Chicago’s Dance Mania Label Ushers in Ghetto House Music

The Dance Mania label grew organically out of a record store distribution and retail operation, building off local DJs who couldn’t keep up with demand as ghetto house exploded in the late 80s. The old house heads didn’t approve because the new stuff was gloriously obscene, but the kids loved it and would buy any new release just because of the Dance Mania reputation. After ceasing operations in 2001, the label relaunched in 2013 due to ongoing demand and the booming EDM scene. FACT takes a look back at Chicago’s beloved homegrown label.

“No one was doing the type of music we were doing”: An oral history of Dance Mania, 3.4.14