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Interview: Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers

Cited as unintentionally ushering in Deep House as a genre to becoming a pivotal figure in the well documented halcyon filled 80’s Chicago house scene to having his pioneering anthems sound-track warehouse parties, raves, clubs and after hours for over three decades. Mr. Fingers aka Larry Heard sat down with Rick Heffernan to talk streaming, Kanye, Gherkin Jerks and amongst other things his first LP release under the Fingers moniker in 24 years. An 18-track trip of eclectic electronica “Cerebral Hemispheres” easies through various moods, bpm’s and vibes whilst remaining unmistakably a much-anticipated Mr Fingers release. “QUOTE” We’re coming up ... Read more

DHA Mix #240 By Christian Nielsen

Deviating from producing to feed the masses, Danish DJ & producer Christian Nielsen delivers us a sound-defying mix. Christian Nielsen has emerged onto the scene quickly and proficiently. Catching attention from labels such as Noir, 8bit and Play It Down, his success due to his poignant and distinctive sound was inevitable. His working efforts are hidden in an office by day, and bloom in the evenings where he perfects and showcases his sound. His music has evolved out of close study of musical inspirations such as Kerri Chandler, Mr. V, Moodymann and the late works of Frankie Knuckles. His more recent ... Read more

10 Best Remixes By Frankie Knuckles

On what would have been “The Godfather of House” 61st birthday, we thought to honor the legend of Frankie Knuckles with a selection of his 10 finest remixes. Spanning decades, genre’s and mood, these selections show a side to Knuckles musical legacy, which may be overshadowed, given the prolific nature of his own original productions. Virtually a who’s who of dance music through the decades, everyone from disco icon Chaka Khan to the new era house of Satoshi Tomiie are covered. See also: 5 Essentials: Kerri Chandler So, check out the selections and tell us if we missed any, or ... Read more

Go Retro With A Selection Of Rare Early House And Disco Sets

While we are all taking our moments these days to reminisce 2015, we thought we’d expand on that thought a little and take you on a musical trip down memory lane. So we’ve selected some of our most favourite retro sets by the pioneers of the days of Proto-House, late Disco and Italo. Step back into the days of The Warehouse, Music Box, The Hacienda and Paradise Garage, under the curation of artists such as Nicky Siano, Larry Levan, Masters At Work, Ron Hardy, Derrick May and Lil’ Louis.  Nicky Siano – @ The Gallery (1976) [soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/wax-poetics/nicky-siano-live-at-the-gallery-october-1976″ comments=”true” auto_play=”false” color=”E40045″ width=”100%” height=”166″] Junior Vasquez ... Read more

For South Africa’s House Music Scene, The Time Is Now.

We all know about cities like Berlin, London, and Chicago or countries like the UK and Netherlands, as being originators, centers or, dare I say, meccas, of electronic music, but over the last few years a new player has emerged on the global scale. Refreshingly, this country is not located in Europe or North America, but rather Earth’s second largest, and fastest developing continent: South Africa. With artists like Black Coffee, Euphonik and Culoe De Song taking the global dance scene by storm (an no stranger’s here in Amsterdam), South Africa has firmly situated itself in the conversation of talent incubator and, ... Read more

VIDEO: 5 Years Of Boiler Room In 30 Minutes

Boiler Room has turned 5, and the organisation is not letting the occasion slip by unnoticed. The UK livestream concept that has pretty much traveled the world hosting sets and live performances from countless artists in a wide array of music scenes, is presenting an anniversary video with the best momentsof five years of Boiler Room. In it you can find moment supremes from legendary sets by Redshape, Frankie Knuckles, Laurent Garnier and even a couple of seconds of Grimes’ ‘unconventional’ set during Richie Hawtin’s Ibiza Villa Takeover (skip to 16:02). See also: Boiler Room Knows What You Did Last Night You can watch a livestream ... Read more

Mix #169 By Silky

Commonly known as the nicest guy in the scene next to being a dexterous producer, London-born producer Silky boasts all the necessary traits that will undoubtedly see him continue on his pathway to a high level of success in the dance music industry. For our 169th installation in the DHA mix series we feature the amiable LA-based Brit who treats us to a fitting contribution. Silky’s depth of knowledge and appreciation for the roots of house music stem from his youth, when he became enthralled with electronic music – at the time, in his local area, it was still virtually a ‘fringe’ ... Read more

Five Must-See Dance Music Documentaries

With dance music embedded deeply in European society for over 2 decades now, it’s no surprise that the history and developments in the music, genres, and the various communities, subcultures and lifestyles as a result of those have been documented for all of us to enjoy – and to grow a better understanding of the origins and workings of what is a huge part in the lives of an ever-growing amount of people. For your viewing pleasure, we have selected five seminal dance music documentaries that will be just as relevant in fifty years time.  The Summer of Rave 1989 Documentary by the BBC on ... Read more

Frankie Knuckles’ Complete Record Collection To Display In Chicago

Chicago’s Stony Island Arts Bank is a new cultural centre to be opened in conjunction with the city’s architecture Bienalle on October 3rd. The former bank, which was purchased by the Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates for $1 (!) in 2012, will feature, as Gates puts it, a “repository for African American culture and history.” Alongside such display’s as 60,000 lantern slides from the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the libraries of the Johnson Publishing Archive, featuring magazines like Jet and Ebony, will be the, completely in-tact, vinyl record collection of Chicago’s very ... Read more

Incredible Performances Of Dance Classics During Radio 1’s ‘Ibiza Prom’

As Pete Tong would be taking charge of the legendary BBC Radio 1 Prom night in the Royal Albert Hall, he employed the Heritage Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley, to play a selection of some of the biggest Ibiza dance classics, like Inner City’s Good Life, Frankie Knuckles’ Your Love and Fatboy Slim’s Right Here, Right Now. It’s an incredible performance where the biggest tunes in dance music are giving another dimension by the orchestra, with strings, live pianos and drumming giving the masterpieces a more generic touch. Check out the full performance of Radio 1’s Ibiza Prom below. You ... Read more

Rare 1989 Video Interview With Larry Levan

“You can’t dance to decoration [in a club]. You’re selling music. Not mirrors and paint” The “Jimi Hendrix of the turntables”, “prototype resident” and “worshipped like a god” by his audience and colleagues. There’s never been a shortage of superlatives to describe the late and great Larry Levan. The decade-long resident of clubland’s ground zero, Paradise Garage, is still widely regarded as a prime example of all the right things a true DJ should entail. Specifically his cross-disciplinary take on sets, where he was the first to combine post-disco with other sounds, like early house, to Kraftwerk and British synth-pop. ... Read more

President Obama Congratulates Veteran Chicago House DJs

Chicago House legends Chosen Few DJs received blessings from perhaps the most famous Chicagoan of them all over the weekend, President Barack Obama. “Michelle and I are sorry we can’t be home with all the house heads in Jackson Park today,” Obama explains. “We’re having a 4th of July get together of our own at the White House, with some of America’s finest servicemen and women, and their families, but I still wanted to wish the Chosen Few DJs and all of you a happy 4th of July, and a happy 25th anniversary, Chosen Few Picnic. Love you Chicago! Enjoy ... Read more

Exclusive Interview With Marshall Jefferson

“At the time everybody all just assumed that the term House must have come from the Warehouse club. But the people that went to the Warehouse really called the music that was played there ‘Rice & Beans music’ “ Interview: Milan van Ooijen Write-up:  Sören Schmidt There are a few people who fit the title ‘Godfather of House’. But Marshall Jefferson can carry it with pride. That’s not only because he was there when it all started off but mostly because he defined House music as we know it today. Jefferson was originally a record producer in the Universal Recording ... Read more

80’s Aussie Hit ‘Space Invaders’ Inspired The Very First House Track

“For me, just that whole groove of it was incredible. So that’s what became my signature record whenever I played anywhere” Jesse Saunders The question on what was the very first house track ever made is disputed to this day, but there is some agreement that one of the sure contenders is ‘On And On‘ by Chicago pioneer Jesse Saunders. The seven and a half minute 808-bonanza is commonly pointed to as the first chapter in the Chicago house sound, which ushered in an era of closely collaborating young talents who would soon find fame across the Atlantic, like Frankie ... Read more

Movie About Frankie Knuckles’ Life In The Making

Frankie Knuckles, the late ‘godfather of house’ who passed away last year at 59 years of age, will be be at the centre of a biopic that’s in the making, telling the lifestory of the Chicago artist. Producer Robert Teitel (of the “Barbershop” movies) will be producing the film, together with Joe Shanahan, Billy Dec and Randy Crumpton, all people heavily involved in Chicago’s nightlife circuit and closely connected to the DJ/producer who is the creator of such house music blueprints as “Baby Wants To Ride“, “Your Love” and “Whistle Song“ A director for the film has yet to be ... Read more