By Andrea Caccese
Is it really important whether or not a DJ or a producer knows the history of the genre they fit in? This has been a topic of debate between music makers even before the times of electronic music. The question, in a nutshell, is: should artists really be aware of their own influences?
Josh Wink has his own idea on why the roots of Acid House are still relevant to this day and why the spirit of the genre still lives on. This style of dance music dates back to the Summer of Love of 1988, when some of the most influential Chicago producers embraced it. In the following article for Beatport, Josh Wink shares his own first-hand experience of getting to know Acid House, falling in love with the genre and eventually realizing its important within the music scene. Eventually, his insightful conclusion may lead to an answer: influences and "first loves" in music never truly leave artists alone.
"I can’t remember what song I heard that made me fall in love with acid house, as I believe it was both the movement and the music that got me hooked. I was unable to get into clubs or bars due to the age restriction, so at 18 I got a job at a club called Memphis in 1988 being a bar back as a means to get into the nite-clubs that played the music I loved.
During this time I was also working as a bicycle messenger and met a fellow kindred sprit named Blake, who also happened to be a DJ. We instantly became friends. He was six years older than me and was part of the club music scene in Philly. We used to talk every day about life and music in between delivering packages. Strangely enough, we were both mentioning articles we read on acid house in UK publications like NME and iD."
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