Any devotee of music can be asked: “What is Progressive house?”, and in 99% you’ll receive the affirmative answer “It is one of the subgenres of house music”. But only few know why it is so named, what are its features and history. So, let’s find it out together.
As we know, the house style originated in the 1980s in the clubs of Chicago, and it got its name from the club “Warehouse”, where DJ Frankie Knuckles fused disco-tracks and European synthpop. Progressive house emerged in Great Britain in the 1990s. Editor-in-chief of the magazine “Mixmag” Dom Phillips was the first who used the term.
The popularity of this style was heavily influenced by the following factors:
1. Progressive dance music soundtracks were played in “Renaissance” and “Drum club” clubs in the mid 1990s;
2. Right away this style was caught and developed by the world famous DJs Sasha and John Digweed.
In the late 1980s House, as a genre of music, settled down in the club industry, especially in Great Britain. As a matter of course, progressive house started to develop and gained more and more fans. Many new DJs with their new ideas and perception appeared on the stage. Stirring tune and range from 120 to 130 beats per minute are the outstanding characteristics of this style.
Today progressive house is one of the most commercial and popular style of club music. This style is performed by the leading sound-producers of the world: Hardwell, W& W, Axwell, Eric Prydz, Swedish House Mafia, etc. Rhythms of progressive house can be heard on the world best open-airs, including Tomorrowland, Electric Zoo, Ultra music festival, etc. With every passing day its popularity is growing. You can often hear Progressive house compositions in the live-sets of DJs of trance music.
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