Record Bags (for life)

posted 8 Jul 2016, 04:05 by Dan Magill   [ updated 6 Sep 2016, 09:26 ]

So you've plumped up the courage to have a go on the decks at Closet Vinyl.  Next It's time to hunt down your old classic vinyl ("I'm pretty sure it's in the loft!") and have a sift through and pick out twenty of the best.  Now, at this stage, most people will play it safe.  After all, who wants to show off their best records as people are scrambling for door.
But no, you were pretty cool back in the day and your music taste was always on point.  "They will love my collection of Barry Manilow live from Vegas".

Right, set sorted and it's time to head out, but wait... how do you transport your wonderful collection to the event?
Now this is where things get tricky.  Forget about what you're going to wear (you always wear the same thing anyway).  Worry not about your hair (after 2 minutes on the decks you'll headbanging like Angus from AC/DC and your hair will be all over the show).  You don't even need to stress about which order to play your songs.  No, the real dilemma here is, Tesco's bag for life, rucksack or that free cloth bag you got from that conference at ExCel?

Choose wisely, for there is a camera about... www.closetvinyl.com/bags
Some people get all professional and buy themselves a record box.  But that's just showing off (actually it's the best way to preserve your records... Intense Records in Chelmsford can help you out... http://www.intenserecords.co.uk/shop.php?type=Record%20Box)

Whatever you choose to carry your vinyl, remember this...  Everyone has a record bag, they just don't know it yet.

Now it's up to you... Closet Vinyl are at the Northcote Arms, first Saturday of every month and Bar One Twenty, third Friday of the month.  Time to find your vinyl and come to an event.  

See you behind the decks
D & E

Closet Vinyl - Our Guide On How To Do It

posted 18 May 2016, 05:53 by Dan Magill   [ updated 27 Sep 2016, 06:01 ]

Wondering if you should come to Closet Vinyl?  Thinking you don't have "party enough" music?  Nervous about using the equipment?  Or just can't get your head around the concept?  Well worry no more.  
With our quick guide on "how to do things" your mind will be put at ease and you'll be begging us to have a go.

It Doesn't Work Without YOU
We love vinyl and hate the thought of it being locked away in closets, loft and garages.
Every style works because it gives people the chance to listen to a new genre.   All you have to do is get on the decks and starting rocking the party.

The Record Bag
Once you've had a rummage through your closet and found your vinyl, it's now time to pick out your favourites. Pop them into a bag and leave them by the front door so you don't forget them.  Then, phone your friends and tell them to get ready for a great night out.

How Long Do I Get
We try to give everyone 25 minutes and it's up to you how many songs you play in that time.  If you play the extended mix of New Orders, Blue Monday you'll only play three songs.  However, play the best two minutes of your favourite 7 inches and you'll get fifteen songs.  Geddit?

I've Never Used Decks Before
No problem!  We will show you how to use the decks and mixer and promise not to leave your side until you're ready to play on your own.

I'm Sooooo Nervous
We'll be there the whole way to support you and once you get cracking you'll naturally start to relax.  Once people start reacting to your song choices you can get those hands in the air and soak up the applause. We'll never be far away should you need us.

The Dance Crew
Not everyone wants to go on the decks and that's totally cool with us. There's so much amazing party music being played that the dance floor is very rarely empty.  Bring your friends and come for a boogie. You'll always find one of the Closet Vinyl Crew on the dance floor. We're usually the best dancers too...  Yeah right!

So Now You Know, It's Up To YOU
By now you should be ready to give it a go and It's time to have a look for that vinyl.  Once you get on the decks you won't want it to end.

Come to our monthly residency at The Northcote Arms, Leytonstone.  First Saturday of every month.   And at Bar One Twenty in Chingford throughout the year.
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The Ten Best Things We've Heard At Closet Vinyl

posted 18 May 2016, 05:46 by Dan Magill   [ updated 25 May 2016, 06:31 ]

It's natural that when we're nervous we might say something unusual.  Let’s face it, not everyone has been behind the decks before and some are bricking it. A few might even be, let’s just say for the sake of decency, a little bit merry!

Here’s a little insight into what people have whispered into our lugholes when getting on the decks.

Mentioning no names!

  1. “I’m very nervous.  Please don’t leave me or I might cry”. 
  2. “Do you reckon I can get away with playing Kylie?”  We said yes of course!Our DJ's say the funniest things when nervous
  3. “I’m off for a pee.  If the record stops, do some singing or something”.  We could put a record on?
  4. “How come’s he gets 40 minutes and he’s 5hit?”
  5. “I’ve got some death metal, plus a bit of music from The Matrix”.
  6. “I’m here to DJ.  Is there somewhere to get changed?”  Yes darling, plus Evian on tap.
  7. “Do you have one of those little plastic thingies to shove in this hole”.  Titter!  Oh yes we do!
  8. “Oh bo11ox.  I’ve just spilled a whole pint into my record bag”.
  9. “I used to DJ at Uni all the time”  After DJing… “To be fair I wasn't very good then either”.
  10. “If I start to topple over, can you keep me upright please?”  Well we did try our best...

Who’s next?  Our monthly residency is at The Northcote Arms, Leytonstone, first Saturday of every month.  
See our website closetvinyl.com or visit us on Facebook and Twitter @closetvinyl for details of upcoming events.


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