NYC’s Underground House Music Scene

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The underground house music scene in NYC is thriving. This blog will keep you up to date on the latest events, DJs, and venues.

The Birth of House Music

House music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in Chicago in the early 1980s. It was initially popularized by African-American and Latino DJs who created a style of music that was inspired by disco, soul, and funk. House music quickly became popular in clubs and soon spread to other cities, including New York City.

Where it all began

House music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in Chicago in the early 1980s. House is a style of 4/4 dance music characterized by a repetitive four-on-the-floor beat and a typical tempo of 120 to 130 beats per minute. There are many subgenres of house, such as acid house, deep house and tech house.

The first use of the word “house” in reference to electronic music was in 1985, on the track “Playboy” by Chicago DJ Jesse Saunders. By 1986, a new wave of Chicago DJs had started playing house music in clubs like the Warehouse and Music Box, and the sound soon spread to other U.S. cities like Detroit, New York and Boston.

In 1987, acid house appeared on the scene with tracks like Phuture’s “Acid Tracks.” This new style combined elements of Chicago house with the newly emerging acid techno sound from Detroit. Acid house quickly became popular in Europe, particularly in the UK, where it gave birth to the rave culture of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In the 1990s, house music continued to evolve with the rise of new subgenres like progressive house, tribal house and minimal techno. Today, house music is enjoyed all over the world by clubgoers and partygoers alike.

The first house music tracks

The very first house music tracks were created in the early 1980s in Chicago. DJs such as Frankie Knuckles, Marshall Jefferson and Larry Levan were influenced by disco, soul and electronic dance music to create a new sound that would soon take the world by storm. House music quickly spread from Chicago to other US cities such as New York, Detroit and Los Angeles. In the UK, house music was adopted by the rave and club scene, giving birth to acid house and eventually leading to the global phenomenon that is today known as EDM (electronic dance music).

The Evolution of House Music

House music has been around since the early 1980s, and it has evolved significantly since then. The original house music sound was created by DJs who were experimenting with new ways to mix music. They took elements of disco, soul, and electronic music, and created a new genre that was perfect for dancing. Today, house music is still evolving, and it continues to be one of the most popular genres in the world.

Early influences

In the late 1970s, disco music was on the decline in the United States. New York City was one of the hot spots of this new underground sound, which would eventually come to be known as house music. The late

The rise of electronic dance music

Since the early 1990s, electronic dance music (EDM) has been on the rise, slowly but surely infiltrating mainstream culture. With its origins in underground clubs and warehouses, EDM has become one of the most popular genres of music in the world.

There are many different subgenres of EDM, but the two most popular are house and techno. House music is characterized by a 4/4 beat and often features a “groovy” bassline. Techno, on the other hand, is often faster-paced and more experimental, with a focus on abstraction and atmosphere.

The rise of EDM can be traced back to the 1980s, when DJs started using electronic equipment to create new sounds. In the early 1990s, Chicago’s house music scene exploded onto the national stage, thanks in part to DJ mix tapes that were circulated around the country. By the mid-1990s, EDM was being played at major clubs and festivals all over the world.

Today, EDM is more popular than ever before. Thanks to social media and streaming services, it’s easier than ever for artists to reach a global audience. And with festivals like Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland becoming increasingly popular, it’s clear that EDM is here to stay.

The House Music Scene Today

House music has come a long way since its origins in the underground clubs of NYC. What was once a niche genre enjoyed by only a few diehard fans has now become a mainstream phenomenon. Today, house music is enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds. Thanks to the internet, anyone can be a house music fan.

The sound of today’s house music

The sound of today’s house music has evolved significantly from its origins in the 1980s. Early house music was heavily influenced by disco, with a focus on repetitive beats and simple melodies. Today, house music is much more diverse, with elements of techno, soul, and even pop often present in tracks. The result is a genre that is both danceable and intellectually stimulating, appealing to a wide range of listeners.

The people of the scene

The people of the house music scene are a diverse bunch, coming from all walks of life. However, they all share a common love for the music and the culture that surrounds it.

Many of the people in the scene are involved in the music industry in some way, whether they are DJs, producers, or promoters. Others are simply fans who love to dance and listen to the music.

Regardless of their background, all of the people in the scene share a passion for the music and a desire to have a good time.

The venues

In the 90s, the house music scene in NYC was vibrant and thriving. There were large warehouse parties that went on all night, and clubs that were dedicated to playing house music. However, today the scene is very different. The clubs have all closed down, and the only way to experience house music is at small underground parties.

The venues for these parties are often hidden away in non-descript buildings, and the locations are only announced last minute. This is done to avoid police shutdowns, as these parties are technically illegal. Even though they are illegal, they are still very popular, and people will often travel from out of town to attend them.

If you want to experience the house music scene in NYC, you will need to be prepared for a bit of a scavenger hunt. But it will be worth it when you finally find that hidden gem of a party and dance the night away.

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