Veteran Club-Goers Still Love House Music

A dancer at Paradox; credit: Josh Sisk/Deep Sugar Music

hide captionA jacker breaks it down at the Paradox night club in Baltimore.

Josh Sisk/Deep Sugar Music

On the second Saturday of each month, local DJs Ultra Nate and Lisa Moody host a party at the Paradox in Baltimore, Md. It's called Deep Sugar, and it brings legendary underground DJs who spin for a crowd that grew up on house music.

The earliest of jackers, or dancers associated with house music, are all grown up now, but they still head to the club. One Paradox club-goer named Vanessa, now 43, says she's been dancing to house music since she was 16.

"Everybody just comes together like a melting pot," she says. "We have so many people who've been clubbing here for years."

Sonia Hellyer is also a house music fan. For her, dancing at the club is a form of release and exercise. She says her 9-year-old daughter loves the music, too.

"We clean the house to house music," she says, laughing. "And it's funny, because she'll say, 'Ma, can we listen to your music?' "

Chris Burns is a DJ and club promoter in Washington, D.C. He calls the Paradox a throwback club. Burns says it has remained virtually unchanged since its opening in the early '90s, with the original analog sound system fully intact and operational.

"It has the best sound system on the East Coast that I've heard of," he says.

Burns says he appreciates house music's roots and tries to revisit the music of a decade past in the music he makes now.

"My personal goal," he says, "is to inflect my appreciation and respect for the history and sounds of older house music into newer technology, into newer producer techniques, so it's a fusion of both."

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