February 13 2016
Originating from Chicago in the 80's, House music has come a long way as it has grown and revolutionised throughout the world. The 'pre-internet' era of house music had evolved over the years as it spread through to different cities and cultures, and more notably creating multiple variations of House music styles in cities like Detroit, New York, London, Berlin and Ibiza. The results of this have seen house artists from around the globe, pioneer the house music scene.
To celebrate the release of our latest compilation 'I Love House', we're taking a look back at some of the most influential artists who have helped shape and pioneer house music, bringing it to where it is today.
No one has contributed more to house music than the late great Frankie Knuckles. Frankie played a vital role in developing house music in Chicago and overall popularizing it around the globe. Known as 'The Godfather of House Music', Frankie has earnt himself a grammy, an induction into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, as well producing countless house classics that are bound to stand the test of time.
Another pioneer to the iconic Chicago house sound, Todd Terry is known for his tracks 'Something Goin' On' and 'Keep On Jumpin'' which were both cult classic hits. Todd Terry has kept himself involved in the house scene consistently over the past 30 years, and is still DJing with a full tour schedule all around the globe.
Masters at Work is the result of a name given to fellow house icons Kenny 'Dope' Gonzales and 'Little' Louis Vega by Todd Terry. The duo have had a long spanning and highly influential career of 25 years, and have been major influences for most of the house artists that you know of today.
When 'French House' comes up, there is only one name that always comes to find, Daft Punk. The duo of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are not only one of the most influential house artists, but arguably the most influential electronic dance music acts in the world. There simply is no one quite like Daft Punk. These guys/robots had achieved more than any other electronic act has, selling out stadiums and producing one of the most talked about world tours, the 'Alive' tour. Since then, the duo has produced a hit studio record, and even providing the score to huge Hollywood films. This list wouldn't be right without Daft Punk.
Google 'House Classics' (or read our Top 10 Greatest House Tracks Of All Time) and you'll be sure to land on the iconic single 'Another Chance' from Roger Sanchez. From his early beginnings in New York City, Roger Sanchez picked up where the 80s left off, leading the 2nd wave of house music icons into the 90's and 00's.
What can we say about Fat Boy Slim that you don't already know? Doing the UK house scene proud, Fatboy Slim is known for bringing house music into the global market with some of the most iconic tracks,that fit somewhere perfectly in between the underground and the mainstream. A member of the scene for quite some time, Fatboy Slim's footprint in house music is also recognised through the historic gig at Brighton Beach (UK), where Fatboy Slim headlined a festival to somewhat 250,000 people. 190,000 people over the estimated capacity.
Armand Van Helden picked up where the legend of Frankie Knluckles left off. Becoming a prominent figure in garage music, Van Helden is widely regarded as one of the most prolific house remixers, remixing huge releases from 90's, right through to 2016. Producing 7 studio albums, ten compilation albums, two remix albums, eight DJ mix albums, sixteen EPs and over sixty singles, you can say that Van Helden's success was well earned.
While Marc Kinchen is a powerhouse name in the current revolutionised dance music era, not many fans know that he has been producing house hits since the late 80's. From 1989 too 1993, MK was responsible for a number of house hits, made up of originals and remixes that both went on to crack the UK and U.S charts. After taking on a stint behind the scenes where he was a producer for major pop-artists, MK returned bigger and better than ever. From the slow stream of remixes that started to surface in 2009, it wasn't until his 2013 remix of Storm Queens 'Look Right Through' that turned him into one of the most in-demand remixers of the past 5 years. He is ultimately responsible for the current Deep House movement that has been taking over the world.
House music's revival wouldn't have been so strong if it wasn't for the UK House maestro Duke Dumont. Blending his underground club style production with legendary pop vocals, Duke has been a major player of the past few years. A name that is synonymous with house music since 2010, Duke took house music into the spotlight and to the Grammys.
While the duo consists of brothers aged only 22 and 25, you can' deny their contribution to house music over the past 5 years. From the steady flow of singles that were grabbing the worlds attention, to the two studio albums that went on to put house music back on the map (especially in the US), the UK duo are arguably the biggest names in house music right now and we are looking forward to what they have to offer over the next 10-20 years and beyond.
I Love House is out now on iTunes.