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with peer to peer networks the degrees of separation between people is so minimal that if one person has something it is so easily shared with eveyone else, not that it is necesarily a bad thing
the internet has opened things up a bit but just because you can see aspects of a scene online it doesn't mean you're involved in it. I can see snipets of Juke/Footwork online but its still a mission to get anything but a rip of a youtube vid or the odd mp3 here and there. You'd have to go to Chicargo to find the music and then its still only half the story since its a scene all about dance battles and stuff like that. Bless Planet Mu for digging some of this stuff up and releasing it wider...
But even closer to home, its a mission to find any of that strange digidub that Iration Steppas destroy their nights with and they're only from Leeds. You only really here it from them and they don't divulge any names what you go see them.
The online presence for dubstep is pretty massive has been pretty much since it started but a lot of the stranger nights still have that comunity vibe going on of an underground scene. You'll bump into the same people and see all the producers wandering about. You can find where this stuff is going on easily but getting involved is something diffrent.
UK funky is still very undergound, you can't buy much of it at all, you'll only hear it on pirate stations and rinse fm or in clubs mostly in london but sometimes a DJ will do shows elsewhere. You can find out where the next rave is or listen to a radio show easy enough but thats about it.
lot of those bands don't have myspaces, release their music on rare cassettes, impossible to find any info on the net.
just because everything is potentially available to everyone doesn't mean they listen to it, buy it or pay any attention to it.
The underground is still there, just suddenly way more available for anyone that cares to explore it.
Also, this is a PERFECT situation for everything to be in.
but i'm pretty hungover. i think saying the underground doesn't exist anymore is way wide of the mark. still i said i'd phrase the thread as a question just for the fun. interesting article all the same. i think the concept of the underground has definitely changed.
I just dug a whole in the garden to check.