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The Dance Music Press - Muzik

Bijon Fenner | Thursday July 16, 2009

Categories: Magazines, Music Press, More on Music Press, Music, Other Topics

Reflecting the retrospective sensibility of contemporary dance music issues of Muzik typically mix new music with older stars.

KEY BRAND VALUES: CUTTING EDGE, INFORMED, FUTURE CONSCIOUS CLUB CULTURE.
OWNER: IPC 1995 TO 2003
MASTHEAD: MUZIK
PUFF: NONE
PRICE: £3.90
HOUSE STYLE: POP ART COLOURS – YELLOWS, PINKS AND ORANGE
ADVERTISING PORTFOLIO: DANCE 12? SINGLES, COMPILATIONS, CLUB NIGHTS, HARDWARE, CLOTHING

Muzik was a dance music magazine produced between 1995 and 2003. The magazine reflected the proliferation of dance music from the 1980s onwards. The magazine was less interested in musicians and songwriters and more focused on the role of the DJ and the producer.

Unlike more traditional titles the magazine celebrated the influence of hip hop and the proliferation of sample culture. As well as focusing on the music the magazine also placed records in the cultural context of the nightclub. Unlike competing titles in this sector Muzik was notable for the way in which it positioned new music in relation to its historical antecedents. Many issues emphasize the influence of reggae, punk, disco and hip hop on the evolution of contemporary dance music.  Like many magazines since 2000 it could not compete with the Internet and competition from other titles like Jocky Slut and MixMag.

Pop Will Eat Itself:  Analysing Muzik and DJ Culture

In an attempt to update the model of music magazine publishing provided by Shukar it is perhaps worthwhile to spend some time considering a new type of magazine that has come to take a big share of the market. In direct contrast to Q, dance-music magazines, aimed variously at club goers, bedroom DJs and anyone with an interest in contemporary pop music, have taken off as CDs have come to dominate the album market, but as sales of 12? singles have risen steadily. It is possible that the success of titles like D.J, Mixmag, Jockey Slut and Muzik are responsible for the death of titles like Vox, Melody Maker...


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