After relocating from his native Puerto Rico to Chicago in the early 1980s, Carlos Sosa discovered house music and immediately found himself hooked. Absorbing all the house culture the city had to offer, Sosa frequented club nights and dug through the records of house pioneers, eventually donning the name DJ Sneak and beginning to produce his own breed of house music. The result has been a funk-infused style of hard-hitting disco house, which DJ Sneak has continued to create after almost three decades of performing. Calling himself the "house gangster," DJ Sneak now owns his own record label and can still be found DJing at many international festivals.
A good deal of electronic music that falls into the house genre is mindless drivel that only serves one purpose: making people dance. Luckily there are electronic composers like John Digweed, who propel the house genre to new, unforeseen apexes and actually create a style of music that is both listenable and danceable. Born in England, Digweed first started DJing at the age of 13, and after kicking around the electronic scene for a few years, he got his big break in 1993 when taken aboard as resident DJ at a club called The Renaissance in Mansfield. By blending a number of sonic atmospherics with pulsating beats, he started composing a style of music that he referred to as progressive house. His music resonated well with an impressive number of electronic music listeners and now, nearly two decades after his break, Digweed is looked at as one of the leading figures of the electronic music scene.
Siblings Steve and Chris Martinez have managed to receive a tremendous amount of accolades since they started working in the New York City electronic music scene in the late 1990s. Making a unique style of house fusion that oftentimes blends elements of funk and Latin music within a thick, four-on-the-floor beat, The Martinez Brothers has managed to distinguish itself apart from the myriad of other electronic acts existing in the sprawling New York music world.
Soul Clap is a electronic duo from Boston that released its debut album, EFUNK, in 2012. Known in the New England region for its riotous live shows, the group has also managed to attract a cross-country following by playing several prominent festivals around the States. With a sound that blends multiple electronic genres into one cohesive, party-friendly whole, Soul Clap has built a reputation as being a premier act that has no problem bringing the dance party deep into the night.