In this article we look at the booming house music scene in Glasgow.
The house music scene in Glasgow over the years has flourished into one of the most vibrant and creative hubs in the whole of the UK. Artists and Djs taking their craft worldwide and promoters booking some of the biggest names in the business. With a positive and energetic crowd like no other in the world, the city knows how to throw a house event and even more so, knows how to party.
When it comes to the history of this genre in Glasgow, then we have to start with the infamous “Sub Club”. Opening its doors in the late 80s, the “Subbie”, as it’s more commonly referred to, soon established itself as one of the best underground and in-demand clubs, becoming home and giving rise-to-fame for Djs such as JD Twitch and JG Wilkes, Slam and Harri & Domenic who went on to give birth to Subculture, one of the most successful club nights in Glasgow’s rich clubbing history. Born in 1994 and still running to this day, with an open minded vibe and unprecedented energy you just won’t find anywhere else in the city. Subculture has brought some of the biggest and most underground names to Glasgow, with artists such as Basement Jaxx, Derrick Carter and Lil Louis to name just a few, and provides an important platform for rising local talent, just look at the recent rise of local lads Jackmaster and Jasper James.
Local Glasgow DJ, Jackmaster, has seen a meteoric rise onto the house music A-list like no other in Scotland and arguably, the UK. From humble beginnings on the city circuit, Jackmaster has risen his way right to the very dizzy heights of the top; headlining at some of the world’s top festivals and shows, playing renowned venues like DC10, Fabric, Warehouse Project and Berlin’s infamous Berghain. With a knack for getting a crowd moving and energized a room with his resourceful blend of house and techno, his sets are electric. Co founder of Numbers, a successful and respected monthly club night in Glasgow, he also knows how to host and operate his own events; recently running a 30th Birthday bash in Glasgow’s SWG3 warehouse.
Illyus & Barrientos, do we need to say any more? With their early release ‘Ballin’’ coming out in 2014 on Love & Other, it has been nothing but huge steps for the two well-experienced Glasgow DJ’s. After the success of ‘Ballin’’, the boys followed up with another huge track in the shape of “Do Anything You Wanna” released on newly founded Glasgow Underground. Again another catchy, well produced club track, with tight drum parts, rhythmic bassline, authentic melody and soulful vocal sample. The lads then gained recognition from Radio 1’s well respected Annie Mac, giving them deserved exposure on her shows and gaining numerous DJ slots on the UK’s biggest radio station. Aside from this the boys have become residents at the popular FLY CLUB night, featured on some top lineups at the Sub Club, On The House and not to mention supporting Annie Mac on her Glasgow stop of her High Five tour, which sold out on the first day.
When you think about the words ‘On The House’, you usually think you’re in for a free bevy, but here in Glasgow, On The House is a well established club night. With a positive lively vibe, enthusiastic energy from the residents and great performances from the guests, we are always waiting to see what they pull off next. Booking some of the freshest house artists over the past couple of years, with appearances from the likes of Darius Syrossian, Catz N’ Dogz, Sam Devine, Sonny Fodera and Leftwing & Kody to name just a few. Since its beginning in 2011, founder Andy Raeside has worked seamlessly to build his brand, associating with labels/promoters like Defected, Moda Black, Love Action and Broken Disco. With a solid production setup and a headliner in shape of Reset Robot, this turned out to be one of his best gigs yet.
House in Glasgow is thriving at the moment and is as popular as it’s ever been. With the energy and creativity thriving in every aspect, from music production to running successful club nights and unique events, the city has no end in sight for our legacy or no stopping the new era and next generation of house.