There comes a time in every old school DJs life when technology stares them dead in the face and chellenges them to jump on board . I’ve been a crate digger and vinyl head for longer than i care to remember and have always championed the value of learning the art and science of DJing with the big black discs. Getting your hands on the music. and manipulting that media something that until very recently , you coul’nt even begin to do or experience with CDs. CDs were hailed as the vinyl-killer i i had a near complete contempt for any so called dj that had never touched plastic. Now the MP3 ‘s have kicked in and certain dj’s are running round london pressing automix buttons while they pretend to do something (like twiddling controls or messing with effects)- Hell, If I lined ‘em up right,my iPod could do that
So – Why this blog entry??
Well Late 2007 I’d just finished playing at the now defunct CC club in Piccadilly and I was making my way back to my car with about 3 bags of records. I bumped into another DJ I know used to play vinyl, he was happy because he had one bag of cds-as back up- and his back pack had a serato box and his laptop in it. Light as a feather in comparison. 10 minutes later and feeling a little more tired than before.. i bump into another ex vinyl head .. stopped for a chat ( and to catch my breath). Once again he had a wheely box with just serato and macbook in it. I know in the states .. a shit load of djs use serato ..and after a return to the road after xmas and NYE i found myself carrying tunes again . I sat and thought hard weighing up the pros and cons and realised that If I get booked internationally again I’d rather not pay the excess charge like I did on the way to stockholm.. and I’d rather not lug all my shit down Regent street again. I’d rather save my precious vinyl and my back.
I decided -I’m going SERATO. Me!! the Vinyl preacher!! I still get to play like it is plastic but wont have to walk like I’m carrying it all .
I’ll let you know how it goes.
i see it as an investment in my carrer and my health..