Rahaan plays Million Dollar Disco
- Dave Pollock
- 28 April 2010
Also known as
His full name, Rahaan Young
Disco-house mogul of more than 20 years’ experience.
Where did he come from?
Chicago, Illinois, where he first became involved with music in 1987 as part of battle dance crew The Chuck Brothers. Originally eight-strong, the Brothers would take their show to venues around the city like the Power House, the Muzik Box and Reactor, where they found themselves turned onto the sound of Chicago house just as it emerged onto the big stage. Among the mixtapes from local DJs which they would use to practice with, those of the late Ron Hardy were a big inspiration: before long, half of the Brothers would go on to DJ themselves.
Where did he go?
Around the clubs of Chicago quite vigorously, but only until the year 1990. That’s when Rahaan got married, settled down and moved to Wisconsin, his main musical contribution in this period being the building up of an impressive collection from the local music store. When he split from his partner in 1996, he moved back to Chicago and fell back in with the Chuck Brothers.
Where is he now?
Having rebuilt a following around his home city and released a handful of productions over the last decade (on Four Play, Jiscomusic and most recently Stilove4music), Rahaan is gaining recognition around the world as a producer and DJ of uptempo disco-house cuts and edits which retain a soulful vocal style. This will be a repeat visit to Million Dollar Disco, the club which first brought him to Scotland, and they’re a perfect fit for one anther.
Rahaan plays Million Dollar Disco at the Big Joint, Glasgow, Sun 2 May.