There’s few terms more ambiguous in the world of electronic music these days than ‘Deep House’. Ask any number of people dancing away in London’s East End on any given weekend and they would most likely point you towards the music of Dusky or Disclosure. Ask the decidedly different crowds to be found in underground venues in London or Berlin for example, and the chances are they might turn your attention to the lesser exposed sounds of Moomin or Steffi. The answer to the question of what truly defines the genre is an elusive, arguably impossible, one, but you could do a lot worse than holding up Detroit’s Rick Wade as an example. A self proclaimed ‘Deep House Soldier’, the Harmonie Park boss has been making music for more or less 20 years at a pretty astonishing clip. 2013 saw Rick put out a record nearly every month, adding to a Discogs page that’s an impressive four pages long. Skim through this extensive back catalog and you’d be incredibly hard pressed to find a single ‘bad’ Rick Wade record-a striking achievement for such a prolific artist.
A father of three, Rick makes no bones about the need to provide for his family as the reason behind his continual deluge of material. His overwhelming passion for making music and DJ’ing is also abundantly clear-an interesting counterpoint to his clearly stated professional ambitions.