Groovetech EP 18 – A good DJ is like a good chess player

Like most of the way we talk about music, discussion about DJs is full of mysticism and abstract ideas about “vibe”, “reading the room”, or “building a set”. For me, a good DJ is like a good chess player; they have to be able to think ahead and see the bigger picture. Knowing which tracks, in which keys, in which BPMs, work together. Personally, nothing beats the joy of owning a record collection and warm feeling of knowing that you have mixed every track together yourself using nothing but your own talent & skill.

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CTRL ROOM Presents M4 – A 42 Hour DJ Marathon to Raise Funds for Sistering – Women’s Shelter

Hey guys. On November 10th and 11th 2017, I will be joining 40 of Toronto’s finest DJs, playing music for 42 straight hours to raise for the continued operations of CTRL ROOM while also raising much needed funds for Sistering, a local women’s organization that offers emotional and practical support for women enabling them to take greater control over their lives.

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Groovetech EP 17 – Science Says Vinyl Sounds the Best

I came across an interesting article on Scientific American this week which details the science behind why vinyl sounds better than any other format. I always found that playing vinyl loud to be more comfortable to listen to than lets say a mp3, but I believed it had to do with its production value, compared to unmastered tracks one comes across on beatport.

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Groovetech EP 16 – What’s The Shelf Life of a Digital Library?

I had an interesting month in August. I visited Cyprus for a couple of weeks for a wedding among other social obligations. I went through my collection of old CDs – music, and software (games to be specific). I tried to install the original Fifa International Football Game on my computer – in part to satisfy my inner teenagers yearn to waste some time. But I quickly realized what a process it can be to install a game designed for computers in the 90s on a modern laptop. It just won’t work. That got me thinking. What is the shelf life of a digital library?

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Groovetech EP 15 – Vinyl Only In The Digital Age

I love the organic visceral nature of the record, a piece of plastic that can bring forth such wondrous sound. It’s all pretty weird when you think about it, some sort of wonderful sonic voodoo. It’s a historical document of another time, another place, another me and a very interesting stop off traveling the road map of the records shelf-life. Personally, I find that producers who release their music exclusively on vinyl are more in touch with the underground. In the digital age, there is no shortage of house and techno for the DJ who is a bit casual or just starting out, but I find the generic formula of build-ups and breakdowns, which makes up a significant majority of these releases, a bit of a turn-off.

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