I think you all have covered this numerous times. However, I didn't think it would affect me much, until now. I was asked by a friend who just got into club and event promotion, to fill some slots Djaying for some upcoming gigs. I have been a bedroom DJ for sometime. My equipment is super basic. Whats basic you say? I have two belt drive turntables and a super simple gemini mixer. A djay friend of mine back in So Cal insisted I start with belt drives. His logic was " If you can rock belt driven turntables you can mix with anything." So I got belt drives okay... I have a solid crate of house tunes and my skills are pretty average at best. I have rocked a few house parties so I know the basics. I have mostly focused on music production and not much on perfecting my DJ skills. I always wanted to someday be able to do both, dj and produce house music. But I really thought I could never break into the art form and play gigs. Coming from Los Angeles its a big deal if you can even spin one night for 30 minutes at semi popular place on a weeknight. Its epic if you can get paid to spin for the same amount of time at a weekend spot in LA. But, now I'm out here attending university and Nashville & St. Louis both have nice scenes. I've just fallen in to luck of possibly breaking into Djaying and I am very excited about the opportunity.
So my question is should I invest in new turntables, buy CD djay system, or go the laptop/software route. I've noticed a few djays that I have followed though the years switching up. For instance I have seen Andy Caldwell (Naked Music SF,CA) many times and recently I noticed he has dumped vinyl for a MacBook setup. Also I heard that Louie Vega(MAW) was seen carrying CD case along with a small selection of vinyl to a gig. Both occurrences were outside of their native spots. I saw Andy in Chicago and Nashville. A friend of mine saw Louie V. in California. So its possible they dont travel with vinyl anymore. But get this, I have seen a few other Big Name Djays STILL spinning vinyl. What gives?!
Now are these folks spinning vinyl cos they can afford to buy the stuff, since they are superstar deejays? Or maybe vinyl is not going out and I have been caught up in the hype.
Local Djays seem to be going the Laptop/ CD system setup route. You can download new tracks so much faster and somewhat cheaper if you decide on a Laptop or CD setup. Whats the deal? What should I do?
I've been practicing lately and I just would like to know if I am wasting time learning a soon defunct art form. Should I stop wasting my time behind the turntables and try to set my nice new MacBook up with some swank deejay program. Or should I start ripping my vinyl to CD and sell my turntables on eBay as soon as possible?