Ethan Carter’s love and appreciation for music spans more than 30 years. Originally inspired by the classic garage House scene in NYC, but curious and open to a variety of diversified genres, Ethan has played gigs featuring Hip Hop, old school classics, funk, and rock ‘n’ roll. His instinctive ability to read a crowd and know what type of music pulls people onto the dance floor has helped him create an energy and vibe for a variety of events where music is indispensable.
As a college freshman, Ethan had a weekly radio show for the campus station which morphed into a position as the station’s General Manager the following year. When a campus party required a mobile DJ, Ethan landed the gig using borrowed equipment from the station. That first gig was the catalyst that inspired Ethan to invest in his own gear, hustle for his first weekly gig at a San Francisco bar in the summer of 1993 and led to internships at MTV Networks in NYC and San Francisco’s “Live 105” (KITS) radio station.
After college, Ethan moved to NYC and worked a variety of gigs at many of NYC’s progressive, exuberant and trend-setting musical venues and clubs such as Meow Mix, Acme Underground, Lucky Cheng’s, CAKE, Crazy Nanny’s, Don Hill’s, Fez Under Time Café, Flamingo East, and The Slipper Room. Ethan’s musical work has been featured in articles written in The Village Voice, New York Magazine’s “BEST of NY”, The Face, and Mare Claire UK.
What I prefer to spin...
House music emerged from the disco scene in Chicago in the early 1980s. It is characterized by its "four-on-the-floor" beat, deep basslines, and tempos ranging from 120-130 beats per minute. The name originated from "The Warehouse" in Chicago's South Side where Frankie Knuckles reigned.
Garage House, aka New York House, developed alongside Chicago's classic house music scene. Garage is heavily influenced by soul music and is more vocally driven. This style was derived by Larry Levan at the "Paradise Garage" in NYC.
Originally, the term was roughly synonymous with "soulful house". Deep house, in this sense, is house music influenced by jazz, soul, and gospel. Vocals are common and lyrical themes include positivity, community, love, self-belief, and overcoming hardship. Overly synthetic sounds are downplayed, in favor of pianos, organs, horns, bass guitar, etc.
Tribal house combines house with world music and is characterized by the heavy use of percussion. Its roots were primarily in Miami, where the Caribbean sounds influenced the scene but it gained popularity in the early 90s, especially in New York.
Tropical house is a subgenre of deep house, so it possesses typical house music characteristics. Tropical house differentiates itself from deep house by having a more uplifting and relaxing sound and a slightly slower tempo.
Nu-Disco emerged in the early 2000s as a contemporary, mostly electronic interpretation of disco music. Nu-Disco often makes use of the standard disco rhythm and is often simply re-edits of original-era disco & boogie tracks.
Funk is a music genre that originated in the mid to late 1960s when African-American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and R&B. Funk de-emphasizes melody and harmony and brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground.
Golden age hip hop is a name given to mainstream hip hop music created from the mid-1980s to early-1990s, particularly by artists and musicians originating from the New York metropolitan area. An outgrowth of the new school hip hop movement, it is characterized by its diversity, quality, innovation and influence on hip hop after the genre's emergence.
90's Hip Hop
The early part of 90's hip hop music was considered the Golden Age. Later years were what I consider to be the most prolific time for hip hop, rap, and R&B. There was a new commercial sound that led to massive crossover success. The list of artists achieving mainstream recognition was massive with singles often reaching #1 on Billboard charts.