Hang with me on this one
For the past 20 years, I’ve had people telling me I should have my own website. I have a flare for the written word, and I also have tons of stupid opinions that divide people, which I happen to really enjoy. I’ve never been one to be very interested in the middle-ground when it comes to opinions — I’d much rather piss people off, or get someone so behind my thought process that they forget about their own.
I’ve been a DJ since 1990, when I was still a teenager. I’ve been collecting records since before that time, having a thirst for weird sounds before I can even remember. Spending my own personal time writing reviews and discussing music on the web is something I’ve spent years doing, occasionally being invited to participate in review programs (Amazon Vine), and even write professionally for other companies and sites. I’m pretty good at it, but I’ve grown weary of giving my thoughts and ideas to other places — why not possess my own thought processes?
Being a DJ over the years has given me a ton of experiences, and even more vinyl. I listen closely, always read the sleeve notes, and have a real affinity of remembering random info, like credits and remix names. It’s always been like digging in random spots and unearthing little tidbits that can enhance every listening experience you have afterwards. Understanding where people and sound intersect is fascinating to me.
I have a record collection of 20,000-strong, many of which are tucked away in storage with the really important ones close-by in my home for easy and quick access. Nonetheless, my storage unit is like a record store of sorts, where I find little treasures tucked away, not having been listened to for years and years. I was part of a few DJ collectives and record pools in the 90s as well, so I was given a ton of free shit that I never got around to even listening to. I have started digging around in storage, pulling out things to record digitally, with the express purpose of meditating with my record collection, and ripping them into a format that can be stuffed into my iPhone for easy listening. It almost feels like I’m cheating a bit as recording my vinyl to digital creates one more step removed from the experience of record listening, but I’m a busy guy just like the next person, and I want to hear the shit. As I do that, I’m going to create a running commentary as I rip my vinyl, and see where else my creative whimsy takes me.
I’d love to hear comments if you have them, the more honest the better! Let me have it! Tell me how right I am! Remind me how clueless I am! I love it al! Lots more to come, and please bear with me as I flesh out the site.