It’s an electronic dance music genre, generally recognised by its repetitive 4/4 beats with the off-beats
hi-hat cymbals foundation, notably the prominent kick drum on every beat using drum machine and synthesized bass line.
At the end of 1977 era, disco or dance music came out from the underground and it exploded, especially after the Saturday night fever came along. From the idea if people can dance together they can live together, a club where all people from all kind of walk of life and colours can come together in unity was established, The Paradise Garage.
It had the biggest dance floor and the best sounds system at that time, founded by Michael Broady in January 1978 on 84 King Street. The club became legendary through its talented DJ Larry Levan whom could be said that he was the “Godfather of DJs”
Robert Williams a club promoter brought a young New Yorker Frankie Knuckles to play at his new club, called The Warehouse. Adding to the disco vibes from New York with the classy, groovy, soulful and uplifting underground music style of Frankie knuckles, The Warehouse club became so sensational in the windy city.
It became the city’s flagship club. It shaped the fashion and culture within the city’s underground music.
And more to that, it was just about to give its name, to a name that no one could have had imagined.
It gave a new name to the whole new style of music! People in Chicago started to look for the music that were played or being played at The Warehouse. The Imports record shop was “THE” shop at the time that everyone in Chicago go to find records and that was also selling “The Warehouse music” .
They labelled their records with “as played or as heard at The Warehouse” Eventually, for the simplicity of pronunciation, The Warehouse’s music was shortened to HOUSE MUSIC. DJs in Chicago also became more increasingly creative on the decks by using double copies of the same record to mix, slam, repeat and manipulate on the certain part or section of the record that they knew would had had made their audience gone wild. This style of mixing technique was then taken to another level of perfection and popularized it even more on the city’s airwave by WBMX radio station with its mascot, Scott Smokin Silz, the hot mix 5.
The popularity ripple had continued massively in the city as more new technology had become available such as drum machine. By this time “HOUSE MUSIC” term in which was to describe music that were or being played at The Warehouse had begun to evolve to becoming a stand-alone music genre and started to get its form!
DJs were making their own rhythms, beats and remixes. In 1983 a new club in town “The music box ” led by its resident DJ Ron Hardy had a considerable influence on the growing popularity and demand of HOUSE MUSIC. The box was also where the slang word “Jackin” became about. A HOUSE MUSIC demo tape “ Your Love “ by Jamie Principle & Frankie knuckles from The Warehouse (1984) had spread through in every corner of Chicago like a virus and was truly played significant role in the evolution of house music.
Then followed by “On & On” by Jesse Saunders, the very first house music on vinyl. The evolution was then again accelerated by Chip E’ s success with his record “Time To Jack” Within a year, DJs were making more and more HOUSE MUSIC with drum machine and another new music media electronics including abusing a machine designed for karaoke, in which how the acid house started (pioneered by DJ Pierre and DJ Earl Spanky Smith) HOUSE MUSIC grew wider and became splintered into different types of house music genres. Not to forget Larry Sherman who owned Trax record label. He was responsible for the success of “Can you Feel It” by Larry Heard in 1986 and the pinnacle, the one and only house music anthem “Move Your Body” by Marshall Jefferson.
Credit also due to Trax record for taking the much variety of house music produced vinyls from all Chicago’s DJs out from its city wall, across the Atlantic ocean to UK through Ibiza & all over the world, becoming the music genre that is loved by many until today!
WHAT IS SOULFUL HOUSE?
ORIGIN, HISTORY AND MEANING
As House Music became more popular around the world, it became associated with the more extreme forms such as Acid House, Euro Hard House and Rave, etc. The real House Music connoisseurs stayed firmly on the side of more soul- and jazz-enriched forms of the genre – for many and for a while this genre was tagged as Funky House, but again this term became somewhat abused and clichéd due to the populist crossover with UK Garage and 2Step, and with the resulting popularity, the music became more commercial, cheesy and pop-oriented. So today’s house music connoisseurs favour the terms “Soulful House” or “Deep House“.
Soulful House has a healthy underground scene, albeit split across the world with popular hot spots being Chicago, New York, London, Brazil, Melbourne and South Africa. It remains fairly underground with a scene similar to the soul and jazz-funk scene in the 70s and 80s. The demographic is predominantly people in their late 20s upwards, with many liking the sound as reminiscent of what they grew up with in the 70s and 80s (i.e. soul, funk, disco and jazz coupled with early 80’s electronic music). Some of the popular artists at the forefront of soulful house are Masters at Work (Little Louie Vega & Kenny “Dope” Gonzales), Dennis Ferrer, Blaze, Barbara Tucker, Kenny Bobien, Stephanie Cooke (US) and in the UK, Joey Negro, Fanatix, The Layabouts, DeepCitySoul, Aphrodisiax, Soul Renegades and Andy Ward among others continue to grow and develop the scene.