clear definition or boundaries. Even so, there are several commonalities between the artists who make up this scene. In this article we will explore some of them.”
Let me tell you a story.
A while ago, I was traveling on a sleeper train in Russia. I was deep in thought, gazing out the window at the landscape speeding by when a man came into my compartment and sat opposite me. He was the conductor and he asked to see my ticket. I handed it to him and he looked at it carefully and then looked at me carefully and asked where I was going. I said Khabarovsk.
He laughed. “Khabarovsk! Khabarovsk!” he repeated (Russians tend to do that), as though it were some private joke between us. He seemed like a friendly guy so I asked him what was funny about Khabarovsk. He said that Khabarovsk was an awful place, full of ugly buildings, dirty streets and unfriendly people. I told him that I had no idea who lived there or what the city looked like but from what he described, he certainly wouldn’t want to go there himself if he didn’t have to for work, so why should I?
“What about you?” I asked him. “Where are you from?”
He laughed again – “Siberia!” – and said that Siberia wasn’t like Khabarovsk at