Analog or Digital! The beginning or the ending of the vinyl disc jockey.

When you are djing and there is a skip in the record you can just move the needle. This has been my reasoning for continuing to use real vinyl records to rock the party.

I always have the same recurring nightmare with digital djing. One day I am djing for President Obama and he and Michelle are on the dance floor doing the bump and the snake. Just as Obama starts doing the running man the digital file that I am playing on the midi controller freezes. Everybody stops dancing, looks up at me and starts booing. Even Stacey Dash puts her arm around Obama and starts booing. (Damn Stacey of all the things to tweet!)

Sure I have had breaks from the pure vinyl, the IDJ, the IDJ 2, IPOD MIXERS and Serato, yet and still, I have always migrated back to mixing the 12 inch LP’s.

There is one big setback to using regular vinyl.
It is hard to get brand new hot joints on vinyl.

THAT SHOULD NOT BE AN EXCUSE.

If you are a REAL DJ, and can rock a party, the record collection should have no effect on the controlling of the crowd and how you pump up the jam. I have seen BIZ MARKIE rock a party with nothing but 45’s of old, old, old school music. I have seen Jam Master Jay just rock break beats. I have seen Grand Master D play the same two records and just cut and scratch a party with his own style. Hell I have seen my drunken Liberian Uncle play songs that I didn’t even understand the words to and tear the house down.

What denotes a Real DJ?

Not DJ’s who just slam records from one song to the next. Anyone can do that. My four year old can operate I-tunes and change songs.

THAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU A DJ!

Talking over the transition of the mix. Anyone can yell out, “The Roof is on Fire” just to get the crowd hyped. Anyone can play a pre-blended mix of , “Love Like This”, by Faith Evans that goes into the lyrics, “Engine-Engine number 9”, followed by, “Let Me Clear My throat”.

THAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU A DJ!

And… Mr. club attendee if you have left the dance floor because you heard the DJ play that mix 17 times in one night I feel your pain. HE WAS NOT A REAL DJ!

Technology has made people who love music and used to call it a hobby now think they are REAL DJ’s.

Mr new DJ, if you have to right your (BPM) beats per minutes down, just to know which records go together, and never had to just grab a record and adjust the pitch on the fly to get the records to mix together.

YOU ARE NOT A REAL DJ!

If you have to Google who made the song Brick House!

YOU ARE NOT A REAL DJ!

If you think a mix-tape is a rapper who is rapping over current rap music instrumentals!

YOU ARE NOT A REAL DJ!

If you never recorded the radio mixes to a cassette tape and then turned around and used the cassette tape live while you were djing a party

YOU ARE NOT A REAL DJ!

Don’t let technology write a check that your ass can’t cash. I have heard some of these new school digi-dj’s talk garbage about Funk Master Flex, Green Lantern, Jam Master Jay, Farley Jackmaster Funk and so on.

LET ME MAKE ONE THING PERFECTLY CLEAR!

Bad Boy Bill, Farley, Funk Master Flex and the others will allow you to get all the technology you can with your new DJ equipment, and then, they will take a frying pan, with a stick in the middle, the end of a safety pin, put a mouse in a wheel that allows the mouse to spin the vinyl record on the frying pan, have arthritis in both of there hands, be legally deaf in both ears, have two empty coffee cans as speakers;

AND STILL…be better DJ’s then you new school punks.

But even after all of that a major announcement has to be made!

IT IS TIME FOR DJ FINK TO MOVE OVER TO THE DIGITAL MP3 WORLD.

I hate it, I hate it, I hate it, I….
Hmmn wait a minute. There are some advantages!

1) This will allow me to play music that anyone makes.
2) I can have 60,000 songs under my control without having someone carry record crates into a party. My back has way too much to deal with (big belly) to start trying to carry milk cartons made in 1987 full of records into a party.
3) I can do things like make a song repeat, echo, phalander, and other cool tricks without using doubles of the same vinyl.
4) I can download a song via itunes right there on the spot live while djing the party. That means if anyone requests a song that I don’t have I can tell them to pay $5 for the request and make money downloading the song they wanted to hear.
5) I can look cool like I am hip to the latest and greatest trends.
6) I can play sound clips during my mixes. So If I want to sample anything from my favorite movies; Cooley High, Uptown Saturday Night, Belly, Knocked Up etc. I can play the audio while mixing it up at the party.

DJ FINK is about to start djing parties again. If you are an unsigned artists with good, radio and party playable music that moves the crowd, send me a sample to bybyvinyl@tastetvnetwork.com and if it is good I will included it in a mixtape and radio mix shows across the globe.

If it is really hot you may open up for us at one of the upcoming shows to start the new season.

Ok Digital Music world hear I come. Just gotta find out how to get some songs I recorded off of this 8 track tape first.

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  • Hi Fink,

    I appreciate the post. In this day and age it is much harder to get the upfront sounds on vinyl. Unless you are a top label A&R or huge dj that everyone is sending music to. Though I now appreciate a vinyl set from djs much more. Its usually sounds much better too. As long as the night promotes the fact that the dj is playing an all vinyl set it will help educate and set realistic expectations of the sound that night.

    I think djs collectors will keep vinyl alive, at least I hope. Keep rocking out the vinyl from time to time and let me know if the crow appreciates. Hope all is good in your world.

    John
    www.djjohnwayne.com

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