the home of House music, we have always stayed away from an about us page believing it is not about us, rather it is about the music and the incredibly talented, grounded DJs who perform with it. However, we are forever being asked the questions, “why Housemasters, why did you start and what are your plans? So, here is a little information about the site, it’s birth, growth and its bright future.
Started in January of 2014 as a get away, at a time when the internet was flooding with forum based “stations” that would appear and disappear in a matter of months, there was a need for a place where music was important, somewhere where the DJs appreciated the passion and ethos of the music that was being shouted about.
After many years performing on other stations and after becoming tired of the internet silliness “some” of these sites seemed to enjoy, it was time to do the do and get something started that could be called home, somewhere where the music was the most important aspect, somewhere DJs could have fun, interact with fellow music lovers, perform and be totally free of any bad vibes experienced elsewhere. The internet can be a rather cruel place and tiredness of “bad egg” Djs whos image and ego was more important than anything else it started having an effect on a 30 year DJ career, running to the hills Housemasters was born.
V1 of Housemasters radio was itself a forum based site, very basic indeed with an add on chat room which would crash and stutter just when you looked at your screen. We really started with 2 DJs and at that time gathered a whopping 5 or 6 listeners. It was very slow but we hadn’t started it for popularity, it was ours, it was peaceful and it was right. We thought it was great at the time, we do look back now and shudder, as it was just awful. Visually it must of had the appeal of a squashed banana covered in burnt hair but with our ethos of “no nonsense, no bad vibes, just music” we stood out and we quickly started attracting DJs. We now have one of the most advanced and interactive chat rooms on the net, “The Lounge” which has been tested beyond our dreams as we proudly stick with our own ethos on how it should be done.
Growing popularity came at a cost, the site would crash, the chat box would go wild when we had 8 people in and cries of “refresh, refresh” often appeared in caps on the screen as we struggled in panic to reboot an over worked system. Yes, back then popularity really did mean 8 people on site, to make things worse, we had no idea of code, no knowledge of the inner workings of what we were using so when it went wrong it would do so spectacularly as we scratched bold spots into our hair and hoped. We have moved on slightly from 8 listeners where our event days always attract thousands of unique listeners from around the world.
Of course stability issues in our infancy cost us a few Djs, this is understandable but it was only a few, again our ethos stood out and strong, those who picked up on this stayed with us and 3 years later they are still with us, boasting over 400 live, scheduled shows as well as countless unscheduled performances. This attitude shared by us and all has changed the site immensely. From a get away, to a hobby and onto the life controlling beast it is now, Housemasters has become a driving force with ambitions that are cemented.
From 2 DJs we now schedule live shows from DJs across the globe, from the UK, Latvia, Canada, Thailand, America and more, reaching listeners in over 100 countries, growing into a truly global community. Not only do we share our love of music and performance on Housemasters, we make friends and this, well it’s hard to describe the feelings it gives to know this. To watch the interaction that goes on within the lounge is quite something, always happy vibes matching the music and always a warm welcome to new comers. Chat rooms can be a daunting place, we like to think ours is not.
Housemasters grows and it encourages all to get involved. From the beginners, the hobbyists to the seasoned and a few club legends, everyone is getting involved, everyone wants a part of it. If you had said 3 years ago that one day the likes of Paul Bleasdale (Cream), Cameron Dante (Bizarre Inc) Allister Whitehead (Hacienda) would one day be Housemasters residents, well, a giggle would have been had. Idols have played here, with guest shows from the likes of the mighty Trevor Fung, one of the Ibiza founders of course and Mark Archer (Altern8). Support comes from everywhere, DJ NiPPER, Bret Gould, The Snuff Crew, Joe Smooth and more, honestly, it’s mind blowing.
We celebrate our residents as we wonder on our luck having gathered such a great bunch to one place. there is no ego here, no Jesus posing, no nonsense, only support and togetherness, it gets no better than that.
None of this would have been possible without our ethos, we do not blow our own trumpet, despite being told we should, this is not us. What we do boast about is our members, our DJs and our fans. As mentioned already, the site is a community, a community that gets involved with all aspects of the station. Everyone working, not only to grow in the right direction but together in maintaining this wonderful reputation that we have. An example of this is our funding.
At the start, Housemasters cost the grand sum of 5 little pounds a month, it costs a considerable amount more today, much, much more and we cover our costs solely on donations. Generous subscriptions and donations offered by those who support the site for the benefit of all. This support not only keeps us in operation but has allowed us the opportunity to have the growth we so much enjoy together, purchase valuable idents for our DJs and the site. Everything you see on Housemasters is made possible by our gold members who we offer much love, thanks and warmth to.
Blowing just one note of our trumpet, our song is this – we must be doing something right, from the support of all our members, gold or not, to that of the clubland legends mentioned above who see the passion, the drive the love enough to come and play not for us but with us. WOW!
Well, it’s bright as they say, very bright. Housemasters has the reputation and we are building on it each day, as a community we protect and maintain it. It has taken 3 years of 18 hour days, many, many sacrifices and many tears building Housemasters, it really has been incredibly hard work but we are starting to see some light. It is quite unbelievable when we hear of DJs that are perfecting demo sets to submit to us so they can request a show with us. Our schedule has gone from empty to difficult and confusing, isn’t that just great? With the enthusiasm of our members matching that of station goals and many others wanting involvement in what we do, we see no limits to the fun and success we can share together.
We are not static and are working hard to include rich content within the site itself. Our aim is to become a hub, not only a place to be seen but a worthy place to go when searching for new talent, top Djs, scene news, everything a DJ, Producer or music fan needs will be here for them. We are now at a stage so far removed from our place “to hang out” that we actively encourage partnerships, offering the opportunity to share in what we have developed here. A time will soon come when some will have missed the bus, so to speak. We have plans that will cement our future and make the name Housemasters a name that proves quality.
We thank you all for your involvement, often your patience and understanding, your support, your commitment and your love.
It really is rather emotional trying to write this, it is very important, extremely heartfelt and because of you.
HMR / Bailey / Adam Roberts
Housemasters schedule Manager / Oldskool Masters – Adam Roberts
Editor – Ellie W
Social Media Editor – Phil Hickson
House Chart Compiler – Starfrit
Tech House Chart Compiler – DJ B
Techno Chart Compiler – Nims
Tech Advisor / Editor – DJ125er
Editor – Kenny Boyd
ADAM ROBERTS / ADE HOLT / AL CATTLE / BAILEY / CAMERON DANTE / CHRIS S / CHRIS WOOD / CLARKEE
DAVE WHITEHEAD / DJ 125ER / DJ ASTRO / DJ B / DJ F / DJ KWIK / DJ NiPPER / DJ STARFRIT / DRU LEWIS
FRANNY CURLETT / GREGORY-MARC MONTEITH / JIM PAPE / JJ PARKER / JK RICH /JOHN JOHNSON
KENNY BOYD / MARK BOOTH / MARK FRYERS / MARK MADDOX / MARK PEMBERTON / MATT MATHESON
NIMS / PARKY / PAUL BLEASDALE / PHIL HICKSON / RDOT / ROBBIE AVERY / SIMON LEE FAWCETT / TONY CLARKE / TREVOR FUNG