A HOME FOR EVERYONE
The genre known as House Music has developed into a culture that is exclusive to it's own. Agrueably moreso than any other music, House has spawned into a multitude of styles that appeals to the broadest audience of all music forms. It has erased regional, racial and gender boundries.
Ironically, this was accomplished without the assistance of the mainstream media. The culture of House, for the most part, remains where it started. The underground club scene.
House is an uptempo dance music that is almost completely electronic and it can be identified by the constant driving beat. It originated in Chicago in the early 1980's, but soon spread to other cities like Detroit, New York City, Newark and Baltimore where each would add their own elements to it.
Similiarly to the music, the term "House" itself is believed to have its origins with a club in Chicago called "The Warehouse", which was popular in the late 70's early 80's. Building off of the club scene of the Disco era, the majority of the crowd was comprised of Black and gay people. What separated The Warehouse from other clubs was the DJ. This where Frankie Knuckles became legendary. Referred to as the "Godfather of House Music", Frankie Knuckles may be as responsible for the founding of House Music than anyone.
Hailing from the Bronx, NY, Knuckles frequented clubs in Manhattan and took a NY style of mixing to Chicago. What many NY DJ's were doing is playing just the "Breaks" of certain records and extending that portion so heighten the reaction of the crowd. These classic Disco/R&B records and their breaks created the environment in Chicago that inspired producers to make songs that sounded like the constant sound Frankie Knuckles played.
One of the key components that can be found in House music is the inspirational and political messages that can be found in the lyrics. This, like House's predecessor, Disco and Classic R&B, made it appealing to the underclass of society. Those who lived in poverty and weren't a part of the mainstream society, found solice in the music. It became a source of joy and a way to escape the conditons they were in.
Currently, there are several different genres of Dance music that grew out of the culture of House, but those who are affectionately known as "House Heads", understand the difference and carry the awareness, that its more than just a form of music, it is a way of life. Enjoy the vibe.