House Music – The Roots

Many people will know that house music has roots in 70’s soul and disco, and despite it’s popularity in clubs, disco is decisive and also has a lot of haters. Sad people that they are. 🙂

I’m old enough to remember both genres back in the day, being born in 1970 and radio was king, so yeah, there was a lot of music in our house growing up, plus being the youngest and having two older sisters, I was influenced by a lot of music. This is where my love of music comes from, and I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of people out there. Plus, who doesn’t like music?

Over the years I’ve watched a few videos here and there about music roots and mixing genres, but since taking a deep dive into learning to DJ, I’ve really spent a lot of time learning about house music roots. What follows is a great collection of videos that goes into this history in detail.

Of course there’s more than one documentary.


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Dylan Thomas, 1914 - 1953

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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About 🎧Daz The DJ🎧

I'm a 50 year old carer, looking after my elderly mentally handicapped uncle. Learning to DJ has given me a nice outlet. A little history: In Halifax in the 80’s there was a club called Crossleys Bar. It was based in Dean Clough and featured three distinct floors, now from memory, and bearing in mind this is nearly 35 years ago, it had three huge floors, one floor was for pop music, one for indie/rock and the third and by far the most popular was House Music. This was my first introduction to house, and that music could be mixed to create a seamless continuation. It blew my mind. There were a few cock-ups and the mix didn’t go too well, but 95% of the time, you could hardly tell the music was being mixed. I did work in the pub trade for a few years, this managed to put me very close to the DJ’s and what they do before the pubs opened and after they closed, but I never had much confidence and never dared ask for a demo or a quick lesson. Then also life got in the way. Roll on 35 years and here I am in November 2019 finally learning to do what they did in the mid 80’s. The truth is it’s easy to learn, though hard to master, but once you get the basics down the rest comes naturally through time and experience. And a lot of mistakes! A huge thank you to Crossfader in Leeds for making this new skill easy and intuitive to learn. Be warned though, the gear can get quite expensive, even the beginner stuff can set you back £500, but once you have it you won’t stop learning. I’ve spent… £250 on a DDJ 400, £180 on an XP1, £100 on speakers, £150 on headphones and a stand that was £20. That’s so far a whopping £620 and I now want a DDJ 1000 (<£1100).

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