“EDM” is a purely American phenomenon–an anomaly to most Europeans because it is actually the second wave of electronic dance music to hit the US. For Germans and Brits, for instance, there is only one house music. It was born in Chicago, enjoyed underground fame with moderate commercial success there, in NYC, Detroit, and across the states, and then exploded in Europe into a million tiny subgenres. New, post-2005 American “rave” culture sort of comes with an erasure of its origins, as if Skrillex and Deadmau5 had been incubating underground for 20 years and then just popped up like Godzilla at ULTRA one day to save a new generation of mid-western teens from pop punk. The set below may not make a lot of sense for this blog, but without its DJ (the legendary pioneer and “Godfather of House” Frankie Knuckles) PLURNT.NET might have never come to be. So much of club and rave music culture owes its life to Frankie Knuckles’ contributions, especially at the legendary Chicago “Warehouse” when house music didn’t even have a name yet. (Guess where the music got its name from).
It was with deep sadness that we learned that Frankie passed yesterday at the age of 59. He is in our thoughts and prayers.
We salute you, oh Godfather of House, and may you bask in the glory of your accomplishments and legacy. You have become immortal.
See Frankie’s most recent Boiler Room set below: