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July is here and it is HOT! Along with the rise in temperature, this month brings new events to the scene here in Jax. Friday nights at The Coffee Grinder (9834 Old Baymeadows Rd.) DJ Albert Adkins and guests spin Deep and Progressive house. Catch me spinning there 07/08. Wednesday nights at Club Suite (4880 Big Island Dr, in the Town Center), in partnership with Redline Entertainment, bring Energy Wednesdays…the special shows this month include DJ Boris (Pacha, NYC) on 07/13, Cedric Gervais (Space, Miami) on 07/20 and BT on 07/27! Unwind every Sunday at the oceanfront patio of Club O (Jacksonville, Beach) for Sundaze. See Jacksonville’s best local talent serve up the tunes South Beach style.
This Saturday night, 07/09, I’ll be spinning along side Catharsis, Albert Adkins, Rob 69, Flux, Roger Lim and Phil G @ Walker’s Wine Bar (2692 Post St, Riverside) for Enclave. This is going to be one BIG party as we celebrate Catharsis’ Birthday. If you are in the area, this one is a must. You can also catch me spinning most weeknights (12A-2A EST) on JTV at www.justin.tv/jaxdjnapoleon. Until then..
Peace and Music.
By now, the movement known as House is gaining momentum with every record dropped on a slipmat. The sound, borne out of the sweaty, crowded dancefloors in New York, Detroit, and Chicago is fanning out across America, and the globe.
The irony of House is it was a music style that originated in America, heavily influenced by European music, that was heavily influenced by American music IN THE FIRST PLACE.
That ought to keep you up for a few nights trying to work that out…
House music is an odd bird. You can say where it may have started, but it always feels like it was just waiting for its time to emerge, as if it were always here to begin with. Just laying dormant beneath the veneer of cocaine and garish polyester.
Just like it had been with disco, those that exist at the margins of so-called polite society carried the torch. Black, Latino, and Gay influences abounded in House, and still do, right up to present day. The producers, the singers, the musicians, the dancers.
House also had a significant deeper meaning. With AIDS ravaging the community, House music was literally a sanctuary. It was the gospel for a forgotten tribe, the soundtrack for a misfit family. The Reagan/Thatcher years ushered in a new Puritanism. Its proponents and supporters preached that AIDS was “God’s revenge.”
House music provided an alternative message. Not without a sense of irony, House also borrowed heavily from gospel music. The call and response was lifted right out of Black American churches. When placed in juxtaposition with House, it fit seamlessly.
In a lot of ways, House music is a lot like Jeet Kune Do, the martial art developed by Bruce Lee. Yes, it is pretty badass, but that’s not quite, what I had in mind…
House music is a form without form. It can be whatever you want, and marries well with other forms and styles to create a new style. It adopts all kinds of instruments naturally.
Like a piano, for example…
In 1986, Marshall Jefferson was producing music and DJing in Chicago, like so many others. He came into contact with Larry Sherman, owner of Trax Records. He had an idea for a new House track, something completely different from the heavily synthesized, almost metronomic sound of most House at the time.
Jefferson wanted to breathe a little humanity back into the music.
He decided to use piano instead.
“Move Your Body” became the first House music track to use a piano, and the effect was seismic. People went mental for it. It became the House anthem. It seemed to perfectly encapsulate the joy of the music, and make a definitive social statement about the culture at the same time.
House music gonna set you free, indeed…
Meanwhile, similar things were happening across Lake Michigan, in Detroit, a city with it’s own storied musical legacy. The Midwest would prove to be the epicenter of a major musical revolution…
TO BE CONTINUED…
Oscar rolled through last night playing an interesting set. We heard everything from electro to dirty house to Snoop Dogg (La da da da daaaa) remixes. Hell, he even hinted at a little trance. The crowd was diggin’ it, but something tells me it wasn’t his normal Terrace (Space, Miami) stuff. He mixed all night using Traktor and the X1 Kontrol and did a lot of live remixes on the fly, looping and sampling tracks that we all knew. It was a good night…dance floor was full of sweaty, dance till you fall down type folks and I was one of them. Getting up early the next morning was pushed aside for the love of house. It’s what drives us.
No one is entirely sure who coined the the term “House.” No one is entirely sure when, or where it was first used.
What we do know is it’s here, and it ain’t going nowhere.
The past lessons of Disco, New Wave, Hi-NRG, were merging and converging in various cities. The irony is that the music of Europe, in the form of bands like Kraftwerk, Yazoo, Soft Cell, Bronski Beat, and Depeche Mode, hit the shores, naturally establishing a beachhead in New York. From there, visiting DJs spread out to Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Atlanta and Miami. These songs found their way into the crates alongside Latin dance music and Italo disco. The DJs?
Larry Levan, Junior Vasquez, Frankie Knuckles, Tom Moulton, Farley Jackmaster Funk, among many others were spinning in clubs, but more importantly, they were engineers and mixers at recording studios. Well versed in the arts of making dance records, they took those finely honed talents, along with the now affordable and available synthesizers and drum machines, like the Roland 808 (as in 808 State), these DJs and studio technicians were at the centre of an all too perfect storm.
As I previously stated, this is where things get fun, but tricky. Depending on who you would ask, there are several origins that describe how House gained its moniker.
Story #1: The Warehouse in Chicago. What Mecca is to a Muslim pilgrim, the Warehouse is to House music connoisseurs. Frankie Knuckles is probably its most famous alumnus, but many of the first generation DJs have blessed the decks at one time or another. When the downtown clubs resegregated, Black, Latino, and gay clubbers found a home at the Warehouse, where the DJs would spin their home recorded dance tracks. Eventually they would manage to get a mass pressing of vinyl distributed. It would go on to be known as “Warehouse Music,” which eventually was shorthanded to…(drum roll, please!) House Music.
Story #2: South Side Chicago DJ Leonard “Remix” Roy worked old soul and R&B records into his sets. He acquired many of the records from his mother’s house, hence the term.
Story #3: Clubs in major cities always had at least one DJ who was not just playing records, they were also making records that would be, for the most part, played in that club only. Like the “house” wine or salad dressing, they would have music synonymous with that club or house.
Story # 4 : DJ Larry Heard believes the term was coined from the fact that many of the early pioneers recorded the tracks at home.
Maybe only one of them is true. Maybe none of them. I like to think they all happened around the same time. Like a virus, the idea grew and spread, until it became a concept, then a movement.
So, what was the first track?
Again, it’s tricky. Elements of house were forming as far back as 1980. Hi-NRG had some of the major components, but it was still just a diamond in the rough. Italo Disco was close, but still, no cigar. Jesse Saunders essentially laid down the true blueprint in 1984 with “On And On.” It is to house music what the wheel was to transportation.
There were others released at the same time as “On And On,” but none with as much impact.
Then a fella by the name of Marshall Jefferson came along, and changed the game….
TO BE CONTINUED…..
The scene here in sunny Jacksonville, FL is somewhat of a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs. As a DJ, I have been familiar with the goings on in the EDM crowd for the last 10 years. During the peak years of ’05-’08, the River City saw big names like Paul van Dyk, Gabriel and Dresden (thank God they’re touring together again), Sandra Collins, BT, James Holden, Satoshi Tomiie, ok, you get it. Those were great years full of great shows. Granted, these shows weren’t going on in arenas or outdoor grounds large enough for a small town, but they did go on in small clubs and I was more than happy to go.
After ’08, I found myself having to drive to Orlando, Tampa and Miami to catch a “good” act. Lengthy drives for, if I was lucky, a 3 hour set. Don’t get me wrong, the local talent is great. Jacksonville’s own have always been at it. In coffee shops, lofts and just recently, oceanfront patios, the local stars pump out their House genre of choice. The same loyal crowds listen and dance their hearts out. It is great to see, as I am usually right there with them.
In short, the scene seems to be back on the incline part of the track…..recent shows like Sander Kleinenberg and Kimball Collins, a veteran of the FL scene, have swept through SUITE, a venue who has decided to step up and give us some much needed weekly Wednesday night HOUSE. Coming up are Oscar G, Cedric Gervais and BT. You can also catch Jacksonville’s best playing oceanfront every Sunday @ Club O in Jax Beach. More to come!
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I blame Giorgio Moroder for all of this….
He got this wild notion in his head for Disco to sound like some space-age symphony. While everyone else was rushing to put whole orchestras on a record, the half-German, half-Italian producer went light years in the opposite direction and created an orchestra of one.
Thus Euro-Disco is born. Euro-Disco would then merge with punk and voilà, you have New Wave!
Ideas are a lot like the common cold. Once it infects others, it spreads fast. Pretty soon, everybody’s got it. That also explains some of the appalling fashion trends of the Eighties.
Disco never died. It certainly didn’t die in Chicago in 1979. Like any popular fad, it lost public interest and stayed with the people who truly cared about it. Disco was just another name for something to dance to. To that end, it then became Hi-NRG. Not much of a name. Think of it as a cultural place holder.
The pieces were slowly falling into place, though. R&B and Disco permanently bonded. D-Train came out of Brooklyn with the same drive as the subway line. You’re The One For Me wasn’t House in the purest sense, but the blueprint had been established.
As a coastal city, New York was absorbing sounds brought over from visitors and its resident club DJs making record buying forays to Europe. Heavily synthesized Italian disco fit in perfectly with the American R&B dance music. Add the Latin Influence of Salsa and Merengue music, along with powerhouse female vocalists like Jocelyn Brown, Gloria Gaynor, and Martha Wash…
You see where this is heading, don’t you?
Each music form fed of the other, influencing, imitating, and replicating, like some mutated musical fetus. A beautiful, mutated, musical fetus.
Arthur Baker was a DJ and producer from Boston who soaked up the hip and electro coming out of New York. He’d been there with Afrika Bambatta, and he made the acquaintance of three young men from Manchester who were still reeling from the loss of their lead singer. He took their lyrics and set it to a four on the floor beat.
Tell me now, how should I feel…
Actually, Baker lifted the hook from another NY producer, Bobby O, better known as Bobby Orlando. Bobby O and Arthur Baker are to house what Little Richard and Elvis were to Rock. Both men were originators and innovators. Bobby O didn’t gain as much notice because most of music was unapologetically for the gay crowd. Nevertheless, he put out music at a rate that would have scared Prince.
But all wasn’t joy in the Eighties.
AIDS was claiming a vast cross section of the people within the creative scene. Paranoia over the disease, coupled with the one-two combo of Reagan and Thatcher ushered in a new Puritanical Age. “Do It ‘Til You’re Satisfied” was replaced with “Just Say No.”
Now, here’s where things get a bit tricky…Fun, but tricky…
Swedish House Mafia checked into their Masquerade Motel with a sensational opening at Pacha!
As one of the first to arrive at the opening of Swedish House Mafia’s Masquerade Motel at Pacha, I got a chance to see the club in all its glory as it slowly filled up. By 1.30am the dance floor was heaving with a mixture of die-hard SHM fans, rich and glam Pacha VIPs and house hungry revellers.
Pacha’s grand entrance, high ceilings and antique aesthetics perfectly suited the SHM second stint at their Masquerade motel theme. Just like last year their personalised SHM chandelier hung with pride from the centre of the ceiling, which, alongside a glass wall platform in the main room, added to the ostentatious theme and also created an air of mystery as to what it was there for.
Pacha Resident of nine years Andy Baxter had the challenge of warming up the night with a two hour set and although the upper level and terrace were busy with the early birds the main room was still pretty quiet and chilled yet he provided a strong set with a mixture of deep tech house to more uplifting house tunes with some Spanish flavour.
Now by this point I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of Swedish House Mafia especially after catching them at their pre party set at Mambo earlier in the evening, where their feel good vibe had already begun. With 2 hours to go until the infamous trio began their fourth season in Ibiza, Pacha needed to pull something special out of the bag to control the crowd’s excitement, and they did…
Up stepped Alesso, who Sebastian Ingrosso has pioneered under his own record label ‘Refune’, The crowds hands immediately went in the air as the slightly nervous 18 year old gave what seemed to be the set of his career and remixed classics such as ‘Roxanne’ by Sting and The Police. Mainly smashing out progressive tech house from the speakers the Swedish rising star made it clear the party had began.
4am had arrived and Swedish House Mafia finally entered the booth, and although they were worth the wait, four hours was a long time to be counting down the seconds. Now the main room’s hysteria reached a new high with the trio introducing themselves and opening their residency, which will be at Pacha until 26thSeptember.
With the huge success of their debut album ´Until One´, documentary and 2010 Ibiza season, SHM have a huge fan base and high expectations to live up to, and it was obvious from the start that they love what they do and were as psyched as we were to be checking into the Masquerade Motel.
Influenced by Daft Punk at the start of their career they once again showed their love for the French duo by dropping One More Time and Around the World. Also, keeping with the current charts they mixed Adele’s ‘Rolling in the deep’ and even pulled out a performance of their newest release ‘Save the world’ with a live PA from vocalist Paul Martin. With each track played creating a surge of frenzy through the crowd, their set simply got better as the night went on. Similar to last year there was confetti, horns, explosions and flame throwing and rather scary (perhaps sexy to some) dancers, all of which mostly took place in the DJ booth. The trio even took the time to read people’s messages on their phones and take picture of themselves with their cameras.
The positioning of the DJ booth added to the parties intimate feel and made the whole night feel like a private event. Admittedly their popularity has its downside as it took sheer determination to get to the bar, the toilet or anywhere else. But SHM didn´t disappoint as they wowed the crowd with´Teenage Crime´, ´Rise´, ´Miami to Ibiza´, ´One´ and ´Leave the World Behind’.
You can pre-order your tickets now online at http://www.ticketsdisco.com/ ! See you there party people!!!!
Here’s the full line up (subject to change) for the summer 2011 season :
06 JUN | Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso
13 JUN | Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Third Party, SPECIAL GUEST Tinie Tempah
20 JUN | Sebastian Ingrosso, STEVE ANGELLO, ARNO COST
27 JUN | AN21, Max Vangeli, KIM FAI – PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS
04 JUL | Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso
11 JUL | Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Calvin Harris, Alex Metric
18 JUL | Axwell, Steve Angello, Dirty South, Third Party
25 JUL | Sebastian Ingrosso, AXWELL, Benny Benassi, David Tort
01 AUG | Steve Angello, AXWELL, Sebastian Ingrosso, AN21, Max Vangeli
08 AUG | Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Norman Doray
15 AUG | Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, Steve Angello, Thomas Gold
22 AUG | Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Armand Van Helden, Third Party
29 AUG | Axwell, Steve Angello, Dirty South, AN21, SPECIAL GUEST Example
05 SEP | Sebastian Ingrosso, AXWELL, A-Trak
12 SEP | Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, NORMAN DORAY
19 SEP | Sebastian INGROSSO, AXWELL, Benny Benassi
26 SEP | Steve Angello, SEBASTIAN INGROSSO, AXWELL
Now in it’s 12th season Judgment Sundays has become an institution in Ibiza. Taking place at Eden, San Antonio’s biggest super club, it is one of Ibiza’s busiest and most notorious nights. Beginning June 5th with a sixteen week run until the closing party on September 18th, the walls of Eden will be filled with an all star lineup and a packed crowd dancing until the early hours of the morning.
Judgement Sundays will be headlined by none other than the Ibiza icon himself Judge Jules in the main room with some of trance’s biggest names alongside such as Sander van Doorn, Eddie Halliwell, Cosmic Gate, Richard Durand, Marco V, Simon Patterson. Legends John O’Callagan and Ferry Corsten also return in 2011. Woody Van Eyden & Alex M.O.R.P.H. will also be featured, bringing with them Germany’s #1 electronic music station Sunshine Radio; broadcasting live from Ibiza. Judgement Sundays also continues to showcase new talent with sets from breakout artists Jordan Suckley, Mat Zo, and Arty as well as the world’s #1 female DJ Claudia Cazacu.
In addition to a stellar lineup in the main room, the theme continues in the second room with regulars Micky Slim, Alex Ellenger, Tristan Ingram, Krafty Kuts and JS favorite Howard Donald. Other names stacking up the line ups include talented pairing The Squatters, The Gallery’s Gavyn Mytchel, Dumb Blonde, Jonty Skruff, Tom Koenig, plus dubstep’s youngest sensation Jacob Plant.
New to Judgement Sundays in 2011 is the “Dub n Bass” theme in the third room, which is one of the only places in Ibiza you can hear a collision of dubstep and drum n bass with a unique Ibiza spin.