Thanks to Anthony Augustine for the shout-out in today’s Free Press:
BEFORE the ubiquitousness of music on the Internet, file sharing and sites such as SoundCloud changed the way that DJs distributed their mixes, many locals sold their mix tapes or CDs at clothing and record stores, merch tables at events or wherever they could get a bit of shelf space. These mixes were one of the only windows into the music that was being played at the warehouse parties, raves and club nights that were part of the first and second waves of electronic music in the city. Most of the house, techno, acid, hardcore and drum ‘n’ bass played by the DJs of that era were only available on vinyl and DJs sought out music that would define them as an artist, rather than just playing the Top 20 of the moment, which seems to be the approach many new DJs take these days.
While radio mix shows on 91.1 FM played a small role in helping define electronic music culture in the early ’90s, DIY mix tapes and later CDs were the main way that party-goers were able to hear the music that was being played at raves and clubs in the comfort of their home or car.
Looking to help document and preserve these performances, Winnipeg Mix Tape Archive was launched as a hub for accessing and promoting the early days of Winnipeg’s burgeoning electronic music culture. Mixes from maverick hardcore DJ, Fishead, and drum n’ bass trailblazer Type One have already been uploaded online.