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.
Music wise, we started off with some of my housier selections with tracks by some of my all time favourites; Samuel L Session and Jorge Zamacona just to name a couple (Cheers for that one Paul!). Building the set up in to two solid hours of proper Techno Music, digging deep in to my collection when necessary unearthing some real gems from back in the day like Jeff Mills “Suspense”. Towards the end, we brought the set full circle and back to house, ending the 3 hour set with a little known gem by Subotic (remember what I said about vinyl’s exclusivity?).
Before I sign off I should congratulate CTRL ROOM for reaching (now surpassing) 500 recordings. The guys are running a straight ship and doing fantastic work introducing new DJs and sounds to the Toronto Audience. Before you know it the barrier of 1000 will be broken.
If you got a few minutes I encourage you to follow them on their main channels. I have posted links to them below.
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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”.