We seem to be going through a purple patch in the world of vinyl collecting and performing. For a while now the sight of vinyl being used within a DJ setup, has been generally the remit of two 1210s flanking a two channel battle mixer of some kind. Even though, predominately these setups were focussed on Digital Vinyl (DVS), it still kept the appearance of; and by the skin of it’s teeth kept vinyl DJing alive.
Hipsters, retro & vintage have long been buzzwords on lips of the new age self-conscious person of today. For better or worse, they have been partially responsible for the renewed interest in the medium. Many people are jumping on the bandwagon because it’s ‘cool’ to have a vinyl collection.
I personally believe the recent upturn will be a short lived one (unfortunately). Cheyne-stokes or the death -rattle as it is sometimes referred to is in fact what I believe is happening. What we are actually witnessing is the dying breaths of a medium that is simply not meant for this new technology-driven world. From a personal point of view, this is extremely painful and hard to accept, not only because once again new vinyl will be hard to source, but mixing vinyl, which I have dedicated a quarter of a century to, will become a dying and lost art.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. In every adversity, an opportunity lurks and the reduced availability of quality new vinyl will indeed force me to explore my own extensive collection in more depth. The sheer volume I and many DJs and collectors have will provide many years of self-collection discovery, for the years we face locked away from mainstream musical society. I have another article on the way about making the most of your collection, so keep your eyes peeled for that one.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject and start the conversation below.