Frankie Knuckles “Godfather Of House Music” Is Dead At Age 59

Frankie-Knuckles1(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.

 

 

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Excision And Dirty Phonics Nearly Blow The Roof Off The Electric Factory…Literally!

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(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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Photography credit: Ken Schuler Photography

 

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EDM Ravers Dance To The Benny Hill Theme Song!

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(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!

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