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What is The Old Skool Party?

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A history Of House

“House is a feeling”, as the song lyric goes, and those who love it will happily testify to that.

Its percussion-led rhythmic beats are firmly driven by its African roots; this music is best appreciated by people who love to dance. The 4/4 time drum percussion with low frequency, heavy basslines are the reason it’s not just music to listen to but to “feel”…it can touch your soul, make you dance and lift your spirit. “Oh yes, you can definitely feel it!!”


The term “House” is much debated as to exactly when and who tagged it, but the most accepted version is that it was derived from the Warehouse Nightclub in Chicago where the legendary Frankie Knuckles DJ’d, and developed a distinct sound mainly due to the electronic drum machines of the day (Roland TR-808, TR-909 and later the TB 303 for Acid House). It’s been quoted that record stores began to sell some of these records and labelled them “as played at the Warehouse”, which became shortened to “house music”. Some of the early pioneer artists were Frankie Knuckles, Larry Heard (aka Mr Fingers & Fingers Inc.), Chip E, Tyree Cooper, Rocky-Jones, Ron Hardy, DJ Leonard “Remix” Roy and many more.

Garage Music

Over in New York (and a few years before the Warehouse), there was the New York City Paradise Garage club at King Street where the legendary Larry Levan was the resident DJ, and is credited for fusing disco with European electronic music (particularly Kraftwerk (Germany), Yazoo & Depeche Mode (UK), etc.) Another reason the tags Garage Music and House Music became so popular is the fact that by the early 80s Disco had developed something of a dirty name after it become mainstream on the back of the “Saturday Night Fever” film, and was no longer considered cool. In the early 80s the tag “Garage Music” was known but very underground (mainly in New York and by those in the know in the UK). A decade later, people in the UK (DJs and die-hard fans) would refer to the more soulful house as Garage, and by the mid 90s developed the sounds to become UK Garage (characterised by 4/4 choppy beats and vocal stabs), later leading to 2Step and a more poppy sound. In time, many of the early DJs no longer identified with this sound and turned their attentions back to House and some of its sub-genres like Funky House, Deep House & Soulful House.

As House Music progressed during the late 80s and early 90s, it was played all round the world and grew by influence of different cultures, creating many more sub-genres: Detroit Techno, Acid House, Hip-House, Hard House, Funky House among others. All these sub-genres took focus away from the original soul- and disco-influenced House. House and Garage lost its original identity, and for this reason the genres Deep House and later Soulful House became the new tags for those liking a more soul, funk & disco oriented sound.

Although House Music has heavily influenced and shaped pop music over the last few decades it remains non-mainstream and exists as a healthy network of underground scenes…and to many a whole culture.

In the beginning, there was Jack, and Jack had a groove Rhythm Controll – My House 1987 lyrics


House music is a genre of electronic dance music. It was created by disc jockeys and music producers from Chicago’s underground club culture in the early and mid 1980s.

Being a form of musical “bricolage”, early house synthesized elements of multiple genres and styles from disco — which is considered its main precursor — and Italo disco to synth pop, hip hop, funk, soul, Latin, and even jazz. While displaying several characteristics similar to disco music, it was more electronic, repetitive and minimalistic. House is strongly related to the harder and even more minimalistic techno music which evolved parallel to Chicago’s house in Detroit.

The genre was pioneered by DJs and producers mainly from Chicago and New York such as Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Ron Hardy, Jesse Saunders, Chip E., Steve “Silk” Hurley, Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Mr. Fingers, Marshall Jefferson, Phuture, and many others. It was originally associated with the Black American LGBT subculture but has since spread to the mainstream. It has become a global phenomena with numerous subgenres, such as acid house, deep house, garage house, hip house, ghetto house, progressive house, tech house, electro house, microhouse, and many more.

House has had and still has a huge impact on pop music in general and dance music in particular. It has been picked up by major pop artists like Madonna, Kylie Minogue or Janet Jackson, but also produced some mainstream hits on its own, such as “French Kiss” by Lil Louis (1989), “Show Me Love” by Robin S. (1992), or “Push the Feeling On” by Nightcrawlers (1992). Many house producers also did and do remixes for pop artists. As of today, house music remains popular on radio and in clubs while retaining a foothold on the underground scenes across the globe.

Italo house (often simply referred to as “Italian” or “Italian house” in the UK) is a form of house music originating in Italy. Typically popular in Italy, Britain and United States since the late 1980s, it fuses house music and Italo disco. The genre’s main musical characteristic is its use of predominantly electronic piano chords in a more lyrical form than classic Chicago house records. The best known example is Black Box’s “Ride on Time”, but the genre became very popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s for the uplifting and anthemic tunes against the background of indie-dance

“Italo-house” as it became known in the early 1990s was a happy, euphoric sound; pioneered essentially by the production stable of Gianfranco Bortolotti, whose alter egos included Cappella, R.A.F., East Side Beat and the 49ers. Records produced in Italy dominated the UK dance charts of 1990/91 with tunes including Asha’s “JJ Tribute”; DJ H’s “Think About”; Last Rhythm’s “Last Rhythm” and Jinny’s “Keep Warm” signifying the uplifting, happy vibe. Artists such as K-Klass, Bassheads and Felix built on the Italian piano sound to create uplifting tunes still played out today, although the pioneers of the sound such as DJ Sasha have long since left the happy vibe of piano house to concentrate on other styles.

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