How a stolen piece of vinyl and a primitive drum machine inspired a young Chicago DJ to invent a new genre
by Jesse Saunders
The whole thing started with a drum machine.
In the summer of 1983, I was living in Chicago and DJing every Friday/Saturday night at one of the biggest clubs in town, The Playground, where I’d spin new wave, electronic hip-hop, disco, synth-pop and everything in between. The Playground was known for bringing together an eclectic mix of Chicagoans, people from all walks of life, and my job was to make everyone dance to equally eclectic music.