ALEXANDRE MEDAWAR // Interview // Oct-Nov 2008

Alex Medawar was the guest of Ruptures ‘Zoom sur’, on 20 October and 3 November 2008, where he presented, in his nonchalant and sometimes hilarious manner, a brief and very personal history of Dance Music, as it sprang from the United States in the late 80’s, to the present day.

In the words of the man himself:

I am going clubbin’
Courant 77, la forme la plus dansable de R&B fait son coming out grand public un samedi soir. Le monde entier découvre le disco. La fièvre retombera vite, mais on continue de suer en s’agitant dans certains clubs black et gay de New York et de Chicago. Le DJ devient un personnage clef dans le petit monde fermé et volubile de clubbers pour qui la vrai vie commence à minuit. On pense évidement aux précurseurs : Larry Levan au Paradise Garage (NY) et Frankie Knuckle au Warehouse (Chicago). Pendant que John Travolta entame sa traversée du désert, la disco s’électrifie, s’amplifie, mute, copule avec d’autres genres. La house est née. Rapidement suivie de ses avatars. Les DJ pourront continuer à sauver des vies.

Ecouter:
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Track listing:

– I Need You / Sylvester, Ron Hardy Remix (1978)
– Acid Tracks / Phuture (Warp 10+1, 1985)
– Move your body / Marshall Jefferson (Trax Records. DJ International, 1986)
– Carino / T-Coy & The Housemaster Boyz (1986)
– Big Fun / Inner City (a.k.a. Kevin Saunderson) (1987)
– Voodoo Ray / A Guy Called Gerald (Warp 10+1, 1988)
– Love Hangover / Diana Ross – Frankie Knuckles Remix (Diana Extended- The Remixes, 1989)
– Girl I’ll House You / The Jungle Brothers (1989)
– Energy Flash / Joey Beltram (1990)
– House Music All Night Long (A1) Armandos Club / The Chicago Bad Boy Ft. G. Jack (1990)
– This Beat Is Over / Roger Sanchez (This Is Strictly Rhythm, 1991)
– Night of the jaguar / Aztec Mystic (a.k.a. DJ Rolando)
– Untitled KMS049 / Chez Damier (1992)
– Deep inside / Masters at Work feat. India
– Brighter Days / Cajmere’s New Vocal Mixfeat. Dajae (1994)
– Good Vibrations / Kerri Chandler feat Roy Ayers
– Changes Of Life / Jeff Mills (Waveform Transmissions Vol.1)
– The Latin Theme / Phuture (2000)
– Give Me Your Love / Full Intention (2001)
– Move Your Body / Housebreeders
– Jack Your Body (Body Jackin’) / Jamie Anderson, Jesse Rose (original track by Steve “Silk” Hurley) (International Deejay Gigolos, 2007)
– Chrome Knight  / Surkin feat. Chromeo (2008)
– Choose You / Cobra Krames (2008)
– When A Thought Becomes You / Blake Baxter (2008)
– Big Fun / Inner City – Simian Mobile Disco Remix (Kevin Saunderson History, 2008)

For further investigation:
Histoire de la house (Chicago, Detroit, New Jersey, New York)
Le label Trax de Chicago
Bio Frankie Knuckles (Club The Warehouse, Chicago)
Bio Larry Levan (Club Paradise Garage, NY)
Autres bio
Histoire de la techno de Detroit

Et pour finir, of course:

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