Dummy is a website dedicated to discovering and supporting the best new music from around the globe.
Dummy was started by Paul Benney and John Burgess, founders of '90s electronic dance music and club culture magazine Jockey Slut. After Jockey Slut closed in 2004, Paul and John decided to start a new magazine that took Jockey Slut’s passion for new music and move it forwards while retaining the important elements of any decent magazine – great writing, photography, and design.
After seven print issues, it became clear that the future of publishing arena was now the internet, and in 2009 Dummy launched in its current incarnation.
Charlie Jones edited the site from July 2010, earning praise for Dummy from everyone from SXSW to the BBC. In October 2012, Aimee Cliff took over as full-time editor, followed by Selim Bulut until August 2015. Natalie Davies is Dummy's current editor.
Dummy continues to expand rapidly and can now boast over 150,000 unique users per month.
Dummy covers music that exists in the sweet spot between bold, innovative production, and brilliant pop songwriting. We believe that music can, and should, be brave, fun, and clever. Surprising sounds come from the top of the charts and the furthest reaches of the underground. The great artists of now are just as likely to sell out arenas as they are to compose alone in their bedrooms.
Dummy briefs readers every day on the most exciting new music and music news to emerge from around the world. We also commission a weekly Dummy Mix, run regular artist-led 10 best playlists (previous lists have come from the likes of Macy Grey, The Orb, Gary Numan, and Goldie), and run in-depth features.
Dummy is also developing its video channel, Dummy TV, and has programmed events at XOYO, SXSW, and Ace Hotel.
Dummy operates an independent record label, Dummy Records, who have released music by the likes of The Golden Filter, Nao, Lorca, Cadenza, and more, as well as the new music compilation 'Dummy: 21st Century Pop Music 2014'.