The Rise and Fall of Hard House Music

In the early 1990s, a new genre of music emerged from the underground club scene in London. This new genre, known as hard house, was a harder, faster, and more aggressive version of the already popular acid house music. Hard house music quickly gained popularity in the UK and Europe and soon made its way across the Atlantic to the United States.

Hard house music experienced a brief period of popularity in the US during the mid-1990s. However, by the end of the decade, hard house had all but disappeared from American clubs and radio stations. So, what happened? How did hard house go from being one of the most popular genres of music to being virtually unknown?

There are a few factors that contributed to the decline of hard house music in America. First and foremost, the US market was simply not ready for such a niche genre of music. Hard house music was too underground and too experimental for mainstream America. Additionally, there was very little commercial appeal for hard house music. There were no major hits or crossover artists that helped to bring hard house to a wider audience.

Another factor that contributed to the decline of hard house music was the rise of other genres of electronic dance music (EDM). In the late 1990s, genres like trance and drum & bass began to gain popularity in America. These genres were more accessible and had more commercial appeal than hard house. As a result, they quickly eclipsed hard house in terms of popularity.

Finally, another reason why hard house fell out of favor was because it simply got too repetitive. The same four-on-the-floor beat was used over and over again with very little variation. This lack of variety made it difficult for listeners to maintain interest in hard house music for an extended period of time.

Hard House Music was popular for a hot minute in the 90’s but fizzled out just as quickly as it came onto the scene. It’s aggressive sound wasn’t quite ready for American audiences and it’s lack of commercial appeal didn’t help either. When compared to other EDM genres like trance and drum & bass, hard house just couldn’t keep up. And finally, its repetitive nature made it difficult for listeners to maintain interest. Though it’s not as popular as it once was, you can still find diehard fans of this 90’s genre pumping out those four-on-the-floor beats at underground clubs around the world.

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