With talks of 2017 being the year that vinyl becomes a billion dollar industry, it’s safe to say that vinyl is a bit of a hot commodity again. With how quickly the digital movement took over the music industry in this past decade and how much technology has changed the art of DJing, it’s great to see that before the trending hash tags, there was a group of highly skilled DJs that took to the road armed only with their favourite 7 inch records aka 45s.
From the dailyhive.com
Five years ago, Monster Energy rounded up a select group of DJs to celebrate the format of vinyl.
With notable artists like the legendary DJ Scratch (New York), Vinyl Ritchie (Vancouver), and Mat The Alien (Vancouver Island) in tow, the 7 Inches Of Pleasure Winter Tour — dubbed as a “history lesson disguised as an epic dance party” — would become hugely successful, touring through over 20 different cities across the nation and paying tribute to those who helped vinyl to become a pillar of DJ culture.
Excerpt from the Ottawa Metro
…He’s bang-on about the talent. This year’s 7” of Pleasure tour is as good as it gets with EPMDs’ DJ Scratch, Vancouver vinyl kingpin Vinyl Ritchie, west coast weirdo Mat the Alien and Illo throwing down at Kinki Night Club this Friday night.
Excerpt from the Fernie Free Press
“We are all friends and we have all known each other for a long, long time. We were approached by Monster Energy to do a DJ tour but see if we could do it all playing 45s because nobody was doing that sort of thing,” said Scott Arkwell, aka Vinyl Ritchie.
Excerpt from www.vancitybuzz.com
Vancouver’s own Vinyl Ritchie is, too, an icon in his own right. In the 90s, he was one of the first Western Canadian DJs to mix electronic releases with forgotten b-sides and gold hits — an innovative combination that has led him to remain a longstanding fixture in the city’s club scene.
Excerpt from www.whistler.com
“There is a lot of timeless soul and funk and reggae stuff that new DJs aren’t messing with.” says Vinyl Ritchie, Whistler’s undisputed godfather of the 7-inch. “And sometimes it is nice to hear music that is classic, or was made by 7 or 8 people playing music together at one time.”
“Spectators are invited to explore all the summer activities offered in the exciting Vans village featuring exclusive Van Doren Invitational merchandise from the Vans shoebox container, food and beverage stations, music by DJ Vinyl Ritchie, and plenty of free giveaways.”