From Daft Punk to Georgio Moroder, from Mr. Fingers to Frankie Knuckles, the forefathers and forerunners of house music have always been the subject of widespread study, scrutiny and above all, praise.
Something happened as disco died, giving way to Revolution 909. The kick drum took hold and disc jockeys became rockstars overnight.
I Was There When House Took Over The World is Channel 4’s new two-part doco series, diving deep on the birth and neverending influence of house music.
British television broadcaster Channel 4, the team behind vital 2001 dance-music documentary series Pump Up the Volume: The History of House Music, have shared a new project chronicling the genre’s origins, titled I Was There When House Took Over the World.
I Was There When House Took Over the World explores “how Disco’s death gave birth to the most iconic sound in dance [music],” according to the official website. The documentary mini-series is split into two parts: House Was Born, which focuses on the social and cultural environment that gave rise to the genre; and then its chart-climbing ascent in House Went Global.
The doc features appearances from iconic artists including Nile Rodgers, Marshall Jefferson, Honey Dijon, and more.
Channel 4’s website appears to be blocked in Australia, but as we all know, there are ways around that. If you’re on Chrome, there’s a ton of free add-ons which will disable geo-locked content. Go crazy.