The Best Dallas DJ Residencies That Play Vinyl
Vinyl has made an epic comeback over the past decade. It's a comeback few would have seen coming, given its seeming fall into obsolescence decades ago. But while the above-average music fans have gravitated back towards owning their favorite music on vinyl, the dj profession has by and large made a mass exodus towards digital DJing. The long-valued culture of crate digging continues to be a rarity.
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In any era where DJing can be done from an iPhone, there are still outlets in Dallas where the DJs leave their computers at home in favor of the classic two decks and a mixer format. Here's a list of the best local residencies.
For the past two years DJ's Wild in the Streets, Scott Mccullogh and Gabriel Mendoza have thrown down some of the sickest soul and funk gems from deep in the crates. Rotating wax from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Saturday at Single Wide, they bring in some of the city's busiest crate diggers to drop classic soul and funk cut. You are just as likely to hear rare soul singles alongside truly groovy Hungarian soul, exotic Indian raga funk or French pop maestro Serge Gainsbourg at his funkiest. All three residents have been vinyl-heavy crate diggers for well over a decade and that depth of knowledge comes through with their deep selections of classics and obscure floor fillers you are not likely to stumble on to yourself.
Alvin Booth has been dropping the needle for the Disco's Revenge party since 2009. Throughout that existence he has thrown a series of special events and one-off parties. Although Disco's revenge has moved around from venue to venue over the years, Booth is now joined by local vinyl vets Rick Simpson and Nekstone (a.k.a. Brandon Ayala) for a regular residency every third saturday at Crown & Harp. This past March, Disco's Revenge partnered with one of the world's largest online electronic music magazine's, Resident Advisor, to bring it's "Horizons" series to Dallas with guest Hunee from Germany, helping land their night on the international DJ radar.
What started out 10 months ago as a one off party idea for Too Fresh Productions' promoter Leo Salazar's birthday has snowballed into a highly anticipated monthly celebration of the original single format. Support slots are held down by resident DJs Jay Clipp, local house producer Jt Donaldson and DJ Spinderella of Salt 'N Pepa fame. The out of town guests they have flown in have been a who's-who of crate digger's from across the country, like Chicago house legend Derrick Carter, Supreme La Rock and Natasha Diggs. This week infamous Brooklyn vinyl enthusiast Geo-logy comes to lay down wax for the night and Salazar promises more headlong DJ's for the rest of the year. Fresh 45's takes place on the third thursday of every month at Crown & Harp.