Since the reasons for collecting vinyl records vary among each person who collects I wanted to get an idea of the general reasoning behind collecting vinyl. In order to do this, I drove to the Al Bum record shop in Acworth, GA to interview the owner of this mom’n’pop record shop. Two of the most interesting things in this record shop was firstly the selection. Al Bum’s had a large variety of albums and genres. The shop was relatively small so I was surprised to see such a large selection.
I ended up buying three records that I plan on using to sample within my own music. I, of course, will not be releasing these tracks unless I get documented consent from the copyright holders but that doesn’t apply to using samples to simply write music. I picked up a Rage Against the Machine record, a Hoodstock hip-hop record, and a traditional Polka dance album. The second interesting thing from Al Bum’s was how small and independent it is. They simply used a pen and paper to keep track of transactions. There were no computers in the store to keep track of transactions from what I could see.
When I asked the co-owner of the record shop what she thought of vinyl sales picking back up she offered an answer that was insightful. Her full response can be found in the video below. I also decided to ask some local Atlanta DJ’s who frequently use vinyl what they thought about the effect of vinyl on some different cultures. Their responses were also insightful and gave me a better idea of what different people think of this medium that plays music.
Having created this video took me back to the time I first bought my own records to DJ with. I was taking a trip up to Athens, GA to DJ at a club. This was my first show outside of Atlanta and it meant a big deal to me. I got there early enough to get some lunch and shop with friends. I decided to enter a record shop since it looked like it could yield some rare finds in the record crates. I was right. I found a Beastie Boys record that had the original, instrumental, and acapella tracks to ‘Hold it Now Hit it’. This was a great find because that meant that with the raw vocals and beat I could potentially remix the song completely and use that new track.
This is essentially the style of DJing that comes along with DJing on vinyl records. The several DJs featured in the video above describe what it’s like to DJ on vinyl and how vinyl is different from the digital medium.