[Infographic] DJ Evolution

The year was 1857, and a man named Leon Scott invented the phonoautograph, the first device to record sound. This invention was followed by the phonographic cylinder by Thomas Edison, which allowed the playback of recorded sounds. Little did these two men phatom the magnitude of their inventions. They didn’t invent a machine; the birthed the music industry. The term disc jockey, or DJ was not coined until 1930. And the first man to use turntables to keep music playing continuously was Jimmy Saville, who in 1943 played jazz records “back-to-back” for his guests. This infographic explores the history of the DJ.

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[Infographic] Music Getting Physical – Vinyl’s Remarkable Revival

I have been collecting vinyl records since early 1994. The first house records I bought were tracks by Phuture, Stakker, Chemical Brothers, Orbital, Jeff Mills, Paul Mac and Underworld to name but a few. While I have been the butt of my colleagues jokes recently, for my persistence to sticking to the format like a fly to manure, today it looks like it is my digital peers who are getting stick. While the music newswires are dominated by headlines of unpaid artists and Beatport’s bankruptcy, one format is making a remarkable revival: vinyl. To me, I always considered vinyl DJ’s to be “real” DJ’s and I feel that a big part of the DJ industry becoming lame comes down to Digital DJing – or “D’Jukeboxing”. Underground tracks always come out on vinyl. So, from the get-go, I was just absolutely fascinated with turntables and vinyl. Anyway, I have collected some statistics which illustrate how much physical releases have grown in recent years and where I see the vinyl revival goingContinue reading