[Image of DJ Frankie Knuckles]

“Frankie Knuckles” Excerpt taken From the book, ‘What Kind Of House Party Is This?’ 

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Three times I chased Frankie Knuckles up and down the length of England, when he was over from the States, to try and get an interview. Only once did I make contact with him long enough to sit him down, turn on my tape recorder, and ask him about his life and work. On that occasion, he was here with Dave Morales and a few other Americans to play at the Big Love party put on by the Universe promoters. That occasion was unique in one other way - it was the only time I forgot to take my question sheet! And boy did I need it: if you’ve ever tried to think, let alone remember a long list of questions, at an on-site rave, even in the VIP tent, you’ll know why half this interview is missing. Luckily, it’s the less-important questions and answers that are missing. Here’s what I got. 

Frankie Knuckles was born in the South Bronx of New York City on the 18th January 1955. He got into DJing after being offered a job by Tee Scott, who he sees as one of the legendary DJs, and was further prompted into it by Larry Levan when they used to work together back in 1972/73 at a New York club called The Gallery which was owned by Nicky Siano. 

Here’s how Frankie fell into the House scene: 

“I think more than anything it was built up around me. A lot of what I play, and a lot of what I do now, is what I’ve been doing for the past twenty-one years I’ve been playing records. When I first started working with people like Nicky Siano, Larry Levan and Tee Scott, we were playing records at a time when there was no such thing as a BPM system. We had to play records as they were, and actually cultivate mixing one record to the next, whereas most of the DJs were putting on one record after another. 

“Most of the music that was coming out was very Soulful and very down-tempo because Disco had died and there was a very big lull in the music industry at the time. Everyone was looking for something new and different, but when everybody began to recognize what was going on with the House sound coming out of Chicago - and the same thing in New York - there was a lot of people that were dead set against it…” 
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[Image of DJ Farley ‘Jackmaster Funk’]

“Farley ‘Jackmaster Funk’” Excerpt taken From the book, ‘What Kind Of House Party Is This?’ 

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“I am the creator of House music, and House music started this way…” These are the words of Farley Keith Williams - Farley Jackmaster Funk - but he could be lying. Farley, along with Adonis and Chip-E, have been accredited the Godfathers of House, and if he says this is the way it happened, then is it the way it happened…? 

“In 1982, I was DJing at a club called The Playground and there was this kid named Leonard ‘Remix’ Roy who was a DJ at a rival club called The Rink. He came over to my club one night, and into the DJ booth and said to me, ‘I’ve got the gimmick that’s gonna take all the people out of your club and into mine - it’s called House music’. Now, where he got that name from or what made him think of it I don’t know, so the answer lies with him. He holds the key to this whole music scene right now and nobody has ever interviewed him. He has never made a record and only continued DJing for about a year after that, then went to the army and didn’t make it as a DJ. 

“Anyway, I figured, ‘I’m on the radio playing for WBMX 102.7 FM to an average of one point five million people every Friday and Saturday. I also have the largest club in the city’ - my club held like twenty five to thirty five hundred people, while Leonard’s club only held seven hundred and fifty. So he was always looking for a slice of my crowd and I would be looking to get all of his. So I thought, ‘OK, since I’m the bigger rat…’. You know, a lot of the time the smaller guy comes up with the idea and then the bigger rat snatches it. Well, I took the name from him. In every interview that I do, I say that this is the guy who deserves all the credit for naming the music, but I took it from him and went to radio with it, and I went to my club with it, and hollered, ‘I’m the creator of House music and this is what I play’. “From that point right there, every record that I played, whether it was Disco, Funk or whatever, it was a House record, because I said that that was the type of music I was playing. That’s why it’s so funny when people want to give a definition of what House music is, because there is no definition, they’re so damned stupid.…” 
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