Chicago House Essentials

Interviews, profiles, news and stories about the history of Chicago House Music – the artists, labels, clubs and culture that brought a new form of music to the world.

Beyond Heaven Showcases ’80s Chicago House Music Party Flyers

Beyond Heaven: Chicago House Party Flyers from 1983 to 1989 is now available for the Old School lover in your life.

Armando Gallop: A Life

If you lived in Chicago in the 1990s, you couldn't get away from Armando Gallop. As a DJ, producer and promoter, he was everywhere in this town. From his "School Daze" parties at the...

Farley Jackmaster Funk: The 5 Magazine Interview

SOME PEOPLE ARE BORN underdogs. Farley Jackmaster Funk, one of the most influential figures in the history of House Music, with a career pning three decades, clearly relishes the idea of being underestimated. More...
Gene Farris

Gene Farris: The 5 Magazine Interview

ONE OF THE MOST accomplished DJs and producers of House Music's "second wave" of the 1990s, Gene Farris picked up himself and his Farris Wheel Recordings imprint last October and returned to Chicago, the...
Frankie Knuckles

This Entire Scene Was Frankie Knuckles’ Dance Floor

Where do you begin the story of the man who began it all? The man who began it for you? Should I start at the beginning - the literal beginning, the first three words of...
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In 2021, support people. Screw the brands.

If we say we care about the history of this music, we need to stop enabling the ones that fucked it up.

Gant-Man: Born Into This

When Gant-Man says that music is his life, it's more than a cliche. Once the world's "youngest professional DJ", he's since become a cornerstone of the ghetto house and juke scene, breaking the sounds...

Psycho-Bitch is the Original Diva Powerhouse of Chicago

When you hear stories of Chicago's golden days of House Music whether it be in the late '80s through the late '90s, you learn to appreciate the multifaceted talent behind the big names. These...
Larry Sherman

Trax Records Founder Larry Sherman Dies of Heart Failure

Chicago House label Trax Records' founder Larry Sherman died of heart failure over Passover.
DJ Paul Johnson

The Paul Johnson Story

EVERY PRODUCER, DJ, dancer or fanatic will tell you that House music is in their blood. DJs drag their crates from gig to gig, from city to city, passing mix tapes on anyone that...

Jamie Principle: The 5 Magazine Interview

Not much has been written about Jamie Principle, the Chicago artist whose dark brooding voice haunted us with songs such as "Baby Wants to Ride", "I'll Take You There" and "Cold World." His early...
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Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy and How House Music Movies Are Made

Everyone will be Unsung. Including you.

Frankie Knuckles on How To Treat People at Your Party

"I don't call it a party when you have to go through all that bullshit just to get inside, and then even more when you're there." Frankie Knuckles, 2009.
DJ Funk

The Icon: Dance Mania Star and Ghetto House Legend DJ Funk

We stand today in praise of the Icon, Dance Mania star and Ghetto House legend DJ Funk. The man behind party anthems including "Knock Knock", "Work That Body", "Fuk-U-Later", "Pump It", "Run & Work It",...
Love Train

Love Train and the Lost History of a Chicago House Classic

Four thousand, five hundred and twenty eight miles from Chicago - in Milan, Italy, the town he grew up in and which he still lives in today - Roberto Corinaldesi found himself at a...

Robert Williams Music Box Memoirs

At every critical moment in early House Music history, Robert Williams was there. As the owner of the original Warehouse to the Music Box to the parties he continues to throw today, Robert Williams is an icon, a treasure of the Chicago House Music scene.
Ron Hardy and Robert Williams

Dancing While Black, Young and Queer in the 1970s

Lessons from Robert Williams: How dealing with the police was an essential part of dancing while Black, queer and young in the 1970s.
Fingers Inc

Larry Heard & Robert Owens are Suing Trax Records

Chicago House Music pioneers Larry Heard and Robert Owens have filed a multi-million dollar copyright infringement suit against Trax Records and defendant Rachael Cain.

Remembering Darryl Pandy One Year Later

It was one year ago yesterday that we heard the news that Darryl Pandy passed away. The question arises - and it's a terrible question indeed - of how you remember someone after they're gone....

Marshall Jefferson: The Return of the House Music Anthem

Fifty years from now, when archeologists are tracing ancient folklore to uncover this thing called House Music, they'll come across one song, one track that stands alone among all of the early Chicago classics....

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Searching: Inside 5 Mag Issue 204

With Detroit's Reggie Dokes, Aterral Records, Carlo, Maggie Tra, Demuir, Cyphon Records and more inside 5 Mag Issue 204, out now.
Glenn Davis DJ mix

Glenn Davis – RISE vol 2

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Cee ElAssaad: Evolve