As a "Original Member" of the Hot Mix 5...
I can assure you thst every single member was involved in the foundation of what today is called "House Music".
I started my DJ career in 1975 at a Small Radio station WCYC-Fm, which was owned by the Chicago Boys Clubs. My 1st Commercial Radio Station was an ABC owned Affiliate WDAI-FM 94.7 where i did a weekly mix show.
In 1982 i went to work with Lee Micheals at WBMX-FM. The Hot Mix 5 was originally the Hot Mix 6, but somebody didn't show up for the station meeting, so the Hot Mix 5 was born.
The Hot Mix 5 members were responsible for
bringing things like:
1). The Casio Keyboard (Yamaha Juno 106)
2). 808 Drum Machine
3). 32,16,8,4,& 2 beat live loops
4). 1/2 Headphones... (i'll show you a
picture of that from 1976
6). felt slip pads
7). felt slip pads w/wax paper underneath
(thats how we got down to 2 beat loops)
8). Digital Samplers
9). Computer Editing
10). Beats track records.... (Farley's stuff, Jam tracks etc>)
and the list goes on.
House Music originated from the "RADIO" DJ's innovative ideas that were heard every weekend on the Mix Show. Farley would top Kenny, Kenny would top Mickey's Edit's, Mickey would top Ralph, etc etc
Every single member has produced records that dates back to the begining of the House Music era.
But... one key thing is forgotten...
IT WAS ALL FIVE GUYS WHO PROMOTED THE ARTISTS RELEASES IN THE MIXSHOW AND POURED THE FOUNDATION FOR THIS MUSIC.
A club only has 100, 200, 500 even 1,000 people. But the radio staions mix show had a 30 share of the market. that translated into a full 500,000 listeners that cumed the station ever 15 minutes during the 7 hour show.
That is how "HOUSE MUSIC" became imbedded into ever one's life hear in this market.
House Music started with a "DJ" that produced his own brand of music.
Question : Who Played A Keyboard over the top of songs in the mix in 1982 ?
Question : Who used a 808 Drum machine to create a track to segue from one song to another ?
That is where the start of House Music is...
in the innovative style of of my TEAM MEMBERS...
and of course myself
Kenny "Jammin" Jason
Hot Mix Five member (and damn proud of it)
ps.... Check out Old School Fridays on V103 10p-2a in Chicago...
My New York brothers can check me out on WTJM Jammin 105 Saturdays from 6p-10p
check the website for the other 60 stations that i currently do mix shows for....
peace & good luck to everybody
(don't hate, i didn't )