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First Floor Volume 1: Reflections On Electronic Music Culture


Velocity Press
July 7, 2023

Book Details

First Floor started small. At first it was just a newsletter, an outlet where veteran electronic music journalist Shawn Reynaldo could write and share his ideas without having to contend with outside editors or cater to social media algorithms. It was a blank canvas, and Reynaldo began to fill it with his extended thoughts on not just electronic music, but the culture and industry that surrounded it. Just a few years later, First Floor now stands as one of electronic music's most influential platforms, particularly as Reynaldo continues to put many of the genre's thorniest issues under the microscope. First Floor Volume 1 collects his most thought-provoking pieces and provides a nuanced, wide-ranging look at contemporary electronic music culture as it comes to grips with systemic challenges during a time of profound transformation. Whether he's taking a hard look at the genre's futurist ethos, questioning the practices of the modern music press or mapping out what motivates dance music's newest generation, Reynaldo applies an undeniably critical lens, but his words are informed by decades of experience, a genuine passion for the subject matter and an open-minded outlook toward whatever changes lie ahead.

Author Description

Shawn Reynaldo is a Barcelona-based writer and editor who specialises in electronic music. A Bay area native who first found his way into the rave scene during the late 90s, he's spent decades immersed in independent music culture, logging countless hours running labels, throwing parties and hosting radio shows. However, his work as a music journalist has made him one of electronic music's most prominent voices. Author of the First Floor newsletter, Shawn was formerly an editor at Red Bull Music Academy and XLR8R and has also contributed to such publications as Pitchfork, NPR, SPIN, Resident Advisor, DJ Mag, Bandcamp Daily and Beatportal.

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