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Mixmag is a monthly dance music and clubbing magazine that is available in most newsagents and supermarkets. It is currently priced at £4.20 and each issue comes with a free CD.
I have been buying this magazine for quite some time now and I can only say that it is improving all the time. However as with most magazines these days I feel that it has way too many adverts in it, but in this magazine many of them are for music events such as festivals or album launches, so it can actually be quite useful in planning your festival outings for the summer!
The magazine features a fashion section which showcases all the best fashion currenly out at the moment. There is also a technology section that shows us some of the new CDJ decks and new mixers. I find this quite interesting when it tells us things like what effects these pieces of equipment can do and you notice it out when in a club!
The magazine also features the usual such as competitions, short interviews with various DJs and letters.
One of my favourite sections of the magazine is the section towards the back titled "tunes." It is my favourite because it lets you know about all the new big dance albums coming out and then it splits down into various types of music such as techno (my personal favourite), electro and dubstep. On these pages it has some information about interesting things (such as Richie Hawtin bringing his Plastikman showcase to Creamfields this year) and also has a few new albums and tracks that are doing well at the moment.
There are reviews on events that have passed by too. This can be good or bad...if you went and it was good then it's good to relive the moment but if you didn't go and it says how amazing it was it leaves you feeling even more gutted that you weren't there!
There tends to be a large article on one DJ/music act in each month that gives you an insight into their life and what we can expect from them in the future. I like these articles as it lets you find out more about the person you see stood behind the decks and what they like, which can be quite interesting.
There are articles that touch on controversial issues too, for example there is an article in the May edition titled - Methedrone: The Truth. This article cuts through the hysteria to find the facts about "meow meow" or "mcat" as it is more commonly known.
I use this magazine when planning my nights out as there is a section that is a bit like TV listings but it is club listings. It tells you what nights are on and where in the country they are. This section is hosted by the company "Don't Stay In."
This is just a dance magazine, so if you are into indie then it most likely won't interest you. I can't get enough of it and as soon as I have read each issue I can't wait for the next one, I'm not even that bothered about the free CD so that's a bonus that it comes with one!
You can subscribe to this magazine for just £3 per issue and it comes with a free gift too (currently a crazy 2CD mix worth £14) and they will be delivered to your door.
Mixmag also have a website at:
Check it out dance lovers!!!
Mixmag has always been at the forefront of the dance music industry and that shows in the quality of its magazines.
Full of great monthly reviews, to a full listing of nights out near you, with all the details you need to get there and how much it will cost you and who exactly is on that night.
Along with each edition of mixmag comes a free cd mixed by a famous dj, these have included:
Paul Van Dyk
just to name a few. They are usually excellent cds, depending on your taste of dance music aswell, as im sure most people wont love every cd every given out.
Further more, there are in depth interviews with the latest upcoming stars and the proven music makers and producers in the industry.
Mixmag also has good competitions and the latest news and reviews of the summer festivals along with guides of do's and dont's.
It also shows hard hitting stuff to help you, such as what happens with certain drugs, if you are going to do drugs then what to looks for and how to cope with them.
There is also a fashion segment which shows models with the latest fashion on and where you can get it from along with the price.
By far the best dance music mag out there for me, so if you like to dance to a beat then get reading it.
I came across MixMag whilst in my first year at University. I was never really in to dance music that much till then but got in to a lot of House, Fidget, and Dub step music whilst there so I decided to buy this magazine as seemed to cater for that sort of music (as well as a lot of other sub genres for dance music).
The Magazine is easy to distinguish, it has 'MIXMAG' printed across the top of the magazine in big letters and it stands out. It is usually the most colourful magazine on the shelf also. Most weeks it features a free CD on the front for the buyer to enjoy. This is usually a mix of songs mixed by their selected DJ that week. In the past I have had soulwax, Annie Mac and various others.
At roughly £4.20 this magazine is quite pricey, but luckily its only out once a month so its not as if I have to pay that every week, else I'd rack up quite a bill!
The magazine has many features. It has a monthly download section, where they suggest about 20 tracks from each sub genre of dance music, I find this very useful and often find some great new tracks from it. There are also articles on different DJ's, events happening in the month and also recommendations for different pieces of DJ equipment and festivals.
Usually there is a lot of advertising of UK and European festivals which I find interesting as I like to go to some of them and this helps me to decide.
Overall, I find this magazine interesting, but its definitely not for everyone.
Mixmag is aimed more at the club junkie than the amateur DJ, but nonetheless caters for the UK dance scene better than any other magazine.
The primary focus of Mixmag is the music and the people behind it. The writers have a particular knack for pinning down the next big thing in dance music. In particular they plucked out the (inexplicably) popular 'You See The Trouble With Me' by Black Legend months before it became UK singles chart no. 1 last year, and have since picked out such hugely popular club tracks as DJ Zinc's '138 Trek' and Hatiras' might 'Spaced Invader'. Many top DJs have columns in this magazine, notably Pete Tong and Judge Jules, giving extra strength to the backbone of strong writing talent.
Extra value is added by comprehensive club and tune listings. The clubs sections is conventiently divided into local region and date, and gives a flavour of music genre and usual performers as well as handy data on dress code and contact numbers. The tune listings pick out the 10 top tracks of the month - invariably the section I flick to first - and arrange other vinyl reviews by genre. House, progressive, trance, leftfield, R 'n' B and many others are well catered for. Each genre also carries the three best tracks of its' kind for this month, usually interesting but occasionally repetition from the '10 tunes of the month' section. Album and compilation reviews are given more in-depth reviews.
This is also a fun magazine, unafraid to devote a couple of pages (at the back) to random rubbish simply for entertainment's sake. A great source of humour is the 'Mongo Chatline' a phone line service where stoned clubbers ring up, talk utter rubbish, and get it printed...
But sometimes the slightly mad edge to the magazine goes too far. On slow months some issues focus on rather uninteresting or just plain pointless subject - I avoided the issue promising an in-depth expose on 'Random Birds' last year. Other provide more interesting content. A massive interview with Daft Punk prior to their launch of their much-anticipated new album 'Discovery' was a particular editorial coup. The annual results of the Mixmag drug survey invariably makes interesting reading even for non-drug users like myself. The magazine unsurprisingly champions the cause of promoting a more liberal attitude to drugs but nonetheless provides interesting (though slightly limited) data.
Mixmag's value for money has jumped up since the beginning of 2000 when they began adding cover CDs to every issue, some of which have been extremely good. The writers take care, in both the magazine and the CDs, to cater for all of dance music's many genre, from house to UK garage via trance and leftfield.
A monthly dose of Mixmag is indispensable for dedicated clubbers, if you can forgive it the occasional foray into the obscure and pointless.
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Mixmag is a monthly dance music magazine that can currently be found for a price of £4.20. Over the years I've noticed that the price of the magazine has been steadily rising, it's still quite good value however I feel as every month a compilation CD is included and the magazine itself contains over 150 pages. According to the front of the magazine Mixmag is 'The World's Biggest Dance Music and Clubbing Magazine'; I fail to think of any similarly large dance music magazine so I'll take their word for that.
What I like most about Mixmag is the fact that every month a directory is included of all the dance club nights around the country for the coming month. It's an extensive list and all places both big and small are covered across the UK. Many times I have used Mixmag to plan a night out and never do the listings pages cease to amaze me. The listings are neatly laid out, it's easy to find out what's going on when and where; to keep the listings pages visually interesting a number of pictures are also included here of clubbers from around the country and amusing captions are given for each of these pictures.
The reviews section is I feel another area in which Mixmag shines; all genres of dance music are covered such as techno, trance, and Drum and Bass also. Some genres are given more coverage than others; these however are the most popular genres and the ones that will appeal to the majority of the magazines readers. House tends to be the most heavily covered genre in the reviews section, it's not a type of dance music that I personally am hugely fond of but still it is interesting to read about all the latest releases in the genre. The reviews are well written and always are interesting to read, for each genre there is a 'Tune of the Month' and a 'Compilation of the Month' also; I often end up going out and buying the compilations that are recommended and on many occasions have been highly impressed with what I've heard. The reviews section is extensive and always the writing is packed full of energy, the section is strong and does I feel cover an excellent array of genres within the spectrum of dance music.
Fashion is a feature of Mixmag, each month a number of pages are devoted to fashion and a variety of pictures are shown with people modelling the clothing. Prices are given for the clothes and although generally the clothes tend to be fairly awful, occasionally you can spot an item of clothing that is really quite nice within these pages. I always browse through these pages on the off chance that I might spot something, few times have I actually seen anything of worth but still I choose to take a look through.
In terms of features the writing style of the magazine is excellent; the words really come to life on the page and even when I don't particularly like the artist that is being spoken about still I find the writing interesting to read. It is generally current dance music sensations that are given articles within the magazine, dance acts currently shifting plenty of records are often interviewed and this can provide for a hugely entertaining reading experience. When the summer months are nearing the magazine often speaks of hot holiday destinations to visit; places to go with excellent venues for clubbing and with a strong dance music line-up for the summer. The best clubs to visit all around the world are given, Ibiza always features heavily and often the magazine will feature the best dance music venues in Ibiza. For all those hoping to holiday abroad and take in some of worlds finest clubbing venues then Mixmag is I feel essential reading in the summer; even if you're not going away then it's always nice to read about clubs in far away lands anyway. Always the magazine makes the club nights sound so exciting, you just want to get out your passport and head somewhere where the weather is hot and the dance music is pumping.
Towards the end of the magazine is the letters section, a place where readers from all around the world write/e-mail into the magazine in the hope of their letter being printed in the fine pages of Mixmag. A 'Star Letter' is a awarded each month, the prize for attaining such an accolade as this is generally something alcohol related; a star prize of a bottle of absinthe or other such alcoholic beverage. It's all a bit of fun, random rants about the magazine/the world of dance are here written and always I find this section of the magazine to be an interesting one. I always love the letters sections of magazines, Mixmag is no different and every month I make it my mission to at least read the letters pages of the magazine.
For those that love their dance music then Mixmag is definitely a magazine that I would recommend giving a read. It's a nice glossy magazine, it comes complete with a fair share of adverts but they're all dance music related and therefore not quite such a chore to read through. Adverts in the magazine include ones for mixing equipment shops, ones for the latest dance music CD releases and other such exciting capers. Mixmag is a decent magazine all round really; the features are good, the reviews section is strong, and the club night listings also are excellent. Sometimes the compilation CD can be a bit useless, this is something that is true of most magazines that supply a monthly compilation CD however and given that the magazine covers all types of dance music then the compilation is bound not to appeal every single month. Over the years the magazine has included a number of excellent Drum and Bass compilations and various other dance music delights also, I give the CD a whirl every month regardless of whether or not the genre covered is one that I'm a fan of; more often than not the quality of the CD is high and the music has much to offer. Give Mixmag a read some time, it comes with quite an expensive price tag but given the quality of the magazine I'd definitely say that the price is worth it; it's a great magazine for all fans of dance music and a fine place to find out about all upcoming club nights in the area.
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Mixmag is a monthly clubbing magazine that comes out on the third Thursday in the month. It is a magazine for clubbers about clubbing and if you're not into dance music then you may find it a litle boring. The magazine is divided into six basic sections. The first you come to when you open the glossy cover is the tranzmiter section. This section covers what's happening in clubland and is made up of lots of little news stories. This section also includes Pete Tong's column where he gives inside info on what's going to be big and his top tunes of the moment. The next section is the features section where they have lengthier articles on such subjects as popular dance acts such as Fatboy Slim and Faithless or popular clubbing destinations, for example Ibiza and Ayia Napa. These articles generally consist of an interview with the artist and are usually well researched and written. The next section you come across is the fashion section which is basically a lot of pictures of people wearing different clothes. I think this section is not very good and a waste of space as most of the clothes are expensive and do not really seem the type that people would wear out clubbing. The next section is the club listings section that can give you a good idea of what's going on all over the country, though I often find that it is rather out of date. For example, a club in Leeds was listed for a year after it closed down! Generally it is quite accurate though. The penultimate section is the music reviews. These include both single and album reviews and are fairly comprehensive and reliable. Included here are their top tune chart and Judge Jules' reviews, both of which give you a good idea of the music blowing up in the clubs. The final section is the chill section, this is made up of amusing articles, often made up, to make you chuckle on a depressing day. Usually this section has me in stitches and is often the first place I turn to. Overall I
think that Mixmag is great, it is an amazing source of information for any clubber or DJ and they don't take themselves too seriously. They often run their own club nights and know what the punters want, and with over 10 years experience they really should. The only bad things about it are the amount of adverts and often the cover cd's are tud, but apart from that I love it. It is far superior to any other clubbing magazine on the market, both in writing style and content, though DJ magazine is better for record reviews, but as it is a speciality magazine this is to be expected. If you're into clubbing go get it now.
If you're a serious Clubbing Bunny then MixMag is definately for you. Each edition comes with an excellent free CD that doesn't just have a load of crap nobody would give good money for, there are actually some good quality choons each month. Each edition is filled with; well thought out reviews of new albums and singles; interviews with up and coming talent and well known DJs; informative articles; humourous ditties sent in by readers; reviews of clubs throughout Great Britain. You're sure to find something of interest in this magazine, guaranteed...
yes mixmag is the best, it is a very good read if you are at all into dance music . they are very good at reviewing the latest music, you feel you can really trust the opinions. the intervews are allways worth reading as well, but the best thing of all is the quality of the free cd's each month, recently they have been great. nearly as good as cd's you would want to pay full price for, far better than other mags efforts
As far as clubbing magazines go, Mixmag's got it down pat! Not only has it been in the business for by far the longest time, but it has struck the right balance between music, clubs, and crap! Mixmag has the regular clubland listings at the back, and the 'tranzmitter' at the front which is 30 pages of news and 'smaller' features. The mixmag sense of humour is good one - it insists on having a sarcastic laugh at everyone elses' expense! You'll find that they cover every single dance-music festival in details [their infamour mixmag ice-cream van is always present!] and have features the most innovative people in the dance music industry [Paul Van Dyk, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold etc.] The magazine has a bias towards trance and techno culture, although they don't hold any sympathies with the so-called 'crasher kids [Gatecrasher cyber-freaks]. My favourite section though, is chill - dubbed 'something to read when you can't read any more'. It lists a whole page full of the monthly selection of answer-phone messages left on the 'mongo hotline' - by stoned clubbers! It is by far the most entertaining read you'll get from a club magazine - and they have now started to include a free CD each month on the cover!