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DHA Mix #300 By Spoetnik

Amsterdam’s Spoetnik is best described as a purveyor of  undeniable groove. The artistic project of the city’s club shelter staple, the sound of Spoetnik draws its influence from across the musical spectrum – from dubby and rousing, to tribalesque and organ-churning house. Think of it as a tour the best of classic-era House has to offer from late eighties to early nineties New York, mixed with classic Chicago house and more contemporary Detroit work. On this exclusive mix, the 300th (!) on DHA, of rare and hard to find gems, Spoetnik gives all you crate diggers and starting point, describing it ... Read more

Interview: Mark Farina

As one of the most ubiquitous DJs in Dance Music, Mark Farina is known for both his unique style of mixing Jazz, Downtempo and House Music as well as being the creator of Mushroom Jazz: West Coast jazzy, organic productions combined with East Coast Hip-Hop, Urban beats. Drawing from his vibrant youth, Mark found his passion for the luscious world of vinyl, turntables and nightclubs. At 16, he began his career at Chicago’s Medusa’s while joining forces with emerging DJs Derrick Carter and Chris Nazuka. See also: Pacha Festival Podcast #001 by Mark Farina Farina relocated to San Francisco in ... Read more

Documentary Explores Chicago’s Infamous “Disco Demolition” Night

One of the strangest, and most destructive, professional sports promotions of all time, Chicago’s infamous “Disco Demolition” night, is the subject of a new documentary, which you can watch in full now. The doc, from Red Bull Music Academy, is a 15 minute look at one night in 1979 where Chicago’s White Sox baseball team went up against the Detroit Tigers on the city’s South Side Comiskey Park. Essentially, fans were invited to bring disco records to the stadium, which would later be collected and blown up on the field. The stunt was organized by anti-disco shock jock Steve Dahl ... Read more

Mix # 155 By Rahaan

The newest edition of our mix series comes from a true legend, who has been dropping Disco and Funky House beats since the 80’s. Rahaan was part of the best House parties House music’s (and his own) birthplace: Chicago, where his talents brought him from the underground milieu to international clubs and events. It all started with the Chuck Brothers, which was how Rahaan and his dance crew were called. After picking up and moving to Wisconsin he began building a significant collection of Disco and House records, which gave his career the next necessary push. After moving back to Chicago, Rahaan’s career really took off. ... Read more

Dance Scene Shows Overwhelming Support For Gay Community And Inclusion

The damage is done. So we’re not going to talk about the artist that has circulated all over the internet today. What was perhaps even more remarkable than the story itself, however, was the unwavering support the gay community received from artists and music fans alike; setting the record straight once and for all that dance music is inextricably connected to the gay community and is founded on inclusion and respect for one another. We couldn’t explain this relation better than this RA article has – a must for everyone interested in the roots of dance music culture. Instead of ... Read more

The Birthplace of House Gets The Dutch Royal Treatment

It seems like House music, or electronic music in general, flows through the blood of the Dutch. A few weeks ago, we talked about Louis van Gaal only allowing House music in the Manchester United locker room. Today, it is the king showing his passion for House. Yesterday, the city of Chicago had a couple of rather important visitors. Willem-Alexander and Maxima where invited to the birthplace of House by the Amsterdam based School of House to talk about the industry. The emphasis was, of course, on one of the Netherlands premiere export hits: House music. During the dinner the king said, ... Read more

Mix #149 By Gene Farris

A global ambassador of Chicago’s classic house music sound, Gene Farris has spiritedly contributed to the evolving house and techno culture of this century. He began playing Acid House, Disco and the classic Chicago style of his peers at a young age, developing a unique sound that lead him to performances at Chicago’s legendary underground warehouse parties of the 90s, and a residency at the Power House. These formative experiences solidified his artistry, launching him into a four-year residency in Amsterdam and an eight-year residency at Chicago’s infamous Boom Boom Room. A self-taught engineer and producer, his work with Cajual, ... Read more

Mix #137 By Ricardo Miranda

Mix #137 comes straight out the cradle of house music. Chicago’s Ricardo Miranda might not be a name that immediately rings a bell, yet his influence on underground dance music is significant. His music reflects a traditional House culture that goes beyond just sound or legendary stories. While pounding house beats on his school desk, thirteen-year-old Miranda was already destined to follow a career in music. He got a taste of producing when his brother bought him home a Casio RZ-1 & Casio CZ1000. A little later he passed down some DJ gear by a friend, which allowed him to ... Read more

Mix #123 By Tevo Howard

#123 in our Mixtape series comes from Chicago’s Tevo Howard. This underground house artist is perhaps best known for his multiple releases on Rush Hour Records and his own label ‘Beautiful Granville Records’. But that’s not a good starting point for this artist, as his story goes waaay back. This mix was recorded circa 2005 which was the official return of Tevo Howard behind the turntable wheels of steel just after a long break from DJing between 1992 and these recordings in 2005. The augmented energy of the recordings during this time period are a result of the rekindled love ... Read more

Frankie Knuckles Passes Away At Age 59

Frankie Knuckles, the pioneering Chicago DJ/producer known as “The Godfather of House Music” passed away Monday at the age of 59, while still living in Chicago and being widely credited with helping to define the post-disco sound that came to be known as House. It’s not clear how Knuckles died, but a statement is expected to be released on Tuesday. Knuckles was born in New York City, he first spun as a disco DJ in the early 1970s, together with childhood friend and garage pioneer Larry Levan at the Continental Baths. In 1977 he moved to Chicago, where he quickly ... Read more