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The Birthplaces of Cultural Movements in Music Genres

In this article, we are going to examine the 10 venues which arouse the specific music genres Understanding of popular dance music styles is made up in minds and home

The Birthplaces of Cultural Movements in Music Genres
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  • PublishedMarch 8, 2021
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In this article, we are going to examine the 10 venues which arouse the specific music genres

Understanding of popular dance music styles is made up in minds and home studios, whereby, platforms were needed to spread these specific genres and make the movements ennoble. Genres like techno and grime found their way in radio waves and became popular through radio. However, dance music genres mostly flourished in nightclubs and raves. Because in these places the music is very distracting from human societies and its influence goes beyond the four walls.

In this new article, we have examined 10 venues, which are the starting points for 8 music genres to become cultural movements, and what happened in these venues.




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The Chicago production trio – DJ Pierre, DJ Spank Spank and Herb J – made a track in 1985 that used the dominant and fluid bass sounds of Roland 303 extensively and gave it to Ron Hardy to play on The Music Box. Ron Hardy performed the track four times in that night. Through DJ Pierre’s words, “The people were astonished at first, as ‘What is this?’. But they were fond of on the fourth play … ” The anonymous recording became known by the club’s attendants as ‘Ron Hardy’s Acid Track’. Later, when Phuture released the track via Trax Records in 1987, it was inspired by The Music Box community and named it ‘Acid Trax’.





Paul Oakenfold traveled to Ibiza in 1987 to celebrate his birthday with Trevor Fung, Danny Rampling, Nicky Holloway, Ian Saint Paul and Johnny Walker. At that time, when he listened to DJ Alfredo, who created an eclectic sound mix ranging from house to europop in Amnesia, his DJ perception changed forever. Returning to London, Oakenfold started a club night at the Project Club in Streatham and, as a result of his impressions from Ibiza, began playing sets known as balearic beats.





Started in 2001 at Velvet Rooms in Soho and later moved to Plastic People in Shoreditch, the night FWD >> flourished a new style of British dance music known as dubstep, pushing two-step garage items into darker, bass-laden areas, became the center of the movement. The party’s stars were included as Mala, Coki, Hatcha, Skream, Benga, Kode9 and Youngsta. The sets blew the minds of young participants (including the younger Ben UFO and Pearson Sound who met overnight and later founded Hessle Audio with Pangea) and developed the dubstep as a movement.




the gallery

During the 70s, disco music dominated New York clubs, and The Gallery resident DJ Nicky Siano emerged as the king of the scene. Mark Paul Simon, the promotion director of Casablanca Records, came to The Gallery booth in the summer of 1977 and gave an unpublished record to resident DJ Nicky Siano. Nicky listened through his headphones, liked what he heard, and added the record to his set. The track was “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder, and the club went wild. It is rarely does a crowd dance to a record so enthusiastically the first time they hear. Recalling what happened, “The venue just went crazy and I experienced a sound that would change club songs forever,” Siano recalled. When he refused to let him hold the record, he had Simon kicked out of the club. The production marked the birth of a new high-tempo disco style known as Hi-NRG, defined by staccato synth sequences and hi-hats.




the ware house scaled

Whether the House music as we know it was first played at The Warehouse, where Frankie Knuckles, the creator of the genre, was a resident DJ between 1977 and 1982, is a controversial issue. Nevertheless, the club is considered as the base for the birth of the movement. While Knuckles played at The Warehouse where he was a resident DJ, his collection was largely made up of records bought from the Importes Etc. record store in Chicago. So that, the record shop started advertising with the label “As heard in The Warehouse“, which later evolved into the term ‘house music’ to refer to Frankie’s selections. Although Knuckles mostly played disco recordings, he added extended inputs and outputs to the tracks to aid mixing, which contributed to the development of 4/4 house music.





Trance music is a global phenomenon that has spawned a number of sub-genres, including fast-paced psytrance. Psytrance was born out of the popularity of the goa trance genre. As Indian hippie parties became famous, organizers around the world began to organize goa-style parties in their homelands. Among them, Megatripolis parties, which transferred the psychedelic qualities of goa parties to their nights at Heaven club in London, gained an important place and created psytrance.





The combination of stylistic elements of techno and house, the dominant genres of dance music, was always inevitable to get around, and the producers began to combine the two in Detroit and Chicago in the mid-1980s. However, the impactful tech-house movement as we know it originally started in London in the 90s at the Wiggle parties of Terry Francis, Eddie Richards and Nathan Coles. The trio chose a hard, bass-driven, groove-driven sound with “a house orientation as well as techno elements” and appropriately inspired the emergence of tech-house music. Wiggle parties were held in illegal places such as warehouses and parking lots rather than licensed clubs.





Elephant and Castle is a historic pub that first opened in the 18th century and later gave its name to a whole area of London. It is also a historic place for the birth of UK Garage. Matt Jam Lamont was the resident DJ at the Happy Days rave that took place in the pub on Sunday mornings hoping to attract the crowd leaving the nearby Ministry of Sound in the early 90s. Lamont prepared the basics for UK Garage by speeding up and playing the dub versions of UK house tracks. Pub was threatened with closure after losing its license due to a violent fight in 2015. The Foxtons firm tried to turn the pub into a real estate agency, but the city council later granted the space protection status, and it is now a luxury craft brewery.


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