A Return to Vinyl Only Dance Sets

I just always had more fun DJ-ing with vinyl records than with digital files. Nothing beats the physical connection of a real record, not even a Traktor Scratch system. Not to mention there’s also a plus towards the physical limitations of performing with vinyl records. The limits of your record bags means you have a much better overview of the collection you’re going to be playing from. You really know the material you’re going to be performing with, which tends to improve my set. You can artificial limit yourself with digital files as well of course but for me, that just never happens to the extend it does with vinyl. Also, physical ordering works a lot better for me than digital tagging. One look at a vinyl label and I can immediately make a mental connection with the music it represents. Not so much with mp3 files though. Having too big of a digital collection means struggling to get everything tagged and archived. Also,a lot of my digital music doesn’t have any artwork with it and the tiny thumbnail size of it doesn’t help much either.

Across town, one of the oldest record stores in LA is Bagatella Records in Long Beach. Owner Steve Mintz is a bit more trepidatious about the a resurgence in DJs playing wax. He’s seen younger people getting into the market,

As a hobbyist I’m neutral. I love finding, having and holding vinyl, I love using two turntables and a mixer, as a sensory experience for both the DJ and the audience there’s still nothing that can match it.

Jason Fioto, a regular at Manhattan clubs Marquee and 1 Oak, heads this entertainment company, which provides tunes for about 50 nuptials a year. Clients include luxury brands such as David Yurman and Louis Vuitton. From $3,000.

But we suspect the ploy goes further—after all, the YouTube video of their performance is presented by Tomorrowland, the same festival where, in July 2014, the DJs’ team allegedly paid women to roam around with iPads, asking attendees if they wanted to vote in the DJ Mag poll. Everyone who agreed was then presented with a page where they were required to vote for Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. With this in mind, there’s a good chance this all-vinyl set was just another “clever” marketing ploy cooked up by the DJ duo.

This is the best summary of why vinyl won’t overtake digital again, for DJing purposes. For audiophiles and collectors it could be a different story. I started out on vinyl and like the sound, but I’ll never go back for DJing because it’s too expensive, hard to find every track, takes up too much space, and is difficult to transport. CDJ 1000s were decent, but having to worry about which combination of tracks to burn on a given disc (and needing two copies of each) was a huge hassle. I’m happy with Traktor and an S4 now, and I don’t even have a Macbook


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