DJ Okapi: Champion of South Africa's musical past
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Find a lot more musicians and producers from that era as well, to try and sit down and interview them. Learn about the music from that era. Yeah, the shop was kind of the first step in making a living out of my passion.
Before it was just a blog documenting my collection and just DJing as a hobby. Over the last few years, especially in Joburg, I started finding a lot of extra stock, so multiple copies. More and more people started coming to me looking for records to then sell on, on Discogs or whatever. So I realised I could easily get in on that as well. So I started doing that, first on Discogs. The label came after that.
When I opened the store, records started coming a bit easier to me. I started getting more gigs overseas when I opened the store and started selling.
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And a natural extension of that was setting up the label. Because even before that I was in touch with the guys at Rush Hour in Amsterdam which is like a big record store and distributor. What Rush Hour does for a lot of young or small labels and collectors is help incubate or set up little labels by offering distribution deals or pressing a distribution deal.
So they helped me out and said, we can help get music out there if you can just licence the music properly and all that kind of stuff. The second release has just come out this week. For more in the series, browse through the archive.DJ Rush - The Attack
John Gomez epitomises why we started the Diggers Directory series. The Madrid-born, London based selector might not be the best known name on the circuit, but his deep musical knowledge and devotion to collecting records makes him admired by those in the know.
Was this the case for you? Can you pick out any pivotal records from your upbringing that informed your musical journey? My parents listened to music, but not in a substantial or focused way. I was getting into hip hop, probably as a result of watching The Fresh Prince, and this album felt like my introduction into a music more mature than what I had encountered previously.
It was — and still is — such an adventurous album to listen to, full of introspection, playfulness, and experimentation. People buy records for a multiple of reasons; they love the analogue sound, the physicality of having something that they can collect and share, or maybe it provides them with a way to build relationships with likeminded people.
DJ Okapi: Champion of South Africa's musical past
What first drew you to collecting records and what motivates you to continue digging after all these years? There are so many factors that come into any listening experience that making absolutist value judgements about sound seems rash and, most often, elitist.
My interest in vinyl grew out of my relationship with hip hop, but over time my records have become a way of ordering my life. I have a somewhat enchanted relationship with my collection, filled with memories and images that I associate with the records. Where do you store all your records and how do you file them? I have recently moved home, so my records are still in temporary storage while I figure out what kind of shelves I need building. What are your favourite spots to go digging and why?
But to find bargains you need to go further afield. People are really clued up now and price everything in relation to discogs. There are so many, but Andy at Eldica restlessly looks for new stock and seems to have a better collection of rare Caribbean records on offer than Port of Spain.
There was virtually no information anywhere about this record and in the past year or so the demand for it has gone through the roof. DJs and producers often talk about a number of records that never leave their bag. Do you have any records like this?
Of course, there are dozens or, more likely, hundreds. Do you prefer record shopping as a solitary process or with friends to nerd out with and search for strange sounds together? If the latter, who do you like to go digging with? Digging is our way of catching up: Whenever friends like Invisible City, Jamie Tiller, or Antal are in town we try to get in a spot of digging in too.
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It kind of forms the backdrop to our friendships. Walking into a record shop can be quite a daunting process, with some many different genres and formats. Is it about patience, diligence and a bit of luck or are you more methodical when you enter a record shop? There is always an element of luck, as it depends on timing: