A History of House Music

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A History of House Music is a blog dedicated to exploring the origins and evolution of house music. From its roots in Chicago to its global reach today, we’ll trace the history of this genre and the people who have shaped it.

Origins of House Music

House music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in Chicago in the early 1980s. The name is derived from the city’s House nightclubs, which were early adopters of the music. House music was originally created by DJs and producers for the club’s dancefloor.


Chicago is the birthplace of house music. The first house track, “Burning Hot by Chip E”, was released in 1985. House music spread to other parts of the US and then to Europe in the late 80s and early 90s. London, Berlin, and Ibiza became hotspots for house music.


While the origins of house music can be traced back to Chicago, the genre truly found its footing in Detroit. House music in Detroit was deeply rooted in the African-American community and developed as a form of underground dance music that was played at secret Warehouse parties in Detroit’s inner city. The sound of Detroit house music is often characterized by a heavy use of synthetic drums, melodies, and basslines, as well as a sparse, minimalist approach to song structure.

The first Detroit house record was released in 1987 by brothers Derrick May and Juan Atkins under the name “Maurice Gilbert” on their label Metroplex. The track, entitled “No UFO’s,” is widely considered to be the first ever Detroit house track. The track featured a simple drum machine rhythm, a spacey synth line, and May’s groundbreaking use of Roland’s TB-303 bass synthesizer. “No UFO’s” would go on to become one of the most influential tracks in the history of electronic dance music, and its sound would come to define the sound of Detroit house music.

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Detroit house music began to gain popularity outside of the city’s underground club scene. The first wave of Detroit techno artists, including Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson, found success with a wider audience with their more melodic and accessible style of house music. These artists would go on to have a major influence on European techno and acid house scenes.

The Sound of House Music

House music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in Chicago in the early 1980s. The term “house” refers to the style of music, not the actual physical house. House music is characterized by a strong 4/4 beat and synthesizer-driven melodies. House music quickly spread to other parts of the world and became a global phenomenon.

House music is a combination of disco, electronic, and soul music

House music is a combination of disco, electronic, and soul music that was first popularized in Chicago in the 1980s. The name comes from the fact that it was often played in clubs called “house music clubs.” House music quickly spread to other cities with large African-American populations, such as Detroit, New York, and London. By the 1990s, house music had become a global phenomenon, with groups like The Prodigy and Fatboy Slim helping to popularize the genre.

House Music in the Mainstream

In the late 1980s, house music broke into the mainstream in the United Kingdom and United States. It was characterised by a repetitive four-on-the-floor beat and synthesised basslines. House music quickly became popular in nightclubs, and then in radio and television.

Daft Punk

Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo formed in 1993 by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. The duo achieved significant popularity in the late 1990s as part of the French house movement and had continuous success in the years following, combining elements of house with synth-pop. They are also known for their visual stylization and disguises associated with their music. The duo had muc…

David Guetta

David Guetta is a French DJ, songwriter, record producer and remixer who has sold over nine million albums and thirty million singles worldwide. In 2011, Guetta was voted as the number one DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll. In 2012, Billboard crowned “When Love Takes Over” as the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time.

Guetta’s debut album, Just a Little More Love, was released in 2002 and contained his most successful single at that time, “Just a Little More Love”, featuring American singer Chris Willis. The follow-up single from the album was “Love Don’t Let Me Go”. Neither of these songs were included in the North American version of the album.

In 2009, Guetta’s fourth studio album One Love was released. The album including the hit singles “When Love Takes Over” featuring Kelly Rowland, “Gettin’ Over You” featuring Chris Willis, Fergie and LMFAO, “Sexy Chick” featuring Akon and “Memories” featuring Kid Cudi. All four singles reached number-one in the United Kingdom becoming Guetta’s first number-one singles there as a lead artist.[1] One Love also reached top ten in several other countries including Australia (number three), Canada (number two), Germany (number seven), Ireland (number nine) and New Zealand (number six).

In 2010 he released Greatest Hits which went to number one on both France and Belgium’s Wallonia region charts and peaked at number three on French Albums Chart. The compilation included his previously release hits such as: “When Love Takes Over”, “Gettin’ Over You”, “Sexy Chick”, plus some new tracks like: “Toyfriend” featuring Wynter Gordon which became a top five hit in France;[2] another new song titled “[[File:Nothing but The Beat 2.0 – David Guetta Album Cover.png|thumb|230px|right|Cover art for Nothing but the Beat 2.0]]Another One Bites the Dust]” with Snoop Dogg which peaked at number two on Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart;[3] yet other new songs like “[[File:David Guetta feat Miley Cyrus – Tokyo Ghost Kisses Model David_Henrie_and_Miley_Cyrus_(4799222795).jpg |thumb|230px|right|David Guetta performing Tokyoghost kisses with Miley Cyrus]]Tokyoghost Kisses”] with Japanese model Rie Rasmussen;[4][5] “[[File:Marshmello Lollapalooza Brasil 2017 01 cropped 2.jpg |thumb|alt=A Marshmello Lollapalooza Brasil 2017 01 cropped 2 .jpg |230px|left |Marshmello performing at Lollapalooza Brasil 2017]]Boys & Girls]” with Will.I.Am;[6][7][8] “[[File:David Guetta Paris by Night Yann Garret 01 cropped 0 .jpg |thumb|230px|right |David Guetta during Paris by Night show]]This Ain’t a Love Song”; and finally “[[File:She Wolf Falling to Pieces (4848480933) DavidGuettaSia02 cropped 0 .jpg |thumb|230px |Sia Furler performing She Wolf (Falling to Pieces) with David Guetta at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy]]She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)” with Sia Furler which peaked at number eight on French Singles Chart.[9][10]

Following up his 2011 club smash Titanium feat Sia , Aloe Blacc , Afrojack , Nicki Minaj , Lil Wayne , Justin Bieber , Chris Brown , Flo Rida Skylar Grey Jason Derulo Monroe Dialects Tyga Craig David Usher Flo Rida Ne-Yo Madonna Madonna Justin Timberlake Will I Am Britney Spears Jessie J Nicki Minaj Lil Wayne will be featured on David Guettas forthcoming 2013 studio album along with Avicii Swedish House Mafia Madonna Timbaland Akon Snoop Dogg Tiesto Deadmau5 Pitbull Wiz Khalifa Chris Brown Bruno Mars Lil Wayne Usher Kanye West will .i.am Jennifer Lopez

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris is a Scottish DJ, record producer, songwriter, and actor. His debut studio album I Created Disco was released in 2007 and its follow-up, Ready for the Weekend (2009), reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. His third studio album, 18 Months (2012), featured the singles “Bounce”, “Feel So Close” and “Let’s Go”. Harris released his fourth studio album, Motion, in 2014. Its lead single “Under Control”, recorded with Alesso and Hurts, reached number three on the UK Singles Chart. The second single from the album was ” Prayer in C “, a cover version of French duo Lily Wood & The Prick’s song of the same name, which topped several international charts. Later in 2014 he collaborated with Ellie Goulding to record ” Outside “, which peaked at number two in the UK and became Harris’ sixth consecutive top 10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2015 after peaking at number nine in November 2014.

The Future of House Music

House music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in the Chicago club scene in the 1980s. The style is defined by a repetitive four-on-the-floor beat and often features syncopated basslines. House music quickly spread to other dance clubs around the world and became a popular genre of music. House music is still popular today and shows no signs of slowing down.

The rise of EDM

Since the early 2010s, EDM has been one of the fastest-growing genres in the world. In fact, between 2012 and 2018, the global EDM market grew from $6.9 billion to $10.3 billion. And it’s not just a passing fad — according to a report by Goldman Sachs, EDM could become a $20 billion industry by 2020.

So what’s driving this growth? One factor is the increasing popularity of electronic dance music festivals. These events have become massive spectacles, with some attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees. Another factor is the rise of streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, which make it easy for people to discover and listen to new music.

Of course, the popularity of EDM is also being driven by the increasing skills of DJs and producers. In the past, making electronic music was a complicated and expensive process that required expensive equipment and specialized knowledge. But now, thanks to advances in technology, anyone can create professional-sounding tracks using just a computer and some basic software. As a result, we’re seeing an explosion of creativity in the genre, with new artists emerging all the time.

What does the future hold for EDM? It’s hard to say for sure, but one thing is certain: this genre is here to stay.

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