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Rodney Bakerr, Chicago house icon, has died

He was known for writing patterns for Roland’s drum machines in the '80s

  • Tope Olufemi
  • 2 June 2021
Rodney Bakerr, Chicago house icon, has died

Rodney Bakerr, the veteran Chicago house producer, multi-instrumentalist, educator and visual artist, passed away due to a heart attack last week, reports 5 Mag.

Bakerr was known for writing house music patterns for Roland’s drum machines - his compositions became part of the Roland Drum Machine Dictionary, which had a large impact on the development of global electronic music.

Bakerr’s website cites him as the first to add live instrumentation to house and acid house. Many of his tracks are considered classics within the genre, with ‘Love Is Happiness (Acid Rain)’ being described as “one of the best Chicago acid tracks ever” by Mr Scruff.

The producer was also the frontman of Strange Circuits - recording a single for Wax Trax! In 1980. His website states that "Strange Circuits was the first electronic group, after Brian Eno's solo (or non-group) effort, to record for the Wax Trax! label before Ministry and Front 242."

Bakerr founded Rockin’ House Records in 1986, releasing Fred Brown’s ‘House Whop’ and E-Somoove’s ‘The Eric Miller EP’. The label supported the Chicago House sounds from its early origins.

Tope Olufemi is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow them on Twitter

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