Florida breaks, also referred to as Florida breakbeat, is a genre of breakbeat music which, as the name suggests, is most popular in the areas around the US state of Florida but is recognized as a unique sound around the world. Florida breaks became popular in the club culture of the southeast United States during the mid and late 90s. Its sound at that time was described as 'funky' and often included recognizable samples from 80s pop, funk, and hip hop. Its current sound has a lot in common with nu skool breaks although it is also influenced by other music popular in the same area such as freestyle, electro and Miami bass. Its largest influence was in the clubs of Tampa as the more popular DJs in this genre hail from that city. More recently, Floridians have taken to calling the genre electro breaks despite the lack of electro characteristics included in the tracks, but this is most likely due to the parallel electronic dance music sub-genre of electro bass being billed at many of the same events as Florida breaks.
Florida Breaks Artists
While Kimball Collins and Dave Cannalte were promoting the sounds of progressive house and trance at the legendary Ahzz, DJ Stylus & D-Xtreme are considered the pioneers since it is they who inspired and introduced countless patrons of the Abyss in Orlando to the genre of Breakbeat. Brad Smith and Huda Hudia were regular guest DJ's at the Abyss as they too were promoting and playing breakbeat at residencies in Tampa. The first production in Florida Breaks can be attributed to DJ Icee or now known as DJ Icey. His numerous labels and countless releases served as the pioneering sound of Florida Breaks, and he was the first to put Florida Breaks on the map globally. Later successful productions were followed by Brad Smith, Huda Hudia, & Dave London. It was the efforts of these first 6 artists that paved the way for other Florida Breaks artists, who in their own right, successfully followed. They are in no order, Friction & Spice, DJ X, Funk Lab, Mike & Charlie, Tony Faline,Mike Anthony, DJ Baby Anne, DJ Sharaz, Eric Berretta, Fixx, Kenny Styles, Rob-E & Security, Infiniti, Jackal & Hyde, Rick West, R-Fresh, DJ Volume, Malicious Mike, DJ 43, and Dave Berg, along with other countless artists all of whom promoted, produced, and pioneered what is now known as “Florida Breaks.”