3 Tips on How to Transport a Record Collection

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You love records. I mean, who wouldn’t? The smell, the texture, and the sound all just add to the listening experience. You love records so much that, over the years you have amassed quite the collection, and they hold a special place in your home and your heart. But how do you move such a beast of a collection?

Fear not! We have some helpful tips to make your move less stressful. On your records, that is.

1: Preparation

Record Sleeves

Before you pack your records away, make sure your records are ready for the trip. Invest in nice outer sleeves to protect the jackets of your records. These will prevent your jackets from rubbing together and rubbing the artwork off. A sleeve that many collectors recommend is the Ultimate Outer 2.5.

2: Packing

Small Moving Box Uhaul

Box wise, many collectors recommend U-Haul’s Small Moving Box. The interior dimensions are the perfect size for a record, and they can fit about 100 (U-Haul will also buy back any unused boxes for the selling price of each box). U-Haul says the boxes can support up to 65 lbs, which should be plenty of support for records. One thing to note is that you SHOULD try to fill up each box all the way. Even though it may make the box very heavy, you don’t want your records moving and bumping into each other during the move as this could damage the records. Packing them tightly ensures that they will not move in transit.

3: Moving

Uhaul Truck

Any standard moving truck will do, really. If you can afford to splurge for a temperature-controlled truck, it certainly wouldn’t hurt. If you are driving them in your own car, make sure to keep the interior cool, but not cold.  This will provide another layer of protection against warping, which happens at higher temperatures. It may seem like it’s a good idea to put your boxes on top of everything, protecting them from getting crushed, but this actually puts the records in more danger. If the box falls, you could rip the seam of the jacket, or even crack your records. Putting your crates underneath something, tightly packed ensures that the box, and, by extension, the records, will not move during the drive.

Extra Tip #1: Going Overseas

Cargo Ship

Flying with records is extremely risky, as baggage handlers and the turbulence, as well as the low temperatures in the undercarriage of the plane could damage them.  The general consensus among collectors is to ship them via boat. Many recommend USPS’s shipping as it is reliable and relatively cheap for international shipping.

Extra Tip #2: Upgrading Inner Sleeves

Inner Sleeve

While not entirely necessary, some collectors swear by certain inner sleeves. Wax Times has compiled a list of the best inner sleeve replacements.

And there you go! These tips should help you get your record collection from point A to point B in one piece…

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How to Beatmatch with DJ Rugged One

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MMMMAVEN’s DJ Program instructor DJ Rugged One teaches how to beat match records by ear. While he is demonstrating using Serato and control vinyl in this particular tutorial, the same method applies when mixing vinyl records.

Rugged One, (an ardent Dallas Cowboy fan, fwiw!) still finds the time to teach our weekend courses.

Want to learn from the award-winning scratchmaster? That’s easy. Just email me and we’ll get started.

Vinyl Sets Are Alive And Well Thanks To KC Mackey

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From jam bands hidden among the Michigan oak trees of Rothbury Festival to hardcore bands hidden in the basements of punk houses in Allston, Mmmmaven graduate KC Mackey has always enjoyed the thrill of the chase when it comes to finding new music. So it should come as no surprise that she is drawn to playing vinyl sets, which require an intimate knowledge of one’s music and the perpetual search for new records to spin.

My goal is to master beat matching vinyl so smoothly, know my record collection so intimately, and be able to read crowds and vibes so well, that I can take a crate of records and just let people’s energy lead my whole sound from the beginning to the end of the set. I love playing songs [people] know and love, mixed with songs they probably never heard but will probably love!

Billing herself at “Pink0,” Mackey has started bringing her carefully curated vinyl sets to the general public as of late. She recently spun at ZuZu’s weekly Zuesday event, where she featured an impressive slew of records that perfectly complimented the event’s general atmosphere. Relying on the mood on the dance floor to guide her, Pink0 managed to keep the crowd going late into the night.

“The timing for my Zuesday set was perfect, because my friend who was moving had just given me a free crate of about 50 hip hop singles,” Mackey reflects. “Zuesday is known for hip-hop, R&B, booty bass, dancehall, reggaeton, and I try and stay true to the vibe of the night […] When I’m really in the groove, I like to freestyle and follow my gut, and it usually works out better than I expect!”

Mackey’s innate ability to feed off the crowd perhaps stems from her inherent love for the entire dance music culture. She got her first taste of the scene as a junior in high school after seeing Party Monster, a film about the infamous Michael Alig that has become an essential part of the club kid canon. “I bought the soundtrack and looked up more stuff by Miss Kittin, Stacey Q, and Felix da Housecat,” she remembers.

“I wanted to be a club kid so bad!”

In the years since, Mackey’s involvement with dance music has waxed and waned, but she found her permanent place in the scene after graduating from college. “I started going to clubs and getting super into house music and getting into the DIY music scene and listening to tracks by local producers, and mixes by local DJs” Mackey says.

I wanted to learn to DJ because I wanted to facilitate for other people what DJs and producers and musicians have always facilitated for me- a context for losing one’s self to dance and feeling good in one’s body and bonding with people by wiggling around like freaks together.

The more experience Pink0 gets as a live DJ, the more insight she gains into finding her own niche within Boston’s electronic music scene. “I [want] to commit myself to all-vinyl because I don’t see it as much, and I want to see more of it,” Mackey explains. “People said it’s impractical, but I really enjoy the skill of it! Plus, there’s always [going to] be some fun people who love vinyl and want it for their nights, and it feels exciting to now be in their pool of options for DJs.”

After the thrill she experienced from her set at Zuzu’s, Mackey has no plans to slow down when it comes to her DJing career. She’s bringing her vinyl skills to Middlesex on November 11 opening for another Mmmmaven grad, Byoosik, at Vault. If you can’t wait until then, you can also catch Mackey DJing between sets at Midway Cafe’s Substructure event on October 28.

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Turntable-Related Humor

DJing isn’t always fun and games, but when it is, it sure is funny.  This French Bulldog has clearly taken our DJ 101 Class:

And these kittens don’t need a scratching post, they seem to be doing just fine scratching on turntables:

While many DJs have switched to a digital performance method, this man still understands the true joy of records:

New Yorker Vinyl

Even Spock can can get down with vinyl:

Spock Vinyl DJ

Have you been DJing long enough to feel like this guy?

Old Guy Record Crates

We knew Pope Francis was cool… but we didn’t know he was this cool

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