(PCM) One of the most prolific house music producers and remixers from the eighties and nineties, Frankie Knuckles has passed away at the age of 59. His immediate cause of death has not yet been revealed, however some rumors claim that he may have been suffering from Type II diabetes. Frankie Knuckles is credited with laying the groundwork for electronic dance music culture as well know it today.
Frankie Knuckles is legendary in the electronic music scene. He was never afraid to be experimental and many feel that his accomplishments over the years were under appreciated in music realm.
Knuckles was born in New York City and then relocated to Chicago in the 1970′s and began his DJ career spinning at The Warehouse, a club that is credited with the birth of house music. Knuckles reached such heights of success at The Warehouse that he was able to open his own club The Power Plant in 1983.
Over the year’s Frankie Knuckles has worked with a wide variety of artists including Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, and Michael Jackson to name a few. He released his debut album title “Beyond The Mix” in 1991 which contained well-known tracks such as “The Whistle Song” and “Workout”.
In a statement to the popularity of Frankie Knuckles in 2004, the City of Chicago renamed a stretch of Jefferson Street near the site of the old Warehouse “The Godfather of House Music” Frankie Knuckles Way.
Knuckles had some upcoming tour dates scheduled for this month and had just recently performed a DJ set at the UK’s famed Ministry Of Sound club.
Our sincere condolences go out to Frankie Knuckles family and friends during this difficult time.
(PCM) I think I may have truly had a once in a lifetime experience when attending the recent Excision show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. It was the first time that I can say that I have literally felt the music. Once Excision dropped the first notes of bass, I could feel my esophagus rattle and my hair follicles felt as if they were moving by an unseen force. It was definitely one of the most intense feelings I have ever experienced while attending a show.
Not only was it just the sound, but Excision added some of the most incredible visual elements to the show with his famous Executioner stage set up. It was mind-blowing!
Both Excision and openers Dirty Phonics filled the room with an atmosphere of raw and unbridled energy and it was like nothing I have ever witnessed. They certainly didn’t call this tour The 150,000 Watts Tour for nothing. It was by far and away the absolute loudest show I have ever attended. Fair warning, ear plugs are a very, very good investment for this show. There were times when the music was so loud it was a bit disorienting, but that only added to the experience of literally being swept up completely in the sound. Both Excision and Dirty Phonics killed it on stage and certainly left fans with quite a memorable concert experience.
Being the hardcore rock and metal fan that I am, it is always a fascinating experience for me to experience a show that is a bit outside the box for me personally and in the end I am always glad that I did. Attending an EDM show, which in this case happened to be Excision, is like entering a different world whose inhabitants exist primarily to love one another, dance and have a good time. They are so embracing. It reminds me very much of a modern era version of the hippie movement from the 1960′s. Instead of jam bands and folk rock it is now DJ’s and computers, parents still don’t understand it and all of the kids want to be a part of it.
(PCM) I have recently come across this absolutely hilarious video that pairs a group of Dutch ravers dancing at the 2013 Awakening Festival with “Yakety Sax” the theme song from “Benny Hill”.
The video was created by Jesse Reinier Nieuwenhuijzen and it is absolutely brilliant. I could not believe that the audio and video were able to synch up so perfectly. It is hilarious.
I am out covering a slew of music festivals throughout the year, many with EDM-dedicated stages. From now on, I am forever going to be stuck with the visual of everyone dancing to the Benny Hill theme song…and I don’t have a problem with that!
Pelussje, a.k.a. James Nayler & Chiara Benelli, are a couple of italian electro producers and DJs born in 2004 through flaming walls of sound, burning screams and fiery stage divings. After a period of circuit bending, noise, and underground live based shows, they decided to bring back on the ring their deep love for mixer and turntables.
In 2008 their productions turned to a stronger, more complex and club-oriented sound, colored by massive basslines and the full flavor of their musical roots. Their love for Mexican Lucha Libre, it’s theatrical violence and the acted madness broke through, and masks became a fundamental symbol of their live shows.
During the last 5 years Pelussje acquired a significant reputation worldwide, bringing their show to Europe, USA, South Africa, Mexico, Taiwan, South Korea and Brazil, sharing the stage with Skrillex, Crookers, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Cyberpunkers, Congorock, Boys Noize to name a few.
PCM’s Larry Cochran recently had a chance to catch up with Pelussje, to answer some questions about EDM, their love of lucha libre, goals for 2014 and more. Check out the full interview below:
Q: What soul or funk track would you love to remix that you haven’t done yet?
Pelussje: Absolutely “The Mexican”- Babe Ruth, “Apache”- The Incredible Bongo Band, “Theme from S.W.A.T.” — Rhythm Heritage, “It’s just begun” — Jimmy Castor, “Street dance”- Break Machine, and of course everything from Michael Jackson’s Thriller album.
Q: How did you first learn about lucha libre and what about it fascinated you most?
Pelussje: Unfortunately in Italy lucha libre is not popular at all. So we got in touch with that world accidentally, with some graphic design magazines which reported some artworks with luchadores on it. Also thanks to an italian noise band called Almandino, who during their concerts used to wear lucha masks. We were so fascinated from this visual phenomena, that we decided to learn more about it, we came through a wonderful and huge culture we fell immediatly in love with.
Q: Would you ever compete against another DJ or DJ in a mask vs hair (lucha de apuestas) match? If so, who?
Pelussje: Competing against another DJ in this way could be definitely fun, even better against another couple of Djs! There are so many duos…fun is what’s important, so we’d probably choose our bros Belzebass.
Q: How do you think that EDM has changed since you started in the industry?
Pelussje: It definitely changed a lot! When we started this adventure, back in 2008, there was much less competition, and everything was way more simple. Now everybody wants to be a DJ, a superstar, and lives this whole world as a challenge. Music, unfortunately, has become a marginal detail, years ago it was not like that.
Q: What are your goals for the rest of 2014?
Pelussje: First of all we’re focusing on our next North & South America tour starting at the end of March for 3 months, in the mean time we’re experimenting on tons of new music and working on several interesting collabs.
Q:What’s your favorite part of touring and is there anywhere you still want to perform?
Pelussje: The best part of touring is definitely being always together, we’re a couple so every time we travel it’s like a honeymoon! We never performed in Australia so going there would be awesome…even if there’s a lot of insanely creepy animals!
Q:With the increasingly electronic influence recently, where do you see music as a whole going in the next five years?
Pelussje: Music is evolving, nowadays it’s just happening faster. Technology is a big part of the game now, in the past music was made of ‘real’ instruments, and now most of the records are made of electronic instruments, so I think this evolution is natural and kinda obvious. I don’t think the real instruments will disappear, but the electronic aspect is surely here to stay.
Q: Would you ever create entrance music for a luchador and if so, who would be your top choice?
Pelussje: Well, we’re already working on an entrance music for a famous luchador, but we’d like to keep everything secret…it’s a surprise!
Q: How did the two of you decide to form the band and come up with the name Pelussje?
Pelussje: We started making music as a live band, becoming a DJ duo was just the natural evolution of what we felt in that moment. We’ve always had a great feeling behind the decks, so from the very first time we knew that was our path.
The name Pelussje has a foggy story behind it, but it basically born when we were trying to create a word both strong and tender, as it’s the mash-up of ‘pelear’ (to fight in spanish) and ‘je’ which is a suffix that means little in dutch.
So we ask you where in the world can you find such diverse acts as Queen, Skrillex, and Miley Cyrus hanging together? Why, in PELUSSJE’s long anticipated video for Carol Williams “Love Is You (PELUSSJE Remix)”, out now on ULTRA Music, of course! Let me say there is nothing we don’t love about this video!