It's been more than three decades since the birth of house music, and Chicago pioneer Derrick Carter has been there from the beginning.
The legendary DJ-producer cut his teeth spinning on the Windy City's seminal scene, which he still calls home. And Carter's musical career goes back to a time when the music still hadn't been given a generic label. "We were listening to house music before we even knew that's what it was," he reminisces. "Disco is house music. R&B is house music. Funk and soul are house music. We used to call that music deep house. Not these moody-sounding, pseudo-spiritual songs singing about unity fluff. It was deep house because you had to go deep, reaching back to the music of your roots."
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Go back to basics with the Chi-Town house head's Winter Music Conference party at the Shelborne Beach Resort's Shine this Thursday. The invitation, though, comes with a few conditions from Mr. Carter: "Bring some good old dancing shoes, a dap rag, have a drank, and get to grooving. No wallflowers allowed or tolerated. I mean, why bother at that point?"