I Miss Record Stores…

by thedj on July 19, 2013

A good friend of mine who ran lights for me at the club I used to work at recently made a comment about how it seems everybody’s a DJ now, and it didn’t used to be like that. This made me think, one of the main reasons that everybody thinks that they’re a DJ now is simply because of the accessibility. Nowadays you can become one in your bedroom on your computer by simply downloading a few programs and searching for some MP3s. When it was just vinyl you actually had to buy turntables and actively go out in search of music.

I personally don’t hold anything against all the people who are now calling themselves DJ’s because of the technology and the¬†accessibility. Shit, it’s A LOT easier but you still need to be creative. However, I do feel bad that they will never experience that feeling that I used to get every Thursday morning waiting for the UPS guy to deliver the newest imports to Y&T Records in Miami. The records would arrive and be unpacked and being one of the first to hear the next big record before most people was an amazing feeling. There are some records that I can still remember exactly where I was standing in Y&T when the record first got unpacked and put on the turntable. ‘Chemical Beats’ by the Dust Brothers (before they had to change their name to Chemical Brothers) was one of them. This record came out of the box and was put on the turntable and played over the speakers at Y&T –everybody in the place literally stopped what they were doing and ran over to get in line to ensure they would get a copy. This particular time only 3 copies came in (probably because it was brand new) so this is where record store politics came in a bit. I was there with Bruce Wilcox, this was a good thing because not only was Bruce one of the pioneering DJ’s of the Edge, he worked at Y&T and I used to drive with him to the record store most Thursdays so we could be the first in line when the records came out. So after some schmoozing Bruce and I walked out of there both with a copy and extremely excited.

On the way home we talked all about the perfect time to drop it and how excited we were to see the crowds reaction. This is just a small example of some of the enjoyment I used to get out of going to the record store every week and why I feel bad for a lot of today’s DJs in the digital world. I mean, how could you ever compare being in a record store with a bunch of other DJs and hearing that groundbreaking track for the first time and trying not to be obvious that you were making a b-line for the counter because you wanted that track first! You will never get that feeling sitting at your computer listening to music on Beatport¬†and searching blogs and then skyping your friend to tell him about that badass track you just got. It’ll just never be the same to me!

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