Everything I do that is connected to music stems from collecting records. These are some of my favourites from 2017.
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.
Every record is a limited release. There can be so many available. Finding and owning one gives me pleasure. There’s a big vinyl revival making waves these days. Personally, I think it’s because a vinyl record seems to be symbolic of the very heart and soul of music and is a big part of DJ culture going back to Larry Levan, Derrick May, Kool Herc and many others. I only play vinyl for a couple of reasons; about 80% of the music I find and love these days is vinyl only. With so many Djs out there nowadays, many, sounding painfully alike, I think the exclusivity that comes with vinyl give my mixes a special feel. At the end of the day, it’s always good to have a physical piece of your music. But most importantly it keeps the conversations DJ have to just music. Far too many DJs today talk about the technology; the mixers, the controllers and the software and much less about the music. I keep things simple; seeing the grooves on a record and comprehending where the sound comes from, and finding unique ways to complement tracks playing them together on two or three turntables.
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.