Tropical house was created almost by accident by Australian DJ Thomas Jack, who used the name flippantly without intending to spawn a genre. Whilst embracing its tunes, Thomas Jack is wary of being labelled as the originator of something that is not his as it grows in size and transforms from its origins. Yet the music that would now come under the tropical house genre had existed a decade before it was named, with the likes of French DJ Bob Sinclair playing tunes that would now be classed as this early in the millennium.
Tropical house became a universal influence when pop acts realised its happy and relaxed vibe could turn it into worldwide sales and credibility. The most notable example of this is Justin Bieber, who transformed his own image and the awareness of tropical house with songs such as Sorry in 2015 that fit the template and were hugely popular. But the undisputed pioneer of the tropical house movement is back in the dance world, as Norwegian DJ Kygo epitomises the genre and plays headline sets alongside longtime established artists at festivals across the land.
The genre of tropical house has quickly moved from not existing to being abbreviated, as it is now spoken of as trop-house, both in classic dance music circles and the more mainstream world that it has stepped into. It is currently in an exciting place, acknowledged and accepted by its cool origins and the mainstream public alike, and could go in any direction from here.