Last month I celebrated 32 years as a DJ and entertainer. Technology has come a long way since I started and evidenced by the fact that I'm sharing my thoughts on the subject of professional anniversaries on this fancy-schmancy, electronic, new-fangled, on-line journal. Click here and here for previous commentary. I have noted before that the first song I ever played as a DJ was Gary Numan's "Cars". It was a brand new song then and it's almost 33 years old now. I think I played it on a cassette tape the first time. You young-uns may not know what a cassette is- it's pictured at the top of this photo. There would be about 20 minutes of music on one side and then you would take the tape out of the player and flip it over and play 20 more minutes on the other side. (The cassette pictured is not the Gary Numan tape that I played.)
I actually resisted switching to digital in 1999 mostly because I'm not a computer whiz and it was hard for me to imagine showing up for a gig without a disc that I could hold in my hand. MP3s were cutting edge at the time and I bought a computer and adapted it to the purpose of DJ work. The industry moved that direction very quickly and my workstation pictured was the first commercially available computerized DJ system. It's nearly 6 years old now and is becoming antiquated. I like it though. It has really been a battle axe.