Last week I posted a brief introduction to the world of House Music and its origins in Chicago warehouses. This week I would like to continue to present this topic in an attempt to uncover the origins of the massive anual Electronic Dance Music–or EDM for short–festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas or Tommorowland in Boom, Belgium. Even a brief look at these events shows hundreds of thousands of party goers enjoying days of pounding beats and and melodic synthesizers in a festival full of unity and cheer (not to mention the epic lights and lasers). However this was not always the face of the electronic music culture.
A major moment in the rise of Electronic music was the progression from Chicago’s house scene to the United Kingdom. The true beginning of the globalization of Chicago’s house music can be marked by a track from one of the Godfathers of House, Steve “Silk” Hurley. This track is “Jack Your Body,” a reference to the name of the dance associated with early all night dance parties in the underground Chicago House culture.
What made this track so relevant was the degree of its penetration into the UK pop scene. While House music had remained largely underground in the United States, “Jack Your Body” became the first Chicago House track to reach number one on the UK Pop charts in January of 1987. This moment marks the magnitude of the international reach of Electronic Music. The Godfathers of House toured throughout the United Kingdom later that year, an indication of the clear popularity of early Electronic Music in the UK.
Be sure to read after the break to learn how DJs in Europe embraced the Chicago house music to make it their own.