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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

DJ DiBiase celebrates his birthday with All Vinyl Everything

  • Courtesy DJ DiBiase
All he wants for his birthday are two big turntables and a microphone. DJ DiBiase is back with nine of friends to scratch it up for All Vinyl Everything, a celebration of the origins of the hip-hop DJ.

How did All Vinyl Everything start?

I started it in April of 2012. We were doing a Wednesday night thing at Westside Pie. This one night I was at my house, I went through a lot of those old records from when I first started DJing in high school. I thought about just doing [All Vinyl Everything] with just me, but I hit up another DJ and then another and then next thing you know, I had about 15 people that wanted to do it. A lot of the DJs are ready to rock again. We had some help from DJ Red Alert for the one-year anniversary.

How did you meet Red Alert?

He was part of the first All Vinyl Everything at Slice on Peters St. I did an old school set. We stayed until the lights came on, so we ended up chatting and he remembered me from that. He goes back and forth from here to New York. He's like the DJ God. As far as the radio and DJing in general, I've always looked up to him. If there was a DJ Mount Rushmore, he would be one of the heads on it.

What made you decide to bring it back?

Out of popular demand, I'm bringing it back for my birthday.

Why does vinyl matter?

There's a difference between buying records and just downloading stuff
When I first started, I couldn't afford a computer, so what I used was records and a turntable. The thing with vinyl - it's classic material no matter what genre of music.

If you're a young guy or girl, you [need to] actually see real DJs in the club. Come to one [All Vinyl Everything] if you're a DJ.

What do you want people to know about the art of DJing?

It's so much more than playing records, you gotta read a room. You gotta know the tastes of different people. It's really about being seasoned; you can't pop something in the microwave and expect it to taste the same as a slow-cooked meal.

Turntables are like any other instrument and you can't cheat, just like you can't cheat with an instrument. That's why MTV Unplugged was so big back in the day - you could hear the bare bones of the music.

Who will be with you this time?

We got DJ Camille, DJ Jaycee, Jamad - 10 all together.

What DJ would you like to include in the future?

9th Wonder. I like all the stuff he did with Little Brother. I know he has some crazy records in his house.

All Vinyl Everything takes place at The Music Room on 327 Edgewood Ave. Free before 10 p.m. $5 after. RSVP. Thurs., Aug. 22. Hosted by Sean Falyon. RSVP. After 10, the cost is $5.

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