If someone walked into the station right now, like at this very instant, burst through our two security doors and through the office, they would find a normal Blaze FM situation. Rizal, our altnernative music director, took it upon himself to go through our boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of OLD vinyl. Not that stuff that is made today. You know, current music that is recorded digitally and then “backtracked” onto vinyl. I’m talking about LEGIT vinyl, dude. LEGIT. There are three other guys in the radio station. They’re not DJs, and as station manager, I’m honestly paying them no attention for a few reasons: 1 – They’re not in a band so I can’t use my radio charm to talk to them about music. 2 – They’re in the middle of playing Magic all over my office floor so I further cannot bother them while they’re concentrating on magical stuff. 3 – I feel like I’m intimidating them because I am a girl. They’re ignoring me. Even after I said hello. 4 – I’m way too busy staring at them because they remind me of the characters from The Big Bang Theory. And then there is the music. Music is always playing in this part of the building. Duh. But rather than the radio playing, Rizal decided to whip out the good old Audio-Technica record player and play some Thad Jones and Mel Lewis and their “Suite for Pops.”
For those that don’t understand what that means at first, like me for instance, the moment they see the album title, it means JAZZ. Plus, there’s a sticker on the cover that reads “Jazz is on the Horizon: The greatest big band in the world in a musical tribute to Louis Armstong.” This record was recorded between 1972 and 1975. As a DJ, holding something this real and classic, especially something as important for the music industry in the 60’s and 70’s as vinyl was back then, I feel nostalgic. I know, why would I feel nostalgic? I’m a 22 year old college radio DJ who grew up in the 90’s and 00’s. The hype of vinyl was WAY before my time. But you see, vinyl is coming back. Kids my age are investing in record players and vinyl of classic and modern music quality. As a kid who loves music, vinyl is freakin’ cool because it’s different. It’s not an mp3. It’s definitely not a CD. And it’s not a tape. It’s this huge flat disc that one must take care of PROPERLY. Plus the cover artwork is absolutely ah-mazing.
Update: Rizal can’t find the classic rock. He’s still immersed in the boxes of jazz and jazz and jazz.
Long story short: As a radio DJ in her twenties, playing vinyl is more than just “listening to music in it’s purer tone.” Playing vinyl reminds me of the musical artists, audio engineers, and music itself that started a spiral of events and music history that contributed to why I am a DJ. It’s like I’m around my grandparents. Because if it weren’t for grandparents and parents, I wouldn’t be around. Weird…I know but it’s the same with music. If it weren’t for vinyl and these musicians from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, I wouldn’t have the chance of working with the current bands and musicians today.
Update: Rizal has found the 80’s rock vinyl in the music storage room. Time to put on some DAWN PATROL.