House music's roots lie in the spontaneous combustion that was a handful of Chicago clubs in the early 1980s. In the days when clubs only needed one DJ, that DJ was in a position to make waves. And in a city where the clubs were usually soundtracked by jukeboxes, those waves could become a storm. In 1979, disco was pronounced dead by the media and it moved underground. Electronic music instruments and studio equipment had made their introduction and what I refer to as proto-house was born. The defining phase of house has its roots firmly in Chicago where DJ Frankie Knuckles had introduced New York styled clubbing and musical selection at the Warehouse. Cheap and small musical electronic equipment flooded the market. Instruments which made those old Trax records records we love. A footnote in house's history perhaps, but it is DJ Ron Hardy and his residency at the Music Box which are often associated with the rawer, sleazier sounds which would become house music. The eighties: While Electronic sounds had been in the European music scene since the mid to late seventies, the cheaper and more widely available Japanese electronic gear set off a musical revolution in Detroit, Chicago and New York. The music that this revolution set off was called techno, house or garage, depending in which of the previously mentioned cities you partied in. In the nineties, house is still the preferred name for a global style of music, like disco had been in the past, a catch-all phrase for a very eclectic style of music, centered around having a good time and most of all, having a great party. But it wasn't just American music laying the groundwork for house. European music, spanning English electronic pop like Gary Numan and Soft Cell, sparse German proto-techno by Kraftwerk, the more disco based sounds of Giorgio Moroder and Klein & MBO and Belgium's Telex were immensely popular in urban areas like New York and Chicago. Roy Davis Jr MP3s Masters At Work -- good set of links to contemporary house music. Categories in this cat are: --People (Bands_and_Artists) --Shopping (end-user selling of recordings, tickets, online music) --Radio (for house sites geared for audio or listening) --Magazines or E-zines --Festivals and Events --Record Labels --Clubs (both real-life venues and virtual communities) --History --Business (recording studios, business to business services) --Personal Homepages --Instruments (instruments which define the house genre)
Please only submit if you are a house band with a worldwide established audience. Otherwise, submit in the regional area you are active in and known in. Or submit in the general Arts/Music/Bands_and_Artists cat.

Sites that are not in English should be submitted to the appropriate category under World.

Bands and artists playing house music.
Please only submit if you are a house band with a worldwide established audience. Otherwise, submit in the regional area you are active in and known in. Or submit in the general Arts/Music/Bands_and_Artists cat.

Sites that are not in English should be submitted to the appropriate category under World.

The meaning of the word garage has slipped dramatically. But any definition will pretty quickly run into problems if you name a genre of music after a club [Larry Levan's Paradise Garage] which was known not for one style of music but for its wild eclecticism championed by one DJ. What we now call garage is music which has evolved from the more soulful, more gospel-inspired parts of disco and it owes its emergence to the taste-making of DJ Tony Humphries at his club Zanzibar in Newark, New Jersey. When, around 1997, some London DJs took the descendant of this music and latched it to some cavernous, half-tempo basslines, speed garage or UK garage or the London Sound was born. Just to make things even more complicated, this actually took its first steps thanks to records by New Jersey producer Todd Edwards and adopted New Yorker Armand Van Helden.
Please submit sites relating only to UK garage in this category. All styles of UK Garage are welcome here, but Speed Garage should be listed under Arts: Music: Styles: Dance: House: Garage:Speedgarage. More general forms of Garage (including US Garage) should be listed under Arts: Music: Styles: Dance: House: Garage.