Doug Brandt | Chicago Reader

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Re: “How Chicago house got its groove back

C'mon folks, let's play nice! With such a fantastically rich slice of Chicago's wide spectrum music history -- ALMOST all of which is COMPLETELY undocumented -- we have to stand up and give THANKS that our community still has relevance today. We're holding on by a string.

Sure, everyone wants to be mentioned, and personally I think that the Chosen Few ( and Andre Hatchett ( and Craig Loftis ( were all under-represented or missing completely. Same with Robert Williams, anyone from the Generator (hello, 90s!), Chip E... so many. And SO many, that there is no way they could have all been included in a single article for a local pub.

(Fortunately, we have House music's saviorette Czarina Mirani ( and the fine folks at 5 Magazine ( to devote all kinds of attention to our community each month.

All of us in the house community, regardless of our level of involvement in its evolution, share one thing in common: love. Okay maybe it's more than one thing; it's also about sharing, community, understanding, appreciation, diversity, and the like. So whenever the media throw House music some attention, let's THANK them for their effort and ADD rather than detract. Let's use these opportunities to share the knowledge and document our stories.

Instead of leaving negative, tarnishing comments about who was omitted or who did what or what happened when or where, let's take a moment to add to the mix. Let's commit to gently correcting those writers doing our jobs for us, joyously adding our stories and perspectives, and enthusiastically celebrating that our music is STILL alive... and that the BEST HOUSE MUSIC is not on the radio, but UNDERGROUND.

Doug Brandt

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Posted by Doug Brandt on 05/07/2012 at 9:07 AM

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    Chicago house music is the sound of global pop today. In the 90s, though, it was on life support—until a new wave of producers, including Cajmere and DJ Sneak, got the city doing the Percolator.
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