Written by - Egyptian Lover
This is The Egyptian Lovers take on Vinyl Vs. C.D.'s
"Personally I like the Vinyl because I am an Old School D.J. and
that is what I started out using. There is nothing better than Two Turntables
and a mixer. Mixing and Scratching with all those Classic Record labels.
Just seeing an old record gives me thrills. I remember when I went into
the record shop and saw a new Tommy Boy Record and bought it and by chance
it was really good. I mixed it with Planet Rock. Boy did I pick a cool
one. It was Planet Patrols "Play at your own Risk". If it was
not for the visual of seeing that lable, I never would have bought it.
Seeing the record is all the fun. Touching and pulling it out your crate
and putting it on the turntable and seeing all the record loving junkie
D.J.'s trying to look and see what ya playing next was pure joy."
the times have changed and there are so many D.J.'s playing on C.D.'s.
To me it is such a boring show. No records, No Labels, No Crates, No
Show. I did a Gig last month with another D.J. and he played on C.D.'s
and I played records. When he played, the sound was very clean and it
sounded very very digital. Kinda like a loud I-POD. People danced and
seemed to have a good time. He played all the hits and some great mixing
as well. The mixes were perfect. He even had some pre-mixed songs already
recorded on C.D. from this computer program that he could edit songs
and burn them on C.D. Yea that was cool! As the people danced and danced.
it was my turn to D.J.
I dug in my record crate and pulled out Planet Rock. As soon as people
saw I had a record in my hand they started to crowd around the turntables.
"WOW! That's Planet Rock" someone said. "I got that record."
"Look at him mix it!" More and more people crowded the turntables
and the floor got more packed than ever before. The reason being the
sound was BIG and full of BASS. You could hear the static on some parts
of the record and also see me flip it over and over as I mixed that
record to death. Then I started to play it backwards and even the C.D.
D.J. stopped what he was doing and started looking at what I was doing.
He was amazed that a record could do so much. Then I pulled Electric
Kingdom and mixed it in and started mixing it all over again. The floor
stayed packed my whole set. It was the sound that hypnotized the crowd.
Plus seeing the records fly on and off the turntables was a joy in itself.
I have so many hard to find classic records that people lost their minds
as I played classic jam after classic jam.
my set, so many D.J.'s gave me props on the show and many said that
the records was cool to see.
the next D.J. started to play on serato? Records with a digital feed.
Sounded like another huge I-Pod. The crowd walked away from the D.J.
Booth and went back to their worlds. Did not even want to watch him
get down. As he did more searching on his computer for songs than he
all this to say...
If you just want people to dance, use what ever you want to use. But
know this, If you are a good D.J. who can rock two turntables then rock
two turntables. People will appreciate the show and enjoy the sound
a lot more.
ya next month with more on Serato and Traveling with Records in todays
Egyptian Lover signing off.