Mat the Alien

All vinyl DJ set to spin at the Northern

A group of DJs are bringing a classic style to Fernie on Mar. 5 as part of the 7 Inches of Pleasure tour.

A group of DJs are bringing a classic style to Fernie on Mar. 5 as part of the 7 Inches of Pleasure tour.

Sponsored by Monster Energy, the tour features DJs Vinyl Ritchie, Mat the Alien, DJ Pump and DJ Illo on classic turntables, as no laptops are allowed to be used to play music.

A seven inch vinyl record was the only way to play music and sets between 1950 and 1975. These DJs are hoping to bring back some of the nostalgia by playing new and old music.

“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. “We wanted to do something different than what the average DJ is doing.”

Forty-five refers to the rotations per minute, meaning all of the DJs will be playing seven inch records at 45 spins a minute. Arkwell says all shows are impromtu, allowing for the DJs to cater to the specific crowd.

“We play on four turntables and we just kind of jam out. Nothing is pre-planned or rehearsed. We kind of just start jamming and see what happens – see what the crowd is into.”

The tour features stops across B.C. and Alberta, including ski towns such as Fernie, Revelstoke and Golden. This is the fourth year of the tour and Arkwell says he has fond memories of Fernie.

“I love to play anywhere that people are excited about music and want to hear something different,” he said. “I’ve had some really sweet times in Fernie, I have to say.”

Because the DJs are independent of one another, their inspirations vary, and all genres of music are used in most shows.

“We play everything from heavy metal to old school rap to new trap stuff. We try to cover all of the bases. Pretty much every genre gets played when we do a set,” said Arkwell. The 7 Inches of Pleasure tour takes over the Northern Bar and Stage on Mar. 5.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

Freezing rain warning in effect for B.C. Southern Interior

Environment Canada issued the freezing rain warning for most of the Southern Interior Tuesday morning

Rumble In The Rockies brings live boxing back to Fernie

Local boxer, Dylan Mitchell takes first career win at home

Smiles all around as province announces emergency ward funding

$2.1 million to go to much-needed upgrades

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to Fernie on January 28.

Four international comedians will be coming together to create one night of hilarious comedy

LIVE: Solitary confinement in Canadian prisons unconstitutional: B.C. Supreme Court

Associations argued that solitary confinement was inhuman

1 in 4 B.C. consumers unable to pay bills, debt repayment: poll

Since interest rates first rose in July, poll suggests households across B.C. have had to tighten budget

Full-face protection mandatory for upcoming Junior B season

Ghostriders head coach Craig Mohr says neither he, nor his players, are happy about this decision

SOGI rally disrupts school board meeting, but business carries on

Chilliwack school board makes statement in support of B.C.-wide gender identity teaching resource

B.C. husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

Couple presented with Vital Link Awards for quick use of CPR

154 remote B.C. communities to get high-speed internet

Government funding to bring subsea fiber optic cable to connect people on the coast

Kelowna West byelection called for Feb. 14

Four candidate race to replace departed former B.C. premier Christy Clark

Most Read