First introduced to the United States in the late 1980’s, this genre of music was picked up fast by night clubs and bars. By the mid 1990’s, electronic music became so popular that a tech-house scene had developed in England around club nights. As the name suggests, tech-house is a subgenre that takes the best of house music and techno — the depth of techno music and the soulful, jazz groovy feels of the house. It has been a long journey for this genre but today, it tops every DJ’s playlist.
The subgenre was pioneered by famous DJs and artists from Chicago like Ron Hardy, Chip E, Frankie Knuckles, and Mr Lee. Tech house music was an instant hit, not just in the underground party scene but also in other clubs and on radio stations across the globe.
Tech-house is played at around 125 beats per minute and is something in between house and techno.
Tech-house uses the same structure that house music uses but has a steady bass drum that keeps the rhythm going. The sound of the instruments largely resembles techno. Tech house music generally incorporates techniques like quicker hi-hats, distorted kicks, loud snares, and a sound that is “acid-like”, produced with the Roland TB-303 instrument.
Some characteristics of tech-house music are:
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