House music directly derived from disco in the late 1980’s, and after years of bad disco variations of pop songs, as well as years of commercial dilution, sexual and racial prejudice, it died a long overdue death. It wasn't all doom and gloom however; out of the ashes, styles were beginning to develop that were a lot deeper, and a lot rawer. Disco had paved the way for DJ’s and songs had started to include percussion that made mixing easier. It wasn’t long before songs were being made with a dance audience in mind.
Many coin Frankie Knuckles as the godfather of house, and while he was laying the groundwork at the famous Chicago based ‘Warehouse’ club, another DJ was quietly creating the environment in which house music could really explode. That man was Ron Hardy, hailing from the LGBT music community, he was a pioneer in some of the wildest tracks to hit The Music Box. Thanks to Ron, Frankie and Radio stations like WBMX, the house music takeover was fully underway and by 1988 it subgenres had begun to spider.
Now, house music is one of the most universal genres of music. In 2005, it was even proclaimed by the Mayor of Chicago that August 10th would be forever known as ‘House Unity Day’ in celebration of the ‘21st anniversary of House music’. The genre has an uncountable amount of subgenres, including Deep House, Acid House, Vocal House, Funky House and even Swedish Progressive House, to name just a few and is still popular to this day.
Boys Noize ▶ Alexander Ridha has been making music since 2004, he is label owner of a label of the same name and has worked with many relevant artists.
Disclosure ▶ Disclosure’s Guy and Howard Lawrence are two brothers from Surrey and were nominated for best dance/ electronica album at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
Frankie Knuckles ▶ Francis Nicholls, 'The Godfather of House Music', played a huge part in the popularizing of House Music in the 80's in Chicago.
Jamie Jones ▶ Jamie Jones is famed for his label Hot Creations, creating a warmer, more melodic side of house and techno.
Kerri Chandler ▶ Kerry 'Kaoz' Chandler's brand of New Jersey House was honed working at recording studios and DJing at the legendary Club Zanzibar in Newark, New Jersey in the early 90's.
Maceo Plex ▶ Eric Estornel is best known for a diverse style of production in the realm of house and techno. He released his first studio album 'Life Index' in 2011 to critical acclaim.
Maya Jane Coles ▶ Maya came first to prominence in 2010 with house track 'What They Say' and has gone from strength to strength since then with 'What They Say' being sampled in Nicki Minaj's 'Truffle Butter'.
Seth Troxler ▶ American DJ and Producer Seth Troxler is known for is charming personality and great sense of humour as well as heralding music from Detroit and Chicago.
Todd Terry ▶ Terry helped define the sound House Music in New York during the 80's, his sound is a blend of disco, hiphop and Chicago house.
DJ Pierre ▶ Nathaniel Pierre Jones was crucial in the development of Chicago acid-house in the late 80's. A member of Phuture whose EP 'Acid Tracks' is named the first acid house recording.
Carl Cox ▶ Carl Cox is a veteran of the music industry with two of his record labels and shaping the British house and techno scene in the late 80's.
DJ Pierre (Interviewed by HTPS)
House music is the mother-ship of it all! All other genre's that we enjoy came from her. I'm also very attached to her beginnings because I was there, as part of the second wave of producers adding to the development of this new thing. Acid House came out of her. So I owe it all to House music. Phuture and Acid House wouldn't be here if we were not hooked on the House feeling. It's a specific feeling. There is a togetherness when you enter a House party and no other musical gathering can provide that. That's the case currently. It was built on the backs of half musicians who were rough around the edges but bold enough to lay a track. It was for the people on the outskirts who didn't necessarily want mainstream. It was built on the gay and black artistic scenes. You felt like you belonged no matter what color, background you were. It touched a nerve spiritually.
Over the recent years, once I started understanding how music affects people (it can give life and it can take it) I started to respect it more. House music has always had a way to touch people to their core, you know. Whether it's a track or vocal the right one cuts deep. I recall recently someone saying my music saved her life. Literally. I also had an recent experience where someone said they quit using drugs from following me. Without condemning anyone I've always stood out against any drug use. I feel you can get that high just through the music.
I also remember Carl Cox and Michael Mayer (Kompakt) mentioning something about saving their lives (as artists) with some of my earlier productions. So that's always an amazing and memorable compliment. I am now of the opinion, after hearing similar stories over the years, that music is spiritual. We have a responsibility to carry on the essence of House music. I just got a request to DJ a private event for a 19 year old. His dad, a businessman, said I'm his son's favorite DJ. I mean the kid is 19. So that's another definite message from the Creator that this music can reach anyone, anywhere and at any age. We have to responsibility to give back with this music. To help heal with this music. To help expand a person's ability to express themselves through dance and though creating this music. House music is all that and it should have it's place in the Musical Hall of history.
I feel we need to go back to what we defined House as. There are definite components that make up a true house track. So we need to ease off what's hot at the moment and ease off mis-grouping certain tracks as House. They aren't.