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Deep House Music

Deep House music is one of the fastest growing genres. But whether you've recently entered its world or have been a long-time fan since the first creations of Larry Heard, you might find that what classifies as Deep House is a bit vague. This, however, is where you take the first steps towards learning all about Deep House music...
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Table Of Contents:
Deep House Music - A Brief History
Deep House Classics
Deep House Music- Characteristics
Deep House Music - Artists
Deep House Music - Labels
Deep House Music - Events/Festivals



Deep House Music - A brief history

The Deep House music of today is actually quite different from the first forms of Deep House. Originally, Deep House music emerged as a sub genre of House music in the '80s, fusing the core elements of Chicago House with Jazz, Funk, Soul, and even a bit of Gospel. The rise of electric pianos and synthesizers contributed to inception of Deep House as a genre, mainly because its warm and jazzy sounds played a major part in the few records that were - or could have been - labeled as Deep House.

The early days of Deep House comprised a lot of Chicago House producers gone rogue, trying to create something different and unusual. Several sources name the likes of Frankie Knuckles, Larry Heard, and Marshall Jefferson as the genre's pioneers, as each of them churned out at least a few Soul and Deep House flavored tunes next to a slew of dark club stompers.

Do keep in mind that the Deep House music of today is not (exactly) the same as the Deep House of the early '80s, even though they share a lot of characteristics and key elements. The genre has evolved and has adapted to the commercial trend most music seems to follow nowadays. This does not mean that you should enjoy it any less, though.

Deep House Classics

As far as Deep House Classics are concerned, opinions may vary... A LOT... This is because - as previously stated - the Deep House tunes from the '80s and '90s aren't exactly similar to the Deep House records of today. So instead, we'll just throw in a couple of timeless tunes from back in the days that might fit the description. That way, you can decide for yourselves whether it can be called Deep House or not.

Mr. Fingers - Mystery of Love (1985)
808 State - Pacific State (1989)
After Hours - Waterfall (1991)
Michael Watford - Holding On (1991)
Chez Damier - Can You Feel It (New York Dub) (1992)
Kerri Chandler - Atmosphere EP (1993)
Larry Heard - Burning (1994)
St Germain - Alabama Blues (1995)
Ron Trent - The Nature Of Retribution (1995)
Round Two - New Day (feat. Andy Caine) (Vocal Mix) (1995)

Deep House Music - Characteristics

Due to the genre evolving quite a lot in the past decade, a spot-on definition is lacking. In general, however, Deep House music is often labeled as a downtempo and more delicate rendition of House music. The genre focusses strongly on the atmosphere of a track and the warmth generated by its Soul and Jazz influences, with shuffling rhythms and - what else - a deep bass. Generally ranging from 110 BPM to 124 BPM, Deep House is quite often filled by emotional lyrics and rich vocal tones, well-suited for pop music feats and beach parties.

Deep House Music - Artists

As for the most prominent Deep House artists, we decided to focus on the most successful Deep House artist of TODAY. We might add another list of the Deep House pioneer of the 80's later. If you think we fell short in compiling this list, you can of course complain about it. But we'd rather see a comment below with your suggestions, so that we can adjust accordingly. Sharing is caring.

Andhim
Bolier
CALVO
Camelphat
Claptone
Deepend
De Hofnar
Felix Jaehn
Kygo
Lane 8
Lost Frequencies
Low Steppa
Martin Jensen
Matt Meler
MÖWE
Nicolas Haelg
Nora en Pure
Purple Disco Machine
Redondo
Robin Schulz
Sebastien
Sonny Fodera
Tube & Berger
Volkoder

Deep House Music - Labels

Below, you'll find a number of either dedicated Deep House labels or labels that regularly release Deep House.

Anjunadeep
Armada Deep
Aus Music
Black Butter Records
BOSO
Defected
DFTD
Diynamic
Enormous Tunes
Exploited
Get Physical Music
Innervisions
Kitball
Kompakt
Mother Records
Spinnin Deep
Suara
Subjekt Recordings
The Bearded Man
Toolroom Records
Yoshitoshi Recordings

Deep House Music - Events/Festivals

Due to its swift rise and the enormous growth of its fan base, Deep House music has become one of the leading sounds of today's Electronic Music party culture. More and more festivals and events jump the bandwagon, making it possible for Deep House to shed its 'underground' skin in favor of the bigger stages and festival grounds. Although quite a lot of people feel that Deep House music hasn't been the same ever since it shifted towards the more commercially viable side of music, it also brought tons of people together through the sheer size of its events. Five of the most imposing Deep House events or festivals are listed below...

BPM Festival

Having started the new year at Playa Del Carmen in Mexico, BPM festival is what some will lovingly refer to as Deep House paradise. And the best thing is, they wouldn't be exaggerating. The festival often reels in a number of beloved names in the underground scene. For example, Solomun, Joris Voorn, N’to, Luciano, Dixon, Carl Cox, and many more. The 2016 edition took place from January 8 till January 17, with a grand total exceeding the amount of fifty parties.

Sonar Festival

Sonar Festival in Barcelona is by far the best-known Deep House festival in this list. With big venues, inspiring conferences, and eye-opening seminars, Sonar is the year’s highlight of countless Deep House fans. Sonar harbors a broad range of DJs and live acts performing on label showcases and local parties. Mark the dates: June 16 - 18, 2016.

Parklife Festival

Another one of the great Deep House events is Parklife Festival in Manchester. The UK event is extensive to say the least, representing tons of different artists from Disclosure to Hot Since 82, and more. If you don't mind a bit of mainstream music mixed in with your beloved Deep House vibes, this festival is a must-attend. Parklife 2016 will take place somewhere in the first two weeks of June.

Dekmantel

Dekmantel is an up-and-coming Dutch Deep House festival with techno-based nuances. If you get excited by hearing the distinctive vibes of Nina Kraviz, Ben Klock and Ricardo Villalobos, you’ll be having the time of your life at the Amsterdam-based event. With four amazing stages, Dekmantel attracts fans from all around the world.

DGTL Festival

DGTL Festival 2015 is driven by another Dutch organization, touching down in Barcelona after two editions in Dutch capital Amsterdam. Between calling a former ship wharf their home and arranging for the likes of Maceo Plex, Paco Osuna, Ame, Joseph Capriatie and Dutch talent De Sluwe Vos to play for their massive fan base, there’s little else needed to explain why this Festival is so popular.

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