Electro House

Electro house is a subgenre of house music. Its origins are obscure, with varying influence attributed to 1980s-electro, electroclash, pop, synthpop, and tech house. A hard form of house music, electro house found mainstream popularity around 2005.

electro house
Electro house is a subgenre of house music. Its origins are obscure, with varying influence attributed to 1980s-electro, electroclash, pop, synthpop, and tech house. A hard form of house music, electro house found mainstream popularity around 2005. The term has been used to describe the music of many of the world’s top DJs (as voted in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll) such as Deadmau5, David Guetta and Tiësto.

Characteristics

Electro house sometimes contains elements of tech house such as prominent basslines, short and high-pitched riffs, and minimal to medium amounts of percussion. Unlike tech house, however, it can include electro-influenced abrasive synths and vocal or instrumental samples. The tempo is usually around 128 to 130 BPM. Later compositions tend to feature more “dirty” bass sound created from saw waves with compression and distortion.

History

The genre has been described as a fusion genre of house and electro, either in its original form or as fused with synthpop and techno in its late-1990s revival, electroclash. It has also been seen as a term created from using “electro” as an adjective (meaning “futuristic” or “hard”) for “house”. French house by artists such as Daft Punk has also been considered a strong influence on electro house.

Early songs that have been labelled retroactively as electro house include “Transamerican” by Sublime in 1993, “Dark Invader” and “The Arival” by Arrivers in 1996, and “Raw S*it” by Basement Jaxx in 1997. Mr. Oizo’s 1999 hit “Flat Beat” has also been considered an early example of the genre.

Benny Benassi, with his track “Satisfaction” released in 2002, is seen as the forerunner of electro house who brought it to the mainstream. Coming into prominence in the early 2000s, the genre saw the emergence of new producers such as David Guetta and Yasutaka Nakata. By 2004, an associated genre called electrotech had become popular in parts of Europe such as Austria, Germany, and Italy. It spread to France and the UK in 2005, by which time electro house saw an increase in popularity. In November 2006, electro house tracks “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit” by Fedde Le Grand and “Yeah Yeah” by Bodyrox and Luciana held the number one and number two spots, respectively, in the UK Top 40 singles charts. Since then, electro house producers such as Avicii, Deadmau5, Knife Party, and Skrillex have emerged and become increasingly popular. By 2009, the genre had reached a worldwide audience.