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History of Drum and Bass.

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History of Drum and Bass Dance music now is like a bag of candy, once you split the bag open there are so many segments to choose from that you don't know where to start first. Whether you are into Jungle, Garage, Techno or Hardcore. It all has on thing in common and that is House music. House music became big and blew up all over Chicago around 1985. DJ Frankie Knuckles was one of the early pioneers in this new form of music. While playing at a club called the warehouse he would experiment with soul and disco tunes by laying down a drum machine generated 4/4 beat on top of them. " The Chicago cats love this new sound" house music was not born. DJ Frankie was responsible for the all time classic "Tears" (FFRR Records 1989). House music was still a small infant that needed to have a lot of love and special attention to help it grow. Now more and more DJ's and producers were taking the studios and starting their own interpretations of this new great sound. There was an abundance of new tracks being played all over the Chicago clubs. The new sound of house then started to crawl it's way to other cities in America and in 1986 took it's way to other cities all over the US and started to take some baby steps across seas to the shores of the UK. ...read more.


Tickets for these events became very expensive and Shut Up And Dance Records release "20 Pounds To Get In" knocking the promoters for charging so much to get into a party. During 1990-1992 the urban youth became alarmed listening to formula house music and garage music. Looking to take music into a new direction they began using double speed hip-hop breaks and samples from all types of sources including films, Soul and Reggae music and even Soap Opera's to produce a wholly British sound called breakbeat. Early record labels producing this style of music were Shut Up And Dance Records, Warp, and were produced by DJ Hype. Gradually the sampling craze got out of hand with anyone and every ones grandmother being sampled if she said something funny. Big parties were now happening on a regular basis up and down the country with some having attendance's of over 20,000. After the bandwagon jumpers had abandoned the commercial sound in late 1992 the Rave scene went back to the underground scenes as breakbeat producers experimented more, there was a split in the music with breakbeat being split into hardcore and Jungle. Pirate radio station flourished as more and more people discovered hardcore and Jungle, they wanted to listen to it all the time. ...read more.


When the DJ would drop the cut everyone would explode and flash their lighters and jump in the air and yell for the MC to request a rewind from the DJ. By the mid 1995 the Ragga influence had all but disappeared and it was the bass lines that made a tune work. Major players were Alec Reece from Formation Records, Moving Shadow and Reinforced Records. By 1996 Jungle music had split into sub-genres of Jump up, Intelligent, Darkside and Hardstep, but with the umbrella name of Jungle Drum N' Bass. Drum N' Bass is now one of the most innovative forms of dance music to be created, the music press have now fully embraced the scene and artist such as Goldie, and LTJ Bukem have taken music to a more mature crowed with their Metalheadz Label. The most popular style of Drum N' Bass still remains Jump up or Hardstep. But a return to the dark tunes of 1993 has been witnessed with this new style being labeled Techstep .Words cannot explain Drum N' Bass, to truly understand why so many people live for the break and the deep sub-bass culture you must hear the music and feel the bass hit you. When you can't stop dancing to the breakbeat you'll suddenly understand what drum and bass freaks and Junglist live for. ...read more.

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