DJ Sneak on vinyl

Great four-minute interview with DJ Sneak which talks about some of the seminal people from the house scene like Julian ‘Jumpin’ Perez, Frankie Knuckles, Frankie ‘Hollywood’ Rodriquez and the Hotmix 5 who used to play on a radio station based in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. People who I used to hear about as legends in record stores like 3Beat and on well-worn duplicated cassette recordings of mixes.

What is is interesting is the way Sneak talks about tangible aspects of vinyl:

  • The label
  • Sleeve design

As as a key way of accessing his mental catalogue of knowledge about the music. This is something that digital media currently doesn’t provide, we need artifacts to trigger memories through the physical senses. It probably explains one of the reasons why Apple is incorporating locative data into is file journaling system on iOS in a recent patent.

More information

  • Get your fill of early house mixes via the Deep House Page – which has been like the Internet Archive of house music sets since the mid-90s
  • More details on Apple’s incorporation of geotags into file system information