Tony Garcia | Chicago Reader

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Re: “How Chicago house got its groove back

Derrick Carter speaks of truth and yes, there are quite a few misunderstandings in this article. A great read, however when it comes to Chicago House it definitely has its own roots and it will never be copied. House Music has evolved. Chicago House music still has its roots and it lies in small lounges and clubs and a few people still present them.
And as Derrick communicated roots of the music lie heavily in the Black and Latino gay clubs around the city.
"Chicago house music is the sound of global pop today." This is completely wrong.
When I was with E-System, this was never our goal was to make the current sound of Chicago House to be lost or evolve. It was a different sound that we were presenting, which was a techno sound from Europe and also the Detroit sound which was much different from what Chicago normally hears.
Our Raves was catered to a different audience. Later House music was slowly brought into raves and that is because it sounded good with the lights and the lasers and such.
Yes, the amount of people from each event grew because we just partnered up with the right venues that would allow us to have an event in a raw loft/warehouse space that could fit up to 2500 people or so. And doing Afterhours at the venues that Justin Long spoke of on Milwaukee Ave. (1355 & 1435).
We paid the price with being fined and even thrown in jail for a night.
Chicago House Music and the Chicago Raves were two different entities.
I may have been a rave promoter, but my roots is a Chicago House DJ from the late 80's to the 90's just like Derrick Carter and many who are noted in this article. - Tony Garcia

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Posted by Tony Garcia on 05/04/2012 at 12:41 AM

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