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US House Star Votes For Vinyl

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Monday, May 9, 2005
Chris Fortier chatted to Skrufff this week about his upcoming mix CD Balance 7 and revealed that he remains passionately committed to DJing with records.

I still like records, I don't like to play CDs as a DJ, I only play CDs when they're the only means available, the majority of my set is still on vinyl," said Chris. "I don't feel any joy from owning a CDR, it's just a means to an end until I get the piece of vinyl, if I love a track I have to have the vinyl; I want to be able to put that in my record collection. I still like vinyl, I don't want to see it disappear," he added.

The New York based DJ started his career in the late 80s spinning records at house parties in Florida and is one of America's most popular DJs both domestically and overseas though unlike his big name peers including Sasha, Dave Clarke and Judge Jules, insisted he's got no plans to abandon vinyl in the foreseeable future.

"I like going to record stores and digging through the bins; that's often how I find my favourite records, those exclusive tracks that no-one else is playing," he pointed out. "As opposed to checking out some list online somewhere, where everybody else is looking, choosing two from twenty. I prefer to go to ten record stores and find no-one record that's under 25 other record that no-one else has discovered. I remain passionate about that whole process, that's why I started collecting and buying records in the first place- for the passion of finding these gems, not from going to some computer screen," said Chris.

Balance 007 by Chris Fortier is out shortly on Stomp Records.