What is Green house music ?

Abstract :
– Green house music is more about feelings than classification actually.

The other day I was interviewed by David Snape and among his questions he asked me what the genre of music I do – Green house music – exactly is as he never heard of that particular genre.

Green house is a subgenre of house music I decided to define myself, to describe my own musical production. As nowadays’s music scene asks for genuine artists, I had to find really who I am, in order to produce music that focuses on what reflects the most my inner myself.

So I had to search for who I really am before. And my involvement in other forms of art – photography actually – got me the answer. After being nicknamed “Mr Green” for my green dominant pictures of leaves and other lush vegetal elements, I guess I found who I am : definitely a daydreamer looking for lush green warm environments. Thus my music had to reflect this.

Own cycas palm tree shot... guess why my fellow photographers call me "Mr Green !"

Own cycas palm tree shot… guess why my fellow photographers call me “Mr Green !”

Therefore, green house is green house because it is, unlike other house music styles, not inspired by urban environments, but rather by my favorite environment, that’s dominated by the green colors : green lush (rain) forests in hot climates (or in summer for more temperate climates), with lotsa leaves and lianas everywhere. A sunshine is not required (altough it’s welcome), but some tropical heat definitely is.

OK, so what comes in mind when you think about that environment ? Beaches. OK beaches are yellow through dark brown. Nothing green here. The sea… yep, this one is blue altough in some tropical paradises it can turn turquoise and even… green (see the andaman sea for example).

But that environment wouldn’t be what it is without it’s lush vegetation which is definitely… green !

Layers of leaves in a tropical green house... again, a great example of why I'm called "Mr Green" in the photography world

Layers of leaves in a tropical green house… again, a great example of why I’m called “Mr Green” in the photography world

So Green house is some house music inspired by the tropical nature. Yep, this could be a basic definition. But Green house is more than that. Green house is not only a style inspired by that lush nature, but also by the feelings it provides me : delight and bliss.

So we’re getting closer. Green house is the music about the delight and bliss the lush tropical nature provides me.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to the tropics or even if you visited a tropical greenhouse (another reason to call that style that way 😉 ), but when you’re there, the intense heat and moisture rather invites you to indulge yourself than to get excited. That’s why deep house is, unlike other house music styles like big room, not based on excitment and power, it’s rather a laidback style, that can be used both for dancing but also as background music.

While green house features a steady rhythm, this aspect is definitely not the one on which Green house music focuses the most on. Melody and atmosphere are equally, if not more important in that style, which also makes it very different from other styles of dance music.

Any idea why I'm nicknamed "Mr Green" ? ;-)

Any idea why I’m nicknamed “Mr Green” ? 😉

On the map of the music world, I guess Green house must be somewhere between ambient / new age (for it’s lush pads, its serene atmosphere and its spiritual involvement), deep house (well for… it’s deep house aspect), pop (for it’s melodic aspect) and trance music (for what it is too). So take those different styles, mix them, shake them, add a little bit of myself, and probably you’ll land with some green house music.

Lyrically, green house music is often very minimal. If not completely instrumental, its “lyrics” are mostly made of oh oh, mm, oye alike onomatopoeias or small slogan alike sentances. The reason behind this is simple to understand : Humanity has so little known times of bliss and delight that it doesn’t yet have the right words to express those feelings. Maybe in such cases the music itself just says everything.

Tracks by other artists that could definitely have been described as green house music are pieces like Ferry Corsten’s A day without rain, 16 bit Lolitas‘s Premium emo or Croquet club‘s Only you can tell. The 1st one is trance music, the two later ones are deep house, but all are green house to my ears 🙂

Ferry Crosten’s A day without rain.

If there’s a place in the world that could define Green house more than another, I guess it must be tropical north Queensland, Australia. OK, I know, that’s just on the other side of the world for me, but maybe that’s also why it defines my music so well : isn’t the other side of the world what every daydreamer wishes ?

The daintree rainforest in Tropical North Queensland, Australia, or atleast the vision I have of it embodies probably the best the ideal of green house. It’s green, it’s lush, it invites to indulgement, and it’s both calm and so full of life.

The daintree rainforest in Tropical North Queensland, Australia.

Some rhythm, some melody, electronic instruments with a few wooden percussion, passion for nature, daydreaming, feelings of bliss and delight… all this defines green house music.
As you can see, it’s far from a scientific definition, and thus its boundaries may be blurry and definitely designed to remain as such.

Green house music is more about feelings than classification actually. That’s why it’s so difficult to define… but so easy to recognize.

But probably the best way to discover green house music is to listen to some, and to feel its heart and soul…

Note : All pictures, except those in the videos and one of my artworks are taken from my green photography series that gave me the “mr green” nickname in the photography world.


Why didn’t I embrace an existing genre ?

Abstract :
– Genres are prisons… so rather build your own rather than let you get jailed into another one.
– Great genres get recuperated by the mainstream pop culture and often lose their identity by this process.

There are many genres of music around, and those genres have subgenres, and those subgenres even more subgenres… why did I decide to add another leaf to that already heavy tree by “inventing” the “green house” music style ?

The answer is quite simple : by inventing my genre, I invent my rules, and do not have to submit myself to rules other have defined. In other words, this turns me into a trendsetter rather than into a follower. Of course, my music isn’t born from nowhere and has roots in many previously existing styles : deep house, ambient, trance, pop… plus my little personnal touch. Thus you can say green house lives a bit where all those genres meet.

Yet to make this successful my music had to be slightly different from the rest and it is. Reasons why will be discussed in an upcoming post called “What is green house music ?

By definining my music as green house, I thus avoid all the sterile specialists debates whether I am or I am not in the genre I pretend to be. And those debates bore me to death. Some (sub)genres are that defined that its almost impossible to create something new in that framework. Thus setting myself free from some too rigid rules simply gives me the air I need to have my music breathing.

The other issue is that some genres that inspired me got their names recuperated by the  mainstream. Don’t get me wrong on this : if a genre really gets mainstream, that’s 100% ok to me… but if the name of a genre with some serious street credibility like deep house is used to describe something else, the genre loses its credibility in the underground spheres without fooling anyone nor getting underground respect for the mainstream song that “steals” the style name.

For example, some press say Julian Peretta‘s song “Miracle” were deep house music… to my ear it’s definitely no deep house, but rather a great electronic pop track !

Miracle by Julian Peretta

By calling “Miracle” deep house, it frustrates every real deep house fan in the world, and this fustration can cause some serious harm to what in fact is a great electronic pop track.

Loyal deep house fans will feel frustrated as the image the mainstream audiance will habe of their favorite genre will be biased. Some more hardcore freaks will even complain that their once niche style, that only them and a few other diehard underground fans knew, will get too “commercialized” and then turn itself into a fad, that the style they like will be turned into a soon has-been style… without even being recognized for what it really is.

It will also frustrate the mainstream audiance, who likes that “Miracle” song, and who’ll then google for more deep house, find some genuine one… but it won’t be what they will expect, as they won’t find miracle-alike songs in that genre.

This is some real deep house !

In other words, such moves will frustrate almost everybody. Another example that shows that Albert Camus was right when he said that “naming things poorly adds trouble to the world”.

By saying my music is Green house and by defining the genre, I avoid being caught by the guardians of musical orthodoxy. Yep green house isn’t coming out of nowhere, its got it’s origins in deep house, ambient, trance and pop music… but also deep in my heart and soul !

In other words : I invented a word to describe myself… that can’t be wrong as it’s defined by itself !