DJs all around the world have shifted to digital equipment ever since the introduction of CDs and later laptops. However, some DJs still cling to the classic method of using vinyl records. Why, you may ask? Well, let’s dive in and find out.
Firstly, vinyl records continue to have an unmatched sound quality that can’t be replicated by digital recordings. The sound produced by vinyl is warmer and richer than any other format, bringing out the best in soundtracks that have been stored for years. DJs who use vinyl appreciate the natural, warm sound of vinyl that complements their mixing style.
Secondly, vinyl DJs find the tactile experience of handling records integral. The weight, shape, and overall feel of a vinyl record provide DJs with a physical connection to the music. They are able to touch and feel the record groove, control the speed of the turntable with their fingertips and cue up tracks within seconds of each other in a way that feels not only intuitive but respectful to the art and history of DJing.
Moreover, vinyl DJs take great pride in the technical craftsmanship required to manipulate the music. Scratching and beat juggling on vinyl take skill and practice, and not every DJ can do it well. The satisfaction derived from nailing a technical scratch routine on vinyl is unparalleled and can inspire years of memorization and study. Many DJs view vinyl as the purest form of DJing, and see mastering it as a rite of passage in the craft of DJing.
Lastly, vinyl records are a collector’s item. They are tangible, and DJs can browse through endless vinyl collections, touching, feeling and respecting the physical property that they are handling. It’s not just about the sound, it’s about the history and culture behind every piece of vinyl.
In conclusion, vinyl may seem like a thing the past, but it’s still relevant today for DJs who appreciate the art of being a DJ. The sound, the physical connection and the cultural significance all make vinyl records an essential part of any DJ’s collection. While digital technology will continue to evolve, there’s no doubt that vinyl will always play a role in the world of DJing.