We Love Vinyl
Over the past couple of years more and more DJs have converted to using computers.
There are many reasons for this…you can have more music at your fingertips with mp3s, vinyl is a difficult to carry around and easy to damage, and some would say that with the right equipment the sound is better.
Now I’m not going to get into an argument about whether they’re right or wrong in these beliefs, but no one can deny that there is something rather more magical about a record than there is about a CD or mp3 file.
It’s a sentiment that several of the DJs at Gwdihw agree with. LoveTempo, Sevans and Typical Stereo are three nights where DJing returns to the roots of spinning records, and nothing beats seeing a DJ cueing up the vinyl and dropping it at just the right place.
Sevans is a brand new bi-monthly night for Gwdihw where the policy is no mp3s, no CDs, even no 12”…just 7” records. The Sevans brothers, with a little help from Guto Pryce this month, will be delving into their extensive collection to bring you the most eclectic mix of music to get you on the dance floor. You may not recognise the music but you’ll love it.
Reviving the tradition of the DJ introducing people to new music, whilst also getting people to have fun, is something monthly club night Typical Stereo also holds true. DJ Tour de Josh has an extensive collection of 80s, and Euro pop records, that he mixes in with indie classics. He’ll be spinning some tunes a week Friday after indie pop band This Many Boyfriends take the Gwdihw stage. The love of vinyl is something that definitely crosses and brings together different genres, from music geeks flicking through the racks at independent record stores or superstar DJs performing to the crowds as they demonstrate their mastering of scratching vinyl.
DJ’ing with records certainly makes it more performative and we’ll be hoping for a good show at the end of the month when new bi-club night LoveTempo launches. Self-proclaimed vinyl aficionados Owain K and Rob Needham will be taking to the decks with their collection of soul, funk, disco and house records and will be joined by FutureBoogie’s Christophe for what promises to be a night to remember!
At the end of the day as long as everyone’s on the dance floor having a good time it doesn’t really matter what format the music is, but we like to think at Gwdihw that it’s the records that give our nights that little something else that you don’t really get anywhere else in Cardiff anymore – so we’ll keep the records spinning.