Tribute to the House Legend: Frankie Knuckles
|Datum:||vrijdag 18 april 2014|
|Plaats:||Amsterdam - Nederland|
|Leeftijd:||vanaf 18 jaar|
The Amsterdam dance community comes together to pay tribute to the Godfather of House – Frankie Knuckles. The tribute is organised by Laughing Buddha Agency with the support of an A-list of Dj’s from Amsterdam and New York.
Knuckles died Monday March 31 at the age of 59. Knuckles developed the sound and culture of house music, Knuckles would go on to mix records by major artists such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode.
Knuckles learned his craft as a club DJ in New York City, then moved to Chicago in the late ‘70s and developed a reputation as one of the city’s most influential dance-music tastemakers. ”
Knuckles was mentored by the renowned DJ Larry Levan in the early ‘70s while in New York.
He brought that knowledge west with him to Chicago, where he became known as “the godfather of Chicago house music” at the Warehouse and later the Power Plant. He would extend mixes of soul and R&B records and turn them into dance tracks, introduce new singles being produced by fledgling house artists and incorporate drum machines to emphasize the beat. In addition to building dynamic ebb-and-flow sets that would keep his dancefloor filled from midnight to noon on weekends, he would create theater-of-the-mind scenarios with inventive sound and lighting. “Sometimes I’d shut down all the lights and set up a record where it would sound like a speeding train was about to crash into the club. People would lose their minds.”
Knuckles was primarily known as a DJ, but he also played a key role as a tastemaker, de facto talent scout and producer. Knuckles bought his first drum machine from a young Derrick May, one of the founders of techno music, who regularly made the trip from Detroit to see Knuckles at the Warehouse. Knuckles also had a musical partnership with Chicago artist Jamie Principle, and helped put “Your Love” and “Baby Wants to Ride” out on vinyl after these tunes had been regulars on his reel-to-reel player at the Warehouse. He also produced the house classic “Tears” with Robert Owens (of Fingers, Inc.).
Knuckles once reflected on house music’s reputation as a soundtrack for hedonism, though much of the dance music he loved had a melancholy flavor, a yearning that evoked gospel and soul. He championed house music that wasn’t just about rhythm, but that embraced humanism and dignified struggle. It was in keeping with his belief that the dancefloor was a safe haven for the gay, African-American and Hispanic communities that first embraced him.
“God has a place on the dancefloor,” he once told the Tribune. “We wouldn’t have all the things we have if it wasn’t for God. We wouldn’t have the one thing that keeps us sane – music. It’s the one thing that calms people down.
“Even when they’re hopping up and down in a frenzy on the dancefloor, it still has their spirits calm because they’re concentrating on having a good time, loving the music, as opposed to thinking about something negative. I think dancing is one of the best things anyone can do for themselves. And it doesn’t cost anything.”
Line-up: Frank Lamboy (7 Star Music, USA)
Paradise Express (Mr. Malenka & ShowBizLiz)
Grumpy Ol’ Men
Eric de Man (Muscle Farm)
Risk Sound System
Phil Horneman (Wicked Jazz Sounds)
Miss Bunty (TBC)
VJ: VJ Moi
Tickets €10. You can buy your presale tickets here.