Florida breaks

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Florida breaks is a genre of breakbeat music which, as the name suggests, is most popular in Tampa and Orlando in the state of Florida, USA. places around the globe also refer the genre as The The Orlando breaks or Tampa Breaks sound. Which started in random warehouse locations promoted by regulars and then quickly morphed and became a popular club culture during the mid 90's and peaked by 2000.[1]

Its sound at that time was described by the scene as 'funky' and often included recognizable samples from 1980s pop, funk, and hip hop records. 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. More recently,[when?] 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 subgenre of electro bass being billed at many of the same events as Florida breaks.[citation needed]All the while Icey, Kimball Collins, DJ Stylus, D-Xtreme, Brad Smith and Huda Hudia were initial regular & guest DJ's introducing patrons weekly to the genre of Breakbeat at clubs called Abyss, Icon, The Edge, Ahzz, Firestone, Ozone & Parthenon with some of the most infamous later being called Outerlimits, Amphlitheatre and Cyberzone. Soon thereafter the sound was accepted at festival raves like Zen, Hyperspace & Usyia to name a few.

Florida breaks artists[edit]

DJ Icee (now DJ Icey) was an early producer of Florida Breaks.[2] His record labels and numerous releases were a pioneering sound of Florida Breaks, and he was one of the first to put Florida Breaks on the map globally. [2]

Quickly there-after successful record/ label productions were followed by Brad Smith, Huda Hudia, & Dave London. It was the efforts of these first 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, Fixx, Mike Le, Skynet, Mojo, Raz, Kenny Styles, Rob-E & Security, Infiniti, Dynamix II  Jackal & Hyde, Rick West, Eric Berretta, R-Fresh, James Wolfe, DJ Volume, DJ 43, Superfly Jeff & DJ Shakka, Chris and Perry Domingo, Agent K & Bella & Doc Roc along with other countless artists all of whom promoted, produced, and pioneered what is now known as Florida breaks.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Gettelman, Parry (February 9, 1997). "The Orlando Sound Although Hard To Define, It's Hot Among Lovers Of Underground Dance Music". orlandosentinel.com. The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 5, 2015. Orlando club kids first encountered the style in the late '80s at the old Beacham Theatre ... on Orange Avenue where DJs such as Kimball Collins, Dave Cannalte, Chris Fortier and Andy Hughes got their start at Aahz dance nights. 
  2. ^ a b Le-Huu, Bao (November 28, 2015). "AAHZ respects the breaks that made Orlando global, overdue propers for DJ Stylus (The Beacham)". Retrieved December 1, 2015. {blog}

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