torstai 14. huhtikuuta 2011
Loop, Kick, Vocoder and Vocals. Period.
As I have said earlier, French House is THE music for me. There is something almost magical and hypnotizing about french house. It is just plainly loop, kick and vocoder vocals that can continue hours and hours.
The roots of French House are in the classic Disco and Chicago House. Just take the essential of Chigaco house 4/4 kick and snare, simple and addictive bass lines and mix it with loops from classic Disco song with lots of Groove. Finish it with Vocoder and voila, you got French House.
This is what started the French House. A little project from two french student Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo and Thomas Bangalter, the Daft Punk. (Yes I know they released New wave single before this song, but in my books it wasn't French House yeat, my blog, my rules) Story goes that they were tired of the modern dance music. There werent' any groove on it. So they created music that they would prefer to hear in clubs.
In 1998 Thomas Bangalter, Alan Braxe and DJ falcon went in Bangalter home studio. when they came out they released song called music sounds better with you as Stardust. It was huge hit, that made French House big enough to be noticed outside of electronic music scene.
Year earlier Alan Braxe released his single Vertigo on Bangalters Label Roulé. (One of my very very favourite songs).
In year 2000 (yea heheheh, Conan joke) Alan Braxe and Fred Falke released their first single together, Intro.
2000 and one. Daft Punk released their second album, Discovery.
This was the album that made French House so popular that even MTV showed Daft Punks videos at primetime. (remember kids that this was before Jersey Shore etc. The time that MTV was actually a MUSIC TELEVISION)
Also the other half of Daft Punk, had personal projects. Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo teamed up in late 90´s and early 00´s, with Eric Chedeville for Le Knight Club (which is in my opinoin way too underappreciated). They released several singles, without "gaining" notice of big audience.
Also in late 90´s another French producer made a song with Thomas Bangalter.
2003 a first non french producer made a big French House hit. A swede named Eric Prydz.
End of part 1.