Updated: Jun 9, 2022
The UK garage music genre has been around for quite some time, but its influence still remains strong, especially in the UK club scene.
At Garage Brunch, we aim to bring the iconic UK Garage sound back.
So, whether you're a fan of the old school tunes or you're just getting into the scene, there are definitely some things you should know about UK Garage.
Here are 19 facts that will help get you started!
19 Facts About UK Garage Music
1. UK Garage music is a genre of electronic music that emerged in the mid-1990s in the UK.
2. The style is a fusion of Chicago house, techno, acid house, and hip hop.
3. The term "garage" is derived from the use of home studios and samplers by early producers.
4. UK Garage sound was popularised by pirate radio stations such as Kiss FM and Rinse FM.
5. The sound of garage music is characterised by a 4/4 beat, deep basslines, and syncopated hi-hat patterns.
6. TJ Todd Edwards is a DJ and producer who is credited with helping to bring garage music to the UK. In the early 1990s, he moved to London and began DJing at clubs as well as producing his own tracks, which were heavily influenced by the garage sound.
7. The genre was further popularised by the release of the compilation album "True Garage" in 1996.
8. In the early 2000s, garage music experienced a revival thanks to artists such as So Solid Crew and Artful Dodger.
9. UK garage helped influence newer styles and genres that eventually became more popular such as dubstep, UK funky and grime.
10. Garage music has been described as "the sound of London".
11. Elephant and Castle was an important location for the early UK Garage scene. It was home to many pirate radio stations, which helped to popularise the genre. Additionally, the area was home to several nightclubs that played garage music, including Ministry Of Sound and Happy Days.
12. Eventually, early UK garage made its way to North London, where DJs manipulated and remixed the tracks faster, creating Speed Garage: a faster, more up-tempo variant of garage music.
13. The genre has produced many successful DJs and producers, including DJ E-Z Rock, Mr. Fingers, and Artful Dodger.
14. One of the most popular UK garage tracks is "Re-Rewind" by Artful Dodger. Released in 1999, the track was a massive hit, reaching number 2 on the UK charts. It is considered a classic garage track and has been sampled by many other artists.
15. Many Garage music artists have been nominated for the Mercury Prize such as Dizzee Rascal for his album, “Boy In Da Corner”.
16. UK Garage as a genre remains popular in other parts of the world, such as the US, Australia, and New Zealand.
17. Garage house is a genre of electronic dance music that combines the elements of garage and house music. It typically features a deep bassline and soulful vocals.
18. Future garage is a genre that combines elements of garage, house, and dubstep. The sound is typically characterised by deep, atmospheric basslines and ethereal melodies.
19. Some of the most popular future garage tracks include “Archangel” by Burial, “Far Nearer” by Jamie xx,l and "Overgrown" by James Blake.
That’s It For 19 Facts About UK Garage Music. Now It's Time To Experience UK Garage Music For Yourself...
Garage music has come a long way since its early days in the UK. Today, it’s a global phenomenon with fans all over the world.
If you haven’t had a chance to experience garage music live, now is your chance!
We host regular Garage Brunch events, packed with some of the best garage music, backed up by an amazing lineup of DJs that are sure to get your feet moving.
Each ticket includes bottomless drinks, delicious food & more with a whole afternoon of entertainment.
So grab your friends and join us for a day of fun and music!