Groovetech EP 12 – CTRL ROOM: The Vinyl Connection

I bet you didn’t know this but  I’ve played digital sets and nothing sounds as good as a record coming through a sound system. Nothing! Music is a feeling and when you play vinyl, you’re relying on your senses far more intuitively to capture the audience in your narrative.  When you’re not interfacing with an LCD display, you become literate in this specific music and that knowledge stays with you. This is a much more human experience. Just the physical nature of putting on a record requires you to move your body. I might break my back to put a show together for you, but I hope it was as pleasing for the 2000+ viewers tuning in this past Tuesday as it was for me mixing for you.

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Groovetech Podcast 071 – Techno, House and Minimal

I belong to the very small group of people in Toronto who doesn’t live for weekends at Comfort Zone or getting music “tips” from TRC. I can’t remember the last time I saw a local DJ really break any boundaries, and I think that is because there is no experimentation in tech-house. It’s easy to copy a track you like, but there’s no soul. To me it’s boring. Choosing music with their own style is really important to me. Lately, I’ve come to find more and more people who feel like I do about the endless, mundane purgatory that is tech house.That’s until they suddenly remember they absolutely love it and dance jerkily away. Personally, I think you lose something when everything is exactly the same. So while I grimly contemplate how many more vodka soda’s the liver will have to suffer before night’s in Toronto begin sounding pleasing to my ears.

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Groovetech Podcast 070 – Techno, House and Minimal

What happened to Techno? What happened to the Underground? I suppose when a movement enters the limelight, it tends to get commodified, its roots be scorned. I went to a party over the weekend where DJ Godfather played an unbelievable set – just the type of Techno I grew up loving and got me into the scene. Nowadays most records sound like flubber to me. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that they aren’t hard or fast; tempo and aggression isn’t what I am referring to. It’s that too often, my peers seem to play bland boring sets of minimal or near-minimal tunes. The rudimentary “producer-gone-dj” formula of “buildup, peak, buildup, peak, repeat” with literally no disruption within the set. Yawn.

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