During the early 1980’s in Chicago & New York the sounds of Disco and R&B began to merge & create a totally new sound. This would eventually become known as House Music. The infectious sound soon filtered over to UK shores, mesmerising all those who listened. The first track to gain chart success within the UK was the 1987 Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley track, Jack Your Body. This reached No.1 in the UK Top 40 pop chart and made history as the first House track to do so.
1988/89 in the UK was regarded as the Summer of Love; the time when dance music exploded. DJs such as Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling and Carl Cox started bringing the Ibiza sound back to the clubs they played at in London, blowing the minds of the locals. Week in, week out, venues like the legendary Hacienda in Manchester, and London clubs like Shoom, Heaven, Future or Spectrum were packed, and began creating a new scene across the country.
By the early 90’s, house music was becoming more of an established sound in the mainstream but the underground still continued to thrive. Artists like U2, Maddonna & the Happy Mondays all incorporated the sound into their tracks.
Then in the 90’s the ‘superclub’ was born. Liverpool’s Cream & Ministry of Sound in London were opened and pushed their own sound. There was also a surge in the amount of dedicated clubbers visiting Ibiza, the mecca of dance music to millions worldwide. And the superclubs gave rise to the superstar DJs… Fat Boy Slim, Judge Jules, Sasha. These DJ’s were propelled to fame playing huge festivals, gigs & parties the world over.
So what had began as a very underground sound has now evolved into to something that is enjoyed globally by millions of people. Whether it’s the electro sounds of Justice, uplifting house provided by Hed Kandi or the harder edge techno sound from Richie Hawtin, one thing is for sure house music is here to stay.
Carl Cox was one of those founding DJs in the late 1980s during that Acid House revolution now globally called club culture, rave or just LIFE!!! One of Carl Cox's party tricks in 1988 was playing 3 record decks at one time and for a short period was known as Carl '3 Dex' Cox. Flash Forward to the 21st century and the man known as Carl Cox needs no introduction.
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