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international news _ 28th May, 2007

Veteran DJs Defend Vinyl

Text by Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)

UK techno star Ben Sims and US house legend Chris Fortier independently criticised download culture this week with both veteran DJs insisting they remain committed to spinning records.

"I don't have much interest in going on to some website and collecting tracks for my hard drive," Chris told DJ magazine, "I'd rather carry around 50 records and make them work."

Ben, meanwhile, conceded that 'vinyl dinosaurs' like himself 'will have to get used to the idea that the world is changing' though stressed hes not giving up without a fight.

"Sadly, I think there will be a time soon when it'll say 'old school set' after my name on flyers," he predicted, "Just because I still use records."

Their 15 year vinyl fixation matched that of fellow 90s DJ Craig Richards who told Skrufff last year he considers himself 'romantically linked to the sound and feel of vinyl'.

'I remain un-convinced about some of the new technology, it appears to have more to do with convenience than development and quality of sound,' the Fabric main room resident DJ explained, 'I find it irritating when the technology itself is presented as a more modern approach to playing records. It's merely another way,' he added.

Chris Fortier's new album As Long As The Moment Exists is out shortly on EQ Recordings.

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