Learn to produce Tech House Music Like Fisher. In the last few years, as dance music has increasingly gone more populist with deep house and nu-disco dominating the airwaves, some producers have been pushing to keep things techno-focused. One such act is Fisher, a Glasgow-based producer that’s been on our radar since last year with their dark and ultra raw tracks.
The term “Tech House” was coined in 1992 by DJ Hardy at the notorious Warp nightclub. The genre is a sub-genre of electronic music that usually has four to eight bar phrases, a four to eight bar loop, and sparse vocals. In the late 90s, people often referred to it as “Chicago House”.
When producing music in the Tech House genre there are some defining characteristics of the sound. Phrases are broken up in the same fashion as house with a four bar phrase taking place and having only one or two instruments that refrain from the beat. In order to keep the music fresh, producers often add irregular phrases, beats and different sounding percussion. The repetitive nature of the beats and phrases often found in this genre makes it a bit harder to focus on creating interesting musical grooves (Ableton Live, 2004).
The drum patterns associated with Tech House typically have a medium to fast tempo range which many times is not more than one hundred twenty-four beats per minute (BPM). However, there are some breaks in tempo where the beat can slow down below one hundred BPM (Ableton, 2004).