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Chicago’s Lollapalooza 2017 Lineup Features Zero House Music, Once Again

Lollapalooza’s 2017 lineup came out today and, surprise surprise, it contains zero house music acts.

Chicago’s role in the foundation of house music during the 1980s, and its subsequent influences on all other genres and sub-genres of electronic music since, is well known. A first descendent of disco, house music found its beginnings in Chicago, thanks to the iconic parties that featured the music of pioneers such as Frankie Knuckles, Leonard Remix RRoy, Chip E and of course Farley “Jackmaster” Funk. House music became popular in Chicago clubs in 1984, quickly spreading to other American cities such as Detroit, New York City, Baltimore, and Newark – all of which developed their own regional scenes. In the mid-to-late 1980s, house music became popular in Europe as well as major cities in South America, and Australia.

Yet, Chicago’s biggest music festival, Lollapalooza, fails year in and year out to feature any adequate amount of true house music, if any at all. Understandably several facets of rock music are represented en masse, as well as rap, hip-hop and pop and while the lineup does include some great Chicago artists, one of the city’s most recognized genres of music remains grossly underrepresented.

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Q&A and Global Vibe Radio Episode 047 feat. Golf Clap

We return to Global Vibe Radio with a live recording from Detroit duo Golf Clap.

The 47th installment of our podcast, which features global and local acts alike, was recorded live at Output Brooklyn in December of 2015. DJs, producers, founders of Country Club Disco and self-proclaimed after-party connoisseurs, Golf Clap have released on some of the most influential house labels in circulation, have a Boiler Room appearance under their belt and have graced the decks of some of the most celebrated nightclubs and festivals in the States.

Hugh Cleal and Bryan Jones discovered their love for house music in Chicago, later bringing it to Detroit where they now live. Thanks to their infectious and approachable personalities, hard work, talent and passion, Golf Clap have built a literal community of supporters throughout the country, as evidenced by the number of fans donning Club Country Disco merchandise everywhere they play.

We caught up with them last week ahead of shows at Spybar Chicago and Coda in Philadelphia.

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The Black Madonna Releases First Single On Her “We Still Believe” Label

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Fresh off of a fantastic 2016, arguably her best career year yet, The Black Madonna has just released the first single on her newly launched We Still Believe imprint.

“He Is The Voice I Hear” is Marea Stamper’s first original production release since 2013, a ten-minute track that oozes disco from every pore. Created with her studio partner Ruper Murray, “He Is The Voice I Hear” includes live instrumentals from Davide Rossi and Christoforo LaBarbera.

Although sold out on vinyl already, the release is available digitally. Referring to the single, Stamper said, “‘He Is The Voice I Hear’ is my first all new work since ‘Lady Of Sorrows.’ It’s been a long journey from there to here. I’m so thrilled to continue the story and finally realize my dream of bringing together an ensemble of live musicians.”

Enjoy it below:

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The Saunderson Brothers: The Detroit and Chicago Connection

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Dantiez and Damarii Saunderson, known together as The Saunderson Brothers, have a heavy family tradition to uphold when it comes to electronic music. Sons of legendary techno creator and house elevator Kevin Saunderson, the brothers have been heavily influenced by their father’s legacy as well as that of their home city of Detroit and its profound musical heritage.

Last year the duo put on an impressive performance at Movement Festival’s Made In Detroit stage, a well deserved gig that came hot in the heels of releases on KMS Records and a selection of high-profile remixes including a hot one for MK (Marc Kinchen).

Tonight they are performing in Chicago at Debonair Social Club for Obscure002, an event series put on by collective of music enthusiasts that aim to disrupt the city’s status quo by bringing a unique flavor of nightlife to Chicago. I talked with them briefly about the influence of both Chicago House and Detroit Techno, as well as their relationship with Chicago where they lived in the past.

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Humble Beginnings with Chuck Daniels

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Although Detroit is synonymous with techno, the Motor City has long held a deep connection with Chicago, the birthplace of house music. It is along the I-90 corridor that music has influenced some of the biggest artists to come out of both genres, with techno finding a home in the Windy City and house gaining respectful representation a four-hour drive due east in Detroit.

 

It is along this powerful connection that Chuck Daniels discovered himself as an artist. Despite deeply-seeded roots in Detroit, he found strong influence in the house sounds emanating from both Chicago and New York, rounding him into an artist able to select the ideal track from a vast palette of underground electronic sub-genres. Undoubtedly skilled, he went on to start his own “Sampled Detroit” imprint, a clear homage to the city he has continued to call home throughout his career. From promoting his own parties to guest appearances on support of high-caliber touring artists making their way through Detroit, Daniels’ own sets have elevated him to well-respected status among listeners and industry peers alike.

 

Thanks to long-standing and mutual appreciation, Daniels has enjoyed a working collaboration with Paxahau for several years now, and will be playing Movement for the fourth time this coming Memorial Day weekend with a prime-time late 5:45-7pm slot at the Opportunity Detroit stage. He is also scheduled to play alongside Danny Tenaglia at Populux for the Official Movement Pre-Party on Friday the 27th of May, and will be hosting his own Cosmic Disco Official After-Party on Saturday night. Hosted by his Sampled Detroit label, the latter will featured an impressive cast of guest artists including Kenny Glasgow, Daniel Bell, Doc Martin, Gene Farris, Andrés, as well as local up-and-coming artists such as Loren and Ryan Dahl. To conclude the weekend, he is also scheduled for a special back-to-back rooftop set with friend and fellow producer Oliver Dollar. You can find all party information on our Movement Party Guide.

 

We had the chance to sit down with Daniels to talk about his start in the scene and the road ahead. Check it out make sure to catch him in Detroit over Movement weekend!

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#TBT Series: Relive Some Of The Best Frankie Knuckles Moments Caught on Video

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The 31st of March is a special and bittersweet date for house music fans all over the world. I still remember exactly where I was in Chicago two years ago when the city and the world were hit with the heart-breaking news that Frankie Knuckles, The Godfather of House, had passed away due to complications linked to a diabetes conditions.

At first the date became symbol of loss, but it has since evolved to a day of celebration for the immense legacy Frankie has left behind. His contributions to the world of dance and electronic music span four decades. Frankie was born in the Bronx in New York City and later moved to Chicago, following his work with the influential Larry Levan – a childhood friend and fellow DJ. He played a pivotal role in the development and popularization of house music in Chicago in the late 70’s and early 80’s, his impact continuing right up until the sad day of his passing as a world-touring DJ and resident at the iconic Smart Bar Chicago.

When I had the immense luck of moving from Europe to the States to go to college, I chose Chicago. That choice allowed me to see Frankie work his magic behind the decks on several occasions, and to meet him after one of his performances too. We had drinks and star-struck, I thanked him for everything he did and how much his life had shaped mine. While I am sure he had heard those words countless of times before, he took the time to ask about me and encourage my curiosity and love for house and electronic music. Being in Chicago for his passing and its anniversary a year later was nothing short of touching. Our city mourned, but our city also celebrated his life the way we do best: with music. Thousands, old and young, of all races, gender, sexual orientations and socio-economic backgrounds united in front of the Chicago’s symbolic “Bean” in Millenium Park to pay homage to Frankie and the gift he gave us, an official tribute organized by the City of Chicago. It hit me that evening that even in his death, Frankie and house music continues and will forever continue to unite.


Last year, two special celebrations in Frankie’s honor were held at Gramaphone Records and Smart Bar Chicago, both broadcast by Boiler Room with music by The Black Madonna, Hyperactive, Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini, Gene Farris, Mike Dunn, Jamie 3:26, Andrew Emil, Alan King and Elbert Phillips. Energetic, electric, passionate and bustling with emotions, both events were both a tribute and a party in his honor. The poster from that day hangs in my living room and will forever be a part of my home.

While Frankie’s career certainly dates back to years that precede the advent of social media, cellphones and the easy access to video recordings, we are lucky enough to have several videos that immortalize who he was as a man  and artist. Herein, I have compiled some of the best Frankie Knuckle moments ever caught on video with the aim to provide a small glimpse into the dance floors  and lives he shaped across the years.

Frankie rose to international fame while a resident DJ at The Warehouse, where he mixed disco classics, unusual indie-label soul, some rock and European synth-disco in such a rare and unique way that a new genre was born: House, a shortening of the club’s name where it was founded. In 1986 Frankie went on to open Power House, his very own club in the city. Chicago-based filmmaker Phil Ranstrom was there for opening night, capturing the atmosphere and interviewing the Godfather himself.

The year was 1989 and illegal raves were in full bloom both Stateside and across the Atlantic in the United Kingdom. This video captures the power of Frankie’s music, as ravers dance to his timeless rework of “Your Love,” released in 1987 with Jamie Principle on vocals.

This special short interview sees DJ’s Frankie Knuckles, David Morales and Tony Humphries interviewed at The Underground Network in 1993.

This undated interview, possibly from the early to mid 90s, takes a look at Frankie’s world, the world of house music. It travels from Chicago, visiting iconic venues and Gramaphone Records where he shopped for music, to the big clubs in Ibiza that his legacy helped found.

Frankie remained an important part in Chicago’s house music scene. In this short 2005 video he played the Chicago SummerDance Series in Grant Park, a traveling DJ series organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

There is no doubt that Frankie remained as popular as ever both at home and overseas. In 2007 he performed as guest DJ at Exit Festival, held within the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia.

In early 2012 Frankie was in London to lecture alongside James Murphy for the Red Bull Music Academy. FACT TV had the pleasure of catching up with him at Red Bull’s South London studio for a two-part interview on inspiration, Philadelphia as a music mecca, and the importance of reading the liner notes.

On New Year’s Eve 2012 England’s Channel 4 held a House Party TV night which featured the Chicago legend. Soulful, groovy and as masterful as ever, it perfectly suited the welcoming of the new year for anyone watching and listening.

Next we fast forward to the 9th of May in 2013, when Frankie Knuckles headlined a stacked Boiler Room lineup with the likes of Mike Servito, House of House and Juan Maclean also performing. This NYC sixty-minute performance is quintessential Frankie Knuckles, blending elements of Chicago house with newer sounds in a way that only he could.

While these clips only provide a small look into Frankie’s world, they also serve as a reminder of the decades of influence and happiness he spread thanks to his music and infectious personality. He continues to touch the lives of millions every day, and will continue to do so for countless years to come.

Thank you #FKAlways.

 

Other articles in 6AM’s #TBT Series:

What Was It Like to Party in New York City in the Early 90’s?