In a nutshell
Every once and a while I write something. A blog post. Making use of my personal online space. It usually happens around special days during the year. Christmas, New Year, birthdays or anniversaries. This one today, I guess it will go towards the new year’s resolution. It’s not going to be some profound crap, although it might be emotional. Funny thing is that I know what caused it and if you know me, that’s usually NOT the case. I operate mainly on hunches, emotions and feelings. It’s pretty vague and also pretty clear in MY head.
About a month ago, we (me and my amazing girl) decided to move in together. What is always great with moving house, is that you stumble upon pieces of your life that you forgot. Under the bed, in a box, in the basement. Stuff. Emotional luggage. Memories. Stuff. An old photo, some fan-boy toys, a newspaper clipping, useless stationery.
The "music" in Electronic
In my case, that’s dirty ol’ crap was music. Several CD cases and vinyls, dating back to the late 90’s and 00’s. Deer lord, I am getting old. #LOL. I believe that 2016 symbolizes a very important part of my life. It marks my 20 years into electronic music. Initially listening and collecting and further down, playing (DJing) and producing (arranging). 1996 was the year I heard the ‘Music For The Jilted Generation‘ by the Prodigy. I know that was only 2 years after it was released, but back in 1994 I was only 13 years old. I didn’t even know what a CD was back then. I got my first audio CDs that year. On Christmas. My dad had just bought a Technics CD player and thought it ‘d be cool to let his older son buy some CDs.
And what did I choose for my first ever electronic present? 3 audio CDs.
- Music For The Jilted Generation by the Prodigy (1994)
- Nirvana‘s MTV Uplugged in New York (1994)
- and Dangerous by Michael Jackson (1991)
I was very diverse in my selection. For me that was ‘new music’. I was listening to a lot of heavy metal & rock during that time but pop and electronica were never really on the menu. You see, my pops is a major old school rock hippie with a broad spectrum of musical preferences. From ABBA and Supertramp to Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Ozzy Osbourne.
The "electronic" in music
So the old man had already made one grave mistake with me earlier that year. He had bought a PC that featured an 16-bit 8086 microprocessor. We ‘re talking MS-DOS, CGA Graphics Card (4 colors – 4 shades of pink actually), floppy disk… the works. He thought that it would be a good idea to “teach the kid some technology“. That guy knew that technology and personal computers, were the future back then. Little that he knew, his son would be spending 80% of his time in front of a screen almost a decade later. Along with the computer came upgrades that costed money. Gaming costed money. Programs costed no or very little money; living in Greece had it’s perks. More upgrades, books, developing for fun, studying Computer Science for some years in the UK.
Electronic Music takeover
A couple of years before going abroad to study, I got hooked in DJing. With vinyl. I cannot stress enough how important this was for me. Playing records that is. That feeling of physically altering the music. The touch, the texture, the smell and the empty wallet! I mean, CDJs were out too, but nobody was bothering with that because they were expensive. As if Technics MKII‘s and vinyl records weren’t! Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against CDJs and DJ Midi controllers. Heck, I own a controller, a couple of mixers, cd-players etc etc. Vinyl was different. I learned playing that, so I loved it more. The other mediums are far more advanced in terms of abilities but to each his own. I am just romantic about that era.
Fast forward to today, after finding all that music, I decided to convert it to mp3. Although I had spent countless hours in front of (wait for it) Audiogalaxy, Kazaa, eDonkey, SoulSeek, Napster and the works downloading, I never managed to keep a proper archive. There was always something fucking up my Windows installation and formats were inevitable. I cannot even remember how many nights I spent crying, after I had lost every single mp3 that I had downloaded or copied from friends. At least I had everything on burned CDs. I had my physical back up. And I also had records. And although I know that CDs are digital, I still consider them analog. Simply because they are hard copies and physical items. They ‘re not MP3s.
In conclusion / my plan in a nutshell
Anyway and to cut the long story short, I found (or rediscovered) an old treasure. A piece of me. My heart and soul. I heard some tracks that I (and a large number of others for sure) consider ‘Classics‘. The foundation of what electronic music is. Not what it has become. I cannot even begin to name house and progressive house legends, but these are the guys that brought me up with their music. I owe them a great deal of respect, and I always pay it where it’s due. Oakenfold, Timo Maas, Leama & Moor, Nick Muir, Frankie Knuckles, John Digweed… I can go on. But I won’t.
So I decided to convert / rip all that music, and share it via my YouTube channel. Of course I wouldn’t be able to share everything due to copyrights (if there are any). But I will do my best nevertheless. That way some old chaps like myself can remember their childhood and some young kids can just listen to something they probably don’t understand! :D
This is the Playlist I have created. It will will be frequently updated, so keep an ear out or even better… Subscribe!
I guess if Timo (freaking) Maas likes your post on Facebook (without even tagging him), then I must be doing something right!
Seriously though, having a channel on YouTube (mainly for music) made me realize how much people are preoccupied with the newest and latest trends. Other channels, music blogs, promoters, managers. Pffff, good music is good music, whether you share it now or after 12 months. Whether it was released yesterday or before 15 years. Not too many people do that. Well, I am one of them and I am pretty sure there are plenty of more listeners out there, who will be happy to “find” and rediscover these tracks. I don’t really care if it’s 10 people or 100,000 people.
Let’s hope I don’t receive too many copyright strikes so the PUEBLO VISTA Music Channel stays open. Feel like sharing this just to be romantic?