March 2018 – Vinyl DJ Mix – Is Techno Punk?

When I first discovered Techno, there was a little bit of animosity towards dance music in general. I think that has to do with the perception of the Techno scene not so much as a “classical” subculture, but as a pure “party culture”, which was great. It was very focused on music; politics or fashion did have little to no relevance.

That’s one of the big distinctions between techno and this washed-out thing called minimal, prog or tech-house. Techno is punk. It’s hopeful, but not escapist; it’s youthful but not ageist, it’s groove, not BPM. It’s formal expression is repetition variously inspired.

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Same Thing But Different – February 2018

I know that a lot of people often think of pounding, faster techno when they hear the DJ Name Rouchos, but I’m definitely so much more than just that. ‘Same Thing But Different ‘DJ Sets explore records collected over my 20 odd years as a DJ but couldn’t otherwise find a natural fit for in my regular podcasts.

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Groovetech Ep 21 – Vinyl Helps You Set Boundaries

It’s a cliché, but those who love vinyl often talk about the warmth of sound. For those purists out there, all of the problems associated with vinyl simply fade away when I put on a record and hear that sound crackle to life. I’ll admit, vinyl isn’t for everyone: it requires a particular type of listener. As a medium, vinyl pushes people to sit down and have music at the forefront versus just another track for a mix, a night at the club or a podcast. When something great comes along, it tends to stick around for a while. Vinyl has stood the test of time.If you think about it, can you name more than 5 formats with this much longevity?

Before I go too far off tangent, let’s just get straight to the point. I believe that there is value in setting boundaries. SELECTION is ALWAYS FIRST as a DJ. When you can have anything on a laptop, what kind of boundaries are you setting for yourself? 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 skill, talent, and ears.

But, that’s just one man’s opinion.

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Top Ten For February 2018 – Techno and House on Vinyl

Very few DJ’s are quite as empassioned about Vinyl and Techno music as I am. There’s also something I love about the ritual of packing a crate of records before a gig. It pushes you to know your music really well. When you only settle for the best, you have to go to the record store (or shop online) and pick up the good stuff, mainly because it’s available on vinyl. This is a list of current, relevant releases as selected by me. You can point out the ones I missed out in the comments section below.

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