Kelgray and Beyond

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Another store closed

Phonics is closed.  The last place in Calgary that specialized in electronic vinyl.  It just closed its doors without notice, without warning.  Now the scene that had just begun to peek it’s head back out of the water is all wondering.  What do we do?  Where will we go?  Will another store open?  Or maybe Giant 45 will step up and take over just like Phonics did when Feroshus left town.  If no other store is willing to cater to the electronic DJs of Calgary, are we destined to have to get prepaid credit cards (as very few of us have good enough credit for real ones) and order our records online?

In the land of breakbeats, ordering online is an unpleasant prospect.  Especially for myself.  The type of breaks that I spin are far from what is popular in the general breaks world.  My funky, bass-filled, energetic style is far from the uplifting or ragga breaks that fill the mainstream culture of breakbeats in North America.  Why is this a problem for ordering online?  Wouldn’t you think that it would be better to have more of a selection to find my specific tracks?  No.  The problem is that there aren’t any artists that produce only my style.  The few artists that have more than one track that I like (Plump DJs or Aquasky for instance) still produce tracks that I dislike more often than not.  Which means that the daunting task of trying to sift through crap in order to find exactly what I want just got exponentially bigger.

 I pray that Giant 45 will open up its doors to more electronic DJs as the demand grows.  Calgary has plenty enough people in its electronic music scene to justify having an electronic vinyl shop.  The customers are there, all we need is someone who’s willing to deal with them.

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January 23, 2007 - Posted by | Calgary, Musical Notes

1 Comment »

  1. YEAH! nice work, T. Hopefully I willhave time to read!

    Comment by SeeYouAuntie | January 23, 2007


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