Welcome to 909originals
Launched in July 2017 (coincidentally on the same day that Donna Summer’s I Feel Love was released, 40 years previously), 909originals is a website dedicated to delving into the past and uncovering the stories behind some of the greatest dance tracks, people and clubs.
While the Rock and Pop industries are saturated with magazines celebrating the achievements of a bygone era (Classic Rock, Uncut, Mojo, Long Live Vinyl, Classic Pop et al), the forefathers that created the 4/4 beats (and synths) that have come to dominate popular music today are perhaps not as widely commended as they should be.
Since our launch, we’ve chatted to some of the biggest names from the past, present and future of electronic music, including Dave Clarke, Danny Rampling, Terry Farley, Paul and Phil Hartnoll of Orbital, Graeme Park, Alex Paterson (The Orb), Judge Jules, Bill Brewster, Frank de Wulf, Steve Mac, Gez Varley (LFO), Olivier Abbeloos and many more. And we’re only getting started.
There will be honesty, there will be swearing, and there will be some top tunes – think of it as a ‘warts and all’ appraisal of a game-changing musical movement.
About myself: I’m a journalist based in Dublin, Ireland, working on in a trade magazine that serves the European grocery trade (a more exciting industry that you might think).
But I’m also a dedicated collector of classic vinyl, passionate about the history of dance music and where it has brought us to today.
Such is the nature of the day job, that I’m hoping to post on this site a few times a week, bringing you classic articles, tracks and the occasional interview. It’s not about celebrating a particular genre of dance music… nor is it to be read as a swipe at today’s EDM-saturated culture.
It’s about the past… the present… the Phuture…
In the words of the late Darryl Pandy on Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk’s ’Love Can’t Turn Around’… “Now this is how it started….” 🙂