Chicago House Music began in the 80s, after the decline in disco music. Chicago House Music appeared to be the answer and replacement for disco’s, Disco Demolition Night. As House Music made its acescenion, so did Detroit’s Techno style and New York City’s Garage style. Both emerged to bring new, coming-of-age energy into music’s front.
As with everything, there’s growth and evolution. Music has evolved and so have the sounds. One DJ, Matt Warren, has helped pioneer the sound that began in the mid-80s. Warren has been a Disc Jockey for over the span of 40 years and continues to let music pump energy into his life. It’s not easy to keep up with the times. Through all the transitional times music faces — from digital content and the sound — it can be tough to keep up. However, Matt Warren has found his slots over the course of four decades.
Warren’s Music Is My Life, is the body of work that represents an artist who has seen the beginnings, middles and continues ends of the music business. There’s adaptation and still a defined sound that is kept in his integrity to produce music.
““This is my first release of my own music in ten years. I’ve been producing, engineering and remixing for others, but have not focused on my creative needs for a long time,” Warren said in a statement. “I felt like I wanted to do a record that reflects my journey as both a musician and DJ. I really wanted to give that old school feel to the songs..I guess what I mean is to record “real music” with live instruments and arrangements…which are kind of a homage of all the music I grew up listening to.”
Music Is My Life is arranged with 11 tracks, finding its path into many trials and errors. Not every track will bring fulfillment to every listener, but the efforts reign of gold. Vocalist, Pepper Gomez, can be a hit or miss on the tracks we hear. She usually falls flat on the disco arrangements. There’s lack of synching production with parallel vocals. Warren is actually at his best when the song is instrumental-based and doesn’t feature an artist. Nonetheless, his production is strong enough to overpower any bad vocal performance. “Going Deeper” and “Bang The Box” find Warren testing the limits of his growth and bringing his own flair into the new-age scene; he succeeds.
Looking back into the 80s and now, 2019, the evolution of house music is alive and well. Matt Warren continues to push the envelope of his craft and it isn’t hard to tell: music is his life.
1.How Do I Love Thee
2. The Way To My Heart
3.Catch Me If You Can (Main Mix)
4. Catch Me If You Can (Disco Mix)
5.Get On Up
6. Going Deeper
7. Musica Es Mi Vida)
8. Bang The Box
11.The Dark Storm