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"Before house music, a lot of the DJs on Chicago radio were playing a lot of Italian imports because I think the Italians were the only ones that continued with the disco when it all died out everywhere else. --Juan Atkins

Record labels: DJ International - Emergency records - Jump Street records - EasyStreet - Movin records - Quark records - Sleeping Bag records - Trax - Supertronics

Proto-house is house music avant la lettre, before the term house music was coined. A somewhat simplified definition of house music is "Philly disco + Japanese music machines = house music." --Sholem Stein

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Proto house music is the name given to "house music" avant la lettre, from the period 1982 - 1984. One aspect of the music was the "dub thing in disco" in records such as "Thanks to You" and "Don't Make Me Wait " (Shep Pettibone interviewed by Steven Harvey). This was the period before Frankie Knuckles moved to Chicago where he opened the Warehouse, before Trax Records was founded, during which there were already some New York labels and tracks that we might call proto house.

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