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Why You Should Stop CDJ Shaming (A Message to Vinyl Purists)

 

It seems that the prevalence of CDJ shaming is a direct result of the rise of vinyl-exclusive DJs.

Hey, I incredibly enjoy an all vinyl set when it comes around, but to those who negatively label CDJ users as talentless laypersons are completely missing the point.

Technology has directly revolutionized the dance music community, especially with regards to accessibility, capability, and creativity when it comes becoming and being a DJ in today’s world.

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2017: The Year Vinyl Became A Billion Dollar Industry Again

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Judging by the amount of love for vinyl these days you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d accidentally stepped through a time wormhole and landed back in the ’70s. The truth is that the love for records is at an all-time high, the industry enjoying a resurgence of unexpected proportions that will see it become a billion dollar industry by the time the clock strikes midnight on the 31st of December 2017.

The prediction comes from research by Deloitte reported on by FT, with sales expected to record double-digit growth for the seventh consecutive year. According to the consultancy a total of 40 million records will be sold during the calendar year, which added to the sale of new turntables, accessory and other related equipment should push the industry well beyond the $1 billion mark for the first time since the ’80s.

Vinyl sales are projected to account for 7% of the total global music market, which is expected to rake in a total of $15 billion in 2017. As far as the physical market goes, estimates see vinyl taking almost a fifth of the global market.

The UK saw over 3.2 million LPs were sold in 2016, a 25-year high. Meanwhile in the United States vinyl sales increased for an eleventh consecutive year.

Paul Lee, head of technology, media and telecoms research at Deloitte, said: “The ubiquity of music streaming services means that music has never been more accessible, portable and readily available for the consumer.

“Yet, despite that, consumers are choosing to buy something tangible and nostalgic and at a price point that provides record companies with significant revenues.”

 

He also added an interesting point, forwarding the possible limitations of vinyl as far as future growth is concerned: “Vinyl has a future in music, and an attractive one from a financial as well as an aesthetic perspective, but it is not, and is unlikely ever to be, its major growth or profit engine.”

Check out our selection of 10 artist vinyl collections that will make you drool.

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Last Minute Christmas Ideas For Vinyl Lovers

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Christmas is only days away, and if you’re like a lot of people and have procrastinated with your Christmas shopping you may be panicking trying to figure that last minute gift. If you have vinyl lovers in your life still to shop for, you might want to consider these last-minute gift ideas that you can pick up from stores in the United States or, alternatively, through online retailers.

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Ten Artists’ Vinyl Collections That Will Make You Drool

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Vinyl, you beautiful, beautiful thing. Below are some of the best record collections from DJs, producers and musicians around the world that we wish we had every-day access to:

 

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Andrey Pushkarev Picks The Top 5 Records From His 7,000 Plus Vinyl Collection

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Since September Andrey Pushkarev, one of Russia’s finest track selectors and DJs, has been traveling the world as part of a debut world tour that continues with stops in three more continents and eleven more countries in the next month and a half.

Beginning in September with twenty events already under his belt, Pushkarev’s Northern Lights Tour will also be making stops at StereoBar in Montreal, Rizumu in Philadelphia, No Nonsense in Seattle and Monarch in San Francisco before taking off to Argentina, Central America and then a return to Europe. Each show will see him accompanied by artist friends including Dana Ruh, Cassy, Margaret Dygas and Varhat, promising nights of true artistic expression inspired by profound and deep-rooted musical knowledge.

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Pushkarev has made a name for himself as a DJ thanks to his extensive 7,000-plus record collection and the uncanny ability to pick the right track for the right moment during his well-structured architectural performances. We asked him to peruse through his entire selection, a portion of which you can see above, to pick his favorite 5 records to share with his fans:

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The Ghost: The World’s First Mobile Underground Record Shop Located in Berlin

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Dedicated solely to underground dance music, The Ghost is officially the first record store of its kind – that is the world’s first on-the-move record shop that caters to house, techno and other musical offshoots of the underground electronic music scene.

Located in a 1970s Mercedes camper van, The Ghost travels around Berlin armed with listening stations and crates of vinyl, allowing record collectors throughout the city to peruse and buy from its collection. Mostly sourced from retired DJs throughout Europe, the roster of music available at The Ghost features heavily on house and techno, mirroring the sounds and styles of play of the stores two founders, Berlin-based Brits Josh Tweek and James Creed, both of whom have been DJing for years and are now also performing together as The Ghost.

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As of right now, The Ghost has found a semi-regular spot outside Club der Visionaere, while also making appearances at several one-off parties. Those wishing to visit the store can make private appointments directly through The Ghost’s Facebook page.

Resident Advisor caught up with Tweek and Creed to talk about the vision for their project. You can read the full interview here.

 

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ANNA Release “Artha” EP and Embarks on First US Tour

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Brazilian born and Barcelona based DJ and producer ANNA returns with her third release Artha on Tiga’s Twin Turbo. It’s deep, dark, and oozing with experimental synths. The EP is set for release on September 16th, 2016.

Her heavy hitting techno sound has been noted with previous releases on the labels Diynamic, Terminal M and Kraftek. Even industry leaders like Carl Cox, Tiga, and Richie Hawtin have shown support as well as remixes by Nervo, Gorgon City, and Hot Since 82’s Label Knee Deep In Sound. Her diversity as an artist for both underground and commercial acts is unmistakable and continues to expand her global demand.

To coincide with her Artha release she tours the US for the first time this September with five stops on the Western seaboard of the country:

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Listen to preview snippets of her forthcoming EP here:

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Pioneer Announced New $350 PLX-500 Turntable With Built-In USB

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Looking for a new turntable? Pioneer DJ has just come out with the announcement of the brand-new PLX-500, aimed for use by both DJs and casual listeners who collect records.

Available in two colors (black and white), the PLX-500 comes as a follow-up to the recent Rekordbox features that allow for recording and organization of vinyl. The beauty of this new turntable is the killer USB port and soundcard, allowing DJs to digitize vinyl with ease or to use it as a DVS player for Rekordbox DJ.

Pioneer’s latest hardware also comes with a cartridge, stylus, slipmat and, according to the company, is still suitable for scratch DJs despite a slightly reduced pitch range and lower torque.

You will be able to buy the turntable in early September, for a retail price of $359, a definite more budget-friendly alternative to those who cannot fork out £2,799 for the recently announced updated Technics SL-1200. You can find a more detailed in-depth comparison to other turntables on the market here.

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Jack White Plays First Vinyl Record In Space

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On July 30th, Jack White completed the mission of playing the very first record in space. “A Glorious Dawn” by composer John Boswell, mixed with audio of Carl Sagan describing the universe, was played and peaked at 94,413 feet above Earth.

With a specially designed turntable, the Icarus Craft, that took three years to engineer by close friend and electronics consultant to Third Man Records, Kevin Carrico, and a gold plated vinyl record to maintain its groove and operate in airless conditions with direct sunlight, played for approximately 80 minutes before the high altitude balloon carrying the mechanism burst and projected back to its launch station in Marsing, Idaho.

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The Icarus Craft and gold record utilized to withstand direct sunlight and airless conditions. Credit: Third Man Records Twitter

“As you rise higher and higher into the thinning atmosphere, temperature and increasing vacuum (lack of air) can cause issues,” Carrico explained. “Vinyl has a rather low melting point (160F) and without air to keep things cool, you could wind up with a lump of melted plastic on your hands if a record is exposed to the sun for too long.”

White, the Third Man Records founder, when discussing the achievement said, “Our main goal from inception to completion of this project was to inject imagination and inspiration into the daily discourse of music and vinyl lovers. Combining our creative impulses with those of discovery and science is our passion, and even on the scale that we are working with here, it was exhilarating to decide to do something that hasn’t been done before and to work towards its completion. And, it brings us great fulfillment to pay tribute to the incredible scientist and dreamer that Carl Sagan was. We hope that in meeting our goal we inspire others to dream big and start their own missions, whatever they may be.“

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Third Man Records wrote in a statement: “We could not be happier to check this longtime goal off its bucket list.”

Watch the Icarus Craft make history:  

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Seth Troxler Is Auctioning Off Part of his Vinyl Collection for Charity

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On top of climbing Kilimanjaro to raise money for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Seth Troxler is now auctioning off part of his vinyl collection to raise money for the same charity.

The Detroit-raised producer and DJ will be selecting around two dozen of his personal favorite records from a variety of genres, all of which will go to the winning bidder.

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All the money raised will go directly to Cure Brain Cancer and support their innovative research and clinical trials to help develop new treatments. To make the whole thing a little bit cooler, the winning bidder will be receiving the records from the UK via Ibiza, where they are located right now.

Enter the auction here. It starts today at 2pm PST.