The State of House Music

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

By definition, House is a genre of electronic dance music characterized by a repetitive four-on-the-floor beat and a typical tempo of 120 to 130 beats per minute.

While house music is now heard in clubs from Melbourne to Moscow to Milwaukee, there is no question that its roots are firmly planted in Chicago.

After its Windy City birth in the 80s, thanks to the legendary Frankie Knuckles, house spread to cities across the world, sometimes breaking through to mainstream audiences in Europe and occasionally in the US.

The Future of house music is in the hands of breakthrough boutique labels like House of Huemans who In the last eight months, have gained the attention of the house music and dance community. With 7+ records on The Top 100 Beatport charts, eclectic performances, internationally and nationally, and collaborating with recognized artists such as Vikina, Blondish, Farruko, Pitbull, and Oscar G. The collective continues to captivate crowds with their organic sound.

The early days of house

The beat that inspired club owners in Chicago, was first brought to light by Chicago DJ Larry Levan, born Larry Martin in San Francisco on March 19, 1951. Larry Martin came of age with the introduction of rock music into his life in the late 60s. During this time, he was able to get a taste for clubbing at the iconic Black Cat club in San Francisco with his friends, the funk/soul band, The Experience.

This is where he met up with another jazz fan, Alice Coltrane, and formed the Black Sabbath All-Stars. They began jamming together and creating their own unique sound.

House music today

Today house music is as popular as ever. While mainstream media coverage has waned, both dance music and house are being recorded in droves across the globe. It’s for this reason that this video took place in Chicago, one of the most populous cities in the US and where the pioneers of house music made their bones. While the status of house music today is varied and strange, it’s true the genre isn’t dead or dying, it is evolving and evolving rapidly and becoming more relevant than ever.

The future of house music

At times, house music has suffered from a perceived elitism, often associated with the techno-dominated sound of Chicago. In fact, the genre has historically been the opposite. But while there have been more underground house music labels and artists popping up all over the world, the best are finding their homes in Miami, Chicago, L.A., and New York. With new energy and maturity, these cities are now hosting a plethora of thematic nights, starting with this year's City Music festival that took place June 17th and 18th.

While the City Music scene is in the early stages, it's a sound and energy that has captivated the city and the country. As the industry becomes saturated, House has come into its own and continues to produce exciting forward-thinking releases.