Tag: Franke Knuckles

Chicago Icons Converge For Annual Frankie Knuckles Foundation Support

Sunday, 17 January sees Chicago’s Smartbar and Metro support the city’s prodigal son, Frankie Knuckles, with a building wide fundraiser supported the late house heroe’s foundation. The foundation, who’s aim is to “dedicated to the advancement of Frankie Knuckles’ mission as the global ambassador of house music through media, conservation and public events continuing and supporting the causes he advocated,” celebrates Knuckles’ 18 January birthday with the annual event. Many icons of House including David Morales, Louie Vega, Terry Hunter, Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini, and will be behind the decks all night. The event, titled: For Frankie, will also feature live performances by ... Read more

Classic Frankie Knuckles (And Others) Talks 1989 House Music [Video]

1989 may have seen a thriving electronic music underground but it was hardly a heyday for its media coverage. With that, the 1989 music documentary featured below, as aired by Canadian music network MuchMusic, was a very early look at the burgeoning scene. The 27 minute video features an extended interview with founding father Frankie Knuckles, as well as house music pioneers Todd Terry, CeCe Rogers, Ten City and Byron Stingly. Watch heavy bass, heavy drums, and tribal rhythms explained against a backdrop of everything from acid house to techno and the institutions that housed them. If this piece of ... Read more

Pete Tong Calls For Global Appreciation Of Electronic Music Legacy

Last Friday, 10 April 2015, veteran DJ and host of long-running dance music radio programme The Essential Mix (amongst others), Pete Tong, penned an interesting opinion editorial in Billboard magazine.  In it, Tong (writing for a primarily American audience) highlighted the rapid rise of Electronic Music, particularly within a “mainstream” acceptance context. With that, Tong also points out how the scene is quintessential toward the millennial generation’s accessibility to technology, digitization, and (perhaps, most importantly) global interconnectivity.  Furthermore, the question was raised: What will the newfound global popularity of Electronic Music ultimately leave behind, beyond simply the music and events? Pete ... Read more