What is Deep House?

What is Deep House?

Deep House is one of the many subgenres that fall under the EDM umbrella, with origins as far back as the late 1980s in Chicago, USA. Although its heyday was between 1993 and 1995, when artists like Fingers Inc., Mr. Fingers, and Farley Jackmaster Funk were producing at the peak of their popularity, this genre still sees some production by popular DJs such as Malaa, Tchami, Rufus Du Sol, Lane 8 and Gorgon City (the latter of which is associated with Big Room House).

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History


A subgenre of EDM that originated in Chicago, first came to fruition in 1985 when musician/producer Larry Heard‘s collaboration with fellow artist Robert Owens yielded their trackCan You Feel It.” The song became known as one of the most important releases and set a precedent for tracks that followed. While there are some artists who claim to have been influenced by dub music and reggae, it was Heard‘s take on these genres that helped define what this genre would become. This genre has since grown into an amalgamation of different styles.

Subgenres


This genre has come to have many subgenres due to its long evolution. The main subgenres are Progressive and Tech-House. Tech House can be broken down further into Deep Techno, Minimal, Hard-Techno, and Techno, while the Progressive Deep House is more commonly known as Progressive House or Tech-House.


Tchami, Malaa, Rufus Du Sol, Lane 8 and Gorgon City. It’s also worth noting that Deep House isn’t just a genre—it’s an umbrella term for several subgenres (many of which have their own distinct fanbases). They include Deep Progressive House, Detroit Techno House, and Deep Tech House. In short, if you want to explore more about this genre there are dozens of different directions you can take it in!

Where To Hear


Just like every other genre, you’ll find these events scattered all over North America, South America and Europe. In major metropolitan areas like Miami, Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto and right here in Denver – you’ll find tons of events featuring Deep House artists. Further, there are many festivals to travel to including Ultra Miami and EDC Las Vegas to hear this genre.

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The Top 5 Music Festivals To Attend In Belgium

The music festival scene in Belgium has never been better, with many large and small festivals taking place throughout the country all year round, including some of the best-known music festivals in Europe to travel to. Here are the top five music festivals in Belgium based on variety, performances, and atmosphere.

1) Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is one of Europe’s biggest festivals. It takes place on a piece of land called De Schorre. This festival attracts 350,000 people every year, with attendees from over 170 countries. Artists that have performed at Tomorrowland include San Holo, Tchami, Alison Wonderland, and Excision.

2) Groezrock

Groezrock is a Belgian rock festival taking place annually. Launched in 1999, it was traditionally held on Pentecost weekend at Spoor Noord in Meerhout (Limburg). In 2013 and 2014, Groezrock was also held on Pentecost weekend at Antwerp Sportpaleis. The festival has seven stages and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year.

3) Pukkelpop

Pukkelpop began in 1985 and is now one of Europe’s premier festivals. It attracts over 70,000 people each year. The festival lasts for three days, and it has more than 200 bands performing each year. Each day of Pukkelpop features a different genre of music, which makes attending all three days an important part of anyone’s first experience. Examples of artists that have performed in past years include JAUZ, Deadmau5, and Bonobo.

4) Rock Werchter

Held annually during the month of July, Rock Werchter is held near Werchter, a town roughly 40 kilometers from Brussels. Since 1974, it has hosted over 800 bands and 400,000 attendees. It is now one of Europe’s most famous music festivals, hosting acts such as Coldplay and The Cure. However, there are several other well-known artists who have also performed at Rock Werchter such as U2, Depeche Mode, and AC/DC among others.

5) Dour Festival

Dour Festival is an annual rock music festival that takes place in July. It has performances from bands such as Tool, Deftones, and The Smashing Pumpkins. It is located in Dour which is a small village near Liege, Belgium. This festival is perfect if you want to hear some of your favorite classic rock bands from back in the day or even see some new groups you may have never heard of before.

Conclusion

So that’s our list! These five festivals in Belgium will provide any music lover with endless entertainment. They range from rock to pop to electronic, so no matter what you like, there’s a festival for you. If you haven’t attended one of these before, we highly recommend it. They are guaranteed to create some of your favorite memories!

Photos by Dour Festival, Groezrock, Pukkelpop, Rock Werchter, Tomorrowland