Having been a teenager in the late 80’s/early 90’s I was lucky enough to experience my generations version of the “Summer of Love”. To many this is probably better known as the days of the illegal ‘Acid House’ raves.
Having grown up with house music pumping through my veins it was no surprise that myself, along with a large number of other people of my generation, were at Xana Beach Club on Saturday (5th January) night when probably the most prolific producer/DJ of house music made a rare appearance.
57 Year old Frankie Knuckles played an important role in developing house music in the 1980s and he helped to popularise house music in the 1990s, with his work as a producer and remixer.
Due to his importance in the development of the genre, he is often known as “The Godfather of House Music” and in 2005, Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievements as a DJ.
Having last seen Frankie behind the decks, yes I mean a real set of Technic 1200’s (a special record deck invented for DJing), around 20 years ago, i was somewhat of a surprised to see that he now has to walk with the aid of a walking stick and had to be sat for his set, something very unusual for a DJ to do.
But the 200 or 300 Frankie fans that turned up at Xana on Saturday certainly can’t have been disappointed whether he was sat or standing. He played an amazing 4 hour set, which featured only tracks which he has produced including classics such as Tears and Your Love, which had been revamped and brought in line with today’s current House Music scene, and kept the dance floor packed until closing time.
After his final encore, I can’t remember whether there were 2 or 3, everybody wanted to thank Frankie for coming to Phuket and for giving us House Music lovers a real once in a lifetime treat.
Thank you Frankie for coming and thank you Xana for bringing him to the island!