If you’re on tumblr, you can also follow The Backcue on Tumblr where I’ll post articles from here and various things that come across my feed related to DJ’ing and digging.
And yesterday I was going through my flyer collection after a recent move (the reason the frequency of posts on here have gone down recently), and I decided to start a blog for that collection. It’s mostly jams in Georgia and around the south dating back to around 2002. I’ll be posting one or two a day so feel free to head on over to tumblr follow The B-boy Document.
I’m a big supporter of vinyl and not just because I’m a DJ. Even if I hung my headphones up tomorrow, I’d still be hitting up record stores for my music. As convenient as it is to just download an mp3, I still prefer a physical thing that I can hold and read the liner notes or look at the artwork.
Unfortunately, over the past decade, record stores have been on a steady decline and fewer artists and labels are offering vinyl copies of their releases. The only way to counter that trend is to increase sales and to that end I hope to get you, an all digital purveyor of music, to cross over into the analog world.
This will be a guide to getting into the wide world of wax; the pros and cons of vinyl, what gear you need and where to get it, how to store and take care of your collection, and where to buy your records. In the interest of getting more people into vinyl at the lowest possible cost, this is geared towards the casual listener and not the audiophile (a person who has sex with audio waves). I’m aware there is better equipment than what I’m talking about and I’m not going into frequency ranges or tubes or any technical minutiae. I’m keeping this as simple as possible.
So read on and come over to the dark side (or picture disc side if you’re into that sort of thing.
This is a bit old but I hadn’t seen it in a while and thought I’d share it again.
Dutch illustrator Stefan Glerum did a series entitled “Crate Digging – Don’t Do It” in 2008 that illustrates the dangers we crate diggers encounter. It sums up our plight pretty well. I’ve put the full series after the jump but be sure to check Stefan’s website. He’s got a ton of great art up and some prints for sale, I didn’t see any from this series for sale but if you’re interested, you could try contacting him.
I’ve talked about traveling a bit here and here but I wanted to give a little more practical advice on how to get the most out of your trip (and your dollar) when you’re traveling for b-boy jams. Toyz of Lionz of Zion also wrote a similar blog post on More Than a Stance but his deals more with traveling abroad (I still recommend it). I’m going to focus on the more mundane 5-10 hour car trip that’s pretty common for most b-boys.
Welcome to The Backcue. Why did I change the name from AlphaTrion’s Base? After a few articles and following what I wanted to talk about, I realized the name limited my scope. I didn’t want to just talk about me or promote my stuff (I’m still going to do plenty of both). My goal is to think critically and offer what knowledge I can on the two topics that dominate my life; DJ’ing and B-boying. I also wanted to leave the possibility to expand in the future whatever that might entail.
Also, I forgot to pay the bill to renew my domain name subscription last year.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, DJ Tech Tools posts a lot of great articles. Recently, Nick Minieri of the Beantown Boogie Down blog posted this article: Bedroom DJ Woes: Why You’re Not Getting Booked (and What to do About It)
It does an excellent job of covering a major complaint of every DJ at some point in their career which is not getting work. There’s some great advice in there that applies just as much to breaks DJs as club DJs.
My crewmate Carnage hipped me to an app called Djay made by Algoriddim. I honestly didn’t have high hopes for it. Most DJ apps are, pardon my french, fucking terrible. Trust me, they’re bad enough that they fully deserve the F-bomb adverb.
There’s a certain stereotype for the b-boy. He’s between 17 and 30. He doesn’t have a steady job. Rarely has any money. No car. No girlfriend. No real future. We’ve come to accept this as the norm and we even celebrate it. We call it living the b-boy life and pride ourselves more on how many jams we’ve been to or won than how much we have saved up in our bank accounts or how successful we are at our careers. Let me be the first to say fuck that.
We don’t get a whole lot of oppurtunities to dance. Outside of jams and practice sessions we don’t have many options and we all know that’s simply not enough. Every now and then you’ll have to actually get out and be around non-b-boys at a club. Now you might just be going to hang out and they start playing some James Brown or maybe you went out with the intention of b-boying…but chances are, you will end up getting down at some point. However, I think there are some rules to abide by so that you and any other b-boy aren’t permanently banned from the club.
So about two years ago I bought a used MPC 1000 from Beatlab in Atlanta. In those two years I’ve chopped a few dozen samples and breaks and done absolutely nothing with them. Last Saturday I picked up a few 45s without listening and just hoped something was cool on there. I happened to find one with a great intro and I had to do something with it. Sat down Thanksgiving day and started it and I just finished it a few minutes ago. I haven’t actually finished a song since I was in high school and working with the early versions of Reason so this is kind of a big accomplishment for me. It’s nothing that’s going to change the world but I dig it enough to put it on my iPod, hopefully you will too.