Confucius, one of the best life philosophers once wrote a chapter on the proper way of lying in bed. “Never lay straight” in bed, “like a corpse”, but always curled up on one side he says. While this doesn’t make great story telling, how aptly he describes the rudiments of curling up your legs in bed speaks volumes about one thing many artists and fans alike seem amiss: music is an experience.
The more luxurious that experience is, the better. I am not the only person pointing out that vinyl has been on the rise having been considered “dead” by the hip crowds and music executives alike for the better part of a decade. Yet, vinyl keeps chugging along, reaching new record high’s last year in the UK and the US. I’ve invested my time (and loads of my money) providing music as an experience, as I believe that is the reason why music consumers, audiophiles and some DJs are turning back to it. There’s something special about unwrapping a new record, pulling it out of its sleeve, and carefully laying it down on your turntable for the first time. Few things can be as interactive as flipping a record over to it’s b-side, making the listening experience something in which you are physically involved with. A far cry from the mostly visual experience of digital.
Music wise this month we heard Alexander Dniel, Rumah, Dast, Clouds, Mental Resonance among others, with styles ranging from Funky House to Slamming Techno. Special thanks must go out to the over 1000 viewers on Facebook as well as the CTRL ROOM crew, that’s Hubert and Lawrence to be specific, for their wonderful and committed work to giving Toronto a genuinely musical space without the “riff-raff” of club politics. Much appreciated guys. If you got a few minutes I encourage you to follow them on their main channels. I have posted links to them below.
In the meantime, enjoy the embedded video below, or, listen to the full 3 hour show on Mixcloud.
Be a Guest on the Show
If you play underground music, I want to hear from you. Send me a message including a link to your mixcloud or soundcloud and thoughts about your music convictions and if things work out I would be privileged to have you on the show in the future. Consider this: it’s all about the heart and soul so what I want to hear is a mix that you really feel and like, not just something to get more fans or gigs. It’s not about you – its about the music.
Andreas Marouchos (Short, Rouchos), is a DJ from Toronto. Playing Techno and House, Andreas has been a professional DJ since 1998, playing sets in four countries. He is also a podcasting pioneer, with live audio and video mixes stretching as far back as the last millennium. Despite the progress of technology, Andreas still collects and spins 100% of music on Vinyl as he believes that “putting a laptop between a DJ and the crowd seems boring”.