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About Harder Blogger Faster

“Influential dance blog” – Billboard Magazine

Harder Blogger Faster (HBF) is a electronic music blog based in Manchester that covers dance music news and reviews. Started in June 2009 by freelance journalist Andrew Rafter, it has contributors across the world including Bristol, Dublin, LA, London, Manchester and San Francisco.

Through a constant stream of news, reviews, features, track giveaways, interviews and competitions, Harder Blogger Faster (HBF) has garnered a loyal following of some of the most up-to-date and music-savvy readers online.

Please send all submissions to us via our Submithub page (it really does make our life easier) or via our submissions email: harderbloggerfaster@gmail.com

Please note: We get hundreds of emails a day – so please be patient, if we like what we are hearing we’ll be in touch.

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Meet the Harder Blogger Faster team…

ac3f533c25ca076bca12afe8478c0d82Andrew Rafter is the Editor and Founder of Harder Blogger Faster. Andrew is a fully trained print journalist and has written for local newspapers, sports papers and various tech blogs. When he’s not listening to endless amounts of promos, you’ll find him wandering the streets of Manchester attending gigs, interviewing artists and trying to persuade techno enthusiasts about merits of melody.


f36ae6feda1f134f2ade0bc5b79d024eJames Trigo is an advocate for the craft of making a good tune. Whiling away the small hours with his head in a sequencer, if he’s not making music he’s listening to it, and then writing about it. Come say hello.



4a2e75f9afc0607e066bf1dd6c8ce92bAnto Nation is a blogger and DJ from Dublin, Ireland. Originally a co-founder & DJ at NoDisko he often edits music for dancers, performers and burlesque artists. He also previously edited performance music for Sedition Industries, (Dublins premier avant-garde performance & Dance Troupe). More recently he can be found surrounded by beautiful models when guest DJing at Dr. Sketchys Dublin Anti-Art School and special events.


339199bf9b5f4c36659b2034ff55493cCharlotte Cijffer is a freelance writer and founder of music blog Chase The Compass. An Australian export turned loyal Londonist, Charlotte enjoys all things Techno, House and Disco and knows the whole dance to ‘Thriller.’ When she’s not listening to or writing about music, she can be found researching her next travel destination, awkwardly leaning in photographs or nursing her peanut butter addiction.


9b6bf475ddcfbbc449bd99522ede23bcShea Kopp is an audiophile and electronic music activist who calls both Los Angeles and San Diego home. She is the current Events Editor at San Diego CityBeat magazine and contributor to multiple music blogs. Find her on the dance floor when she is not writing about or listening to music. Feel free to contact Shea at shea.kopp@gmail.com



c31bd3026cd09d27cf36cde1a7d37bbb  is a musician/producer from the north-east of England, now residing in a charmingly frenetic area of north London. He is generally engrossed in music production under his Plainview moniker, and has a soft spot for old-school sci-fi novels with badly drawn covers. You can find him out and about in Dalston and Stoke Newington most weekends, or Djing at his residency for club night French Cafe.