Written by Mark Farry on March 11, 2016
Thanks to all of my friends and new listeners who tuned into the show on this glorious day! We got to listen to a great new 3-track EP by Barcelona’s house guru, Henry Saiz, along side some other selected bangers from your favorite host. I also had the pleasure of sharing the story of Gerrard, who I got into contact with via the /tech_house subreddit (which I strongly encourage to check out). Gerard’s story is here:
“When I was 16-17, I was kind of a reserved, slightly quiet, halfway intro/extroverted kid. I’d liked electronic music starting with Daft Punk, Stardust, the Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx etc since I was maybe 13 years old, and now that I was getting older I wanted to make new friends and meet cute girls, get invited to parties, and have some adventure and shit.
Dancing, club nights, raves, and eventually DJing really helped me grow into my enthusiastic, fun-loving, deeply extroverted self over the course of a few years. EDM culture is so accepting and full of empathy, care-free fun, and friendly people that it played a massive role in helping me become the person I always wanted to be.
I made new friends. I had the best nights of my life seeing Dieselboy, James Zabiela, Richie Hawtin, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina and many others. I got more serious about DJing over the coming years and got into promotion. Eventually I was throwing my own nights at clubs around town and after-hours spots. Just about all my best memories are from this period: my first true love at 18, first trying MDMA, playing in the side room while Hernan Cattaneo and Sasha played mainstage, opening for some of my heroes, so many friends and incredible girls. I never really made a ton of money, but I was in it for the music anyway.
Techno, house, drum and bass, deep house and other EDM is like the most visceral, primal, raw, elemental thing I know in life. Any time I am feeling down, I can spin records and have a guaranteed mood improvement. Almost twenty years of dance music has been the soundtrack to my life.
DJing isn’t something I am going to ever do to provide my whole living, but it is something I will absolutely be doing for the rest of my life. Writing this makes me think of The Streets – Weak Become Heroes, which was like my fucking anthem when it first came out. Dance music is inspiring, motivating, refined, frustrating at times, and never really gets old.
House music is a way of life (even though it sounds corny to say it), it’s so much more than just some tunes made with a computer. I guess maybe it’s that electronic music has an ineffable, boundless quality of joy and optimism for me and a lot of the people I know. I never thought, when I was younger, that I would ever be someone with the confidence and desire to dance or rock a party… but house music gave me the spark to do it.
I went on forever in this little rant, but I think you get what I am saying: I can’t imagine I will ever get tired of house music. I love it more each year, and like any acquired taste, my appreciation gets deeper with more familiarity.”