I can't get everything on vinyl.
My bf, a long-time proponent of Native Instuments, suggested that I learn Traktor. He installed it on my computer for me. 2 years ago. I largely ignored it for most of that time. I started to play with it after my DJ "Wonder Twin," Scotty Rock (of the World Famous Butta Team) literally threw me onto his Serrato Scratch Live setup at the beginning of one of his gigs. I took to it quickly and he just left me there weeding through his massive mp3 collection. It finally made sense to me since I had the visceral experience of touching the record to control the digital information. I made a jump.
Since then, I've re-realized my passion for making beats. I have a bunch of sketches on iMaschine from industrial beats to booty beats.
Now for the next hurdle: learning Traktor. I've got the beat matching part down and have accused it of being "beat matching for babies." But the draw is that I CAN'T get everything on vinyl.
My formative DJ culture experiences were back in the 90s...
*at the weekly Buzz parties in DC and the random Ultraworld parties
*at the weekly goth/industrial Thursdays at SE DC's Tracks with the epically grouchy DJ Mohawk Adam
*at my hometown's local gay bar/dance club/drag review, The Park
*observing my friend, Xist, the first female DJ I ever encountered.
Largely because of 90s rave culture, I have an affinity for big beats, deep bass, and the art of mixing and performing: I love creating an atmosphere for the crowd. I know that by incorporating some software to my sets, I can bring in this element to my mixes. My current mission is to set up loops and my own beats to sample into my sets. I know this is remedial for experienced digital DJs, but for this insistent vinyl DJ, I'm either going to turntablism hell or opening a can of worms made of a gigillions zeros and ones. Probably both.
I'm happiest when I'm playing records and blending seamlessly from track to track....and I won't be letting go of one of my favorite visceral experiences.
We do the dive