• http://www.nemoitrex.com Nemoi Trex

    I’m a lover of music regardless of genre. If It moves me I roll with it,
    however, House is by far the style that binds closest rhythmically with
    my mind, body and spirit . In retrospect, being a Chicago native I’m
    not sure what I would have done or would do if there was no House Music.
    Thank You Frankie.

  • Guest

    I’m a lover of music regardless of genre. If It moves me I roll with it, however, House is by far the style that binds closest rhythmically with my mind, body and spirit . In retrospect, being a Chicago native I’m not sure what I would have done or would do if there was no House Music. Thank You Frankie for paving the way.

  • soketch

    nice tribute. I felt I could pay my respects here from Johannesburg, South Africa

  • DJ_ForcedHand

    Oddly enough, this is how I started (being taught how to mix by techno DJs in the ’90s with my own MIDI gear and turntables), but I hadn’t (until I read “Last night the DJ saved my life”) known the origin of using the “tape loops and drum machines”, so thanks to these pioneers for that.

    The scene I was in back in the ’90s (a cross between Techno and Rock) *H-A-T-E-D* that I did anything other than spin their Top 40 Studio Tracks, on Vinyl or CD. The majority of people in the scene thought using a computer was cheating and actively avoided Computer DJs, even though what I did sounded good, and I showed them what I was doing with the gear, they thought the computer did all the work for me, and it required no skill. So, I guess I caved-in to what my local scene wanted to avoid the hassle and only brought in my own remix tracks on CD (which is probably why I didn’t try to bring back the gear that felt was so much more fun to use sooner because… I guess I got hand-shy).

    I love the “more than what you know” feel of adding great, well-placed, grooves and fills on top of the music people love, but that can’t always be done with a studio remixed track. Over time, I just kept feeling like I had to bring in the gear again, so I chose the underground parties and have loved that scene ever since. I guess it’s something you just feel once you groove songs in your head, complimenting existing beats, riffs and voice-overs with known or remixed tracks.

  • JP

    A great set, here in Montreal at the Stereo
    https://soundcloud.com/stereonightclub/the-legendary-frankie-knuckles.
    Stereo, like the Paradise Club wanted to have the best sounding system In the area.

  • http://www.solechannelmusic.com Mr. V

    Nice Write Up Guys… For the record, Knuckles stayed true to the
    artform and had his own signature sound that wasn’t emulated by anyone,
    the records he spun were in some ways unique and he knew exactly how to
    deliver them WITHOUT losing a room, another reason why he will be sorely
    missed.

    V.

  • DJ Rapture

    The one thing I learned from Frankie – don’t be afraid to incorporate some instruments into your DJ setup. Running a TR 909 alongside the reel-to-reel decks was ingenious!

  • http://damiensirkis.net/ Damien Sirkis

    To be fair, one of the main reasons Frankie was still working hard and touring as a DJ was the cost of healthcare during his first bout with diabetes in 2004. He also had to stay off work for a while and ate thru his savings.

    I’m sure he would have kept playing regardless, but probably wouldn’t have toured as much as he did.

    It’s a shame the true pioneers of our scene like Frankie, Larry Levan, Nick Siano or David Mancuso never really got to reap the rewards that others did later on…

  • calgarc

    a legend

  • Fatlimey

    Damn fine article, DJTT.

  • djayclay

    Chicago is hurting right now but there is comfort in knowing the rest of the world gets this great mans contribution. Thanks for the write up & RIP Frankie!

  • Ztronical

    You ask what can we learn… I just hear a beat a strong and growing beat that was started. And it makes everyone eventually move and dance. Even if the dance is mental and personally enjoyed. So I guess the lesson is never restrain the music or the people.
    Thank you…

  • Oddie O’Phyle

    i read about this a couple days ago, what a shame. He will be missed, RIP Frankie.

  • heron

    About time djtech tools! Well done great piece.

  • deejae snafu

    Rip one of the greats, we will miss you.

  • thebigblaa
  • killmedj

    What a beautiful guy. Sad to lose him so soon.