Opinion: Why we’re stopping the RA polls

Opinion: Why we’re stopping the RA polls

We’re no longer running the RA polls. Here’s why.

Since Resident Advisor began back in 2001, our mission has remained the same: to support local electronic music scenes and to connect the larger electronic music community. But outside of those core goals, plenty has changed. While remaining completely independent, we’ve grown from a site focused on the scene in Sydney, Australia, into an online magazine, events database and ticketing service with a global following. Today, the decisions we make can affect club culture and electronic music, a world we love and where we hope to be a force for good. It’s with that in mind that we’ve decided to stop running the RA polls.When the polls started, they filled what we saw as a gap in coverage. Other magazines had been doing similar lists for years, from Mixmag to DJ Mag to Pitchfork, but none covered the music for which RA had become an advocate—the vast tier of electronic music dubbed « underground, » for lack of a better term, a global network of DJs, producers, clubs and labels that were doing amazing things, but that, whatever the size of their cult followings, had not achieved the kind of success that would land them in other lists.
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