Know Your Roots: House

“In the beginning there was Jack and Jack had a groove, and from this groove came the groove of all grooves…”

Ok listen up.  I’m going to tell you a story.  It’s about the beginning of our sound.  The beginning of electronic dance music as we know it today.  I’ve gone through a few documentaries and books and interviews etc.  This Youtube video sticks out to me as the easiest to digest and fastest retelling of the story.  Check it out:

Long story short?  Disco exploded at the end of the 70s.  The club, Paradise Garage opened with Larry Levan at the decks.  He worked his special kind of magic and elevated the dance floor to new heights.  He made an indelible mark on the history of dance music.  (If you haven’t heard one of his classic mixes yet, DO IT.  You won’t be sorry.)

But disco died and went underground.

A new club opened.  The Warehouse employed Frankie Knuckles as it’s resident DJ.  It was the only place in the city people could go to hear the underground and classic disco songs that Knuckles played.  The hype grew and record stores started putting the singles being played at the Warehouse in their own category.

People would come into Import Records asking for “that new warehouse song” or “that track they played at the warehouse”.  Eventually the store shortened the name to “house music” and people would come in asking for that “house music”.

The sound evolved.  Some kids were playing with a weird new bass synthesizer from Roland one day.  They started making their own house music records with it.  Acid house was born and…

The Beginning.


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