ABOUT

I Love Vinyl was founded by Ben Goldfarb aka DJ Scribe in the Summer of 2009 with five other seasoned djs hailing from NYC, Chicago, Baltimore, and beyond. They had a dream of carving out a sacred space for the music they love and a shared belief in its power. They would play vinyl only because they believed that "the medium is the message". Something about that felt special to them, and they bet they weren't the only ones... There were a few more ground rules. This is how it would work. This is how it would go down: All of the available residents would play every party together. No headliner. No "draw". Just the music, and the way it's played.

The wager paid off.

They launched the monthly all-vinyl oasis at the Gallery at LPR (Le Poisson Rouge), where it continues still, on 4th Saturdays. The clubgoing denizens of NYC showed up and made the dream a reality. The parties were equal parts therapy session, history lesson, homecooked meal, and cosmic journey. The music was deep, far-reaching, and always different. And the crowd was unusually diverse, unpretentious, and just downright nice. Everyone was welcome, and truly seemed to feel that way. And so the word spread. The party sprouted a second home in Brooklyn. Then a third in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Special events were held in other cities, internationally, and at cultural institutions from Lincoln Center to Celebrate Brooklyn, plus museums, colleges, and more. A radio show was born and continues to grow...

The sound of I Love Vinyl is mind-wide, foot-friendly, and snap crackle popping, which means that genre, time period, and recognizability take a back seat to quality, taste, and skill here, in the tradition of the innovators of the Art of Moving Butts. You will probably hear some Disco, House, Soul, Boogie, Jazz-Funk, and maybe some Hip-Hop, Techno, No Wave, New Jack Swing, Dancefloor Jazz, Latin, Funk, Electro, Punk/Funk or Afrobeat. Whatever you hear, it will be woven into a cohesively funky, and irresistibly danceable, revolutionary sonic manifesto.

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THE DREAM TEAM

DJ Scribe

I Love Vinyl Founder DJ Scribe spins dynamic sets from the heart, ranging from deep soul to dancefloor killers, acoustic jazz to glitch-hop and techno. But a list of genres doesn't do justice to describing his repertoire because, for Scribe, it's all about the right feeling.

Spinning full-time since 2002, he taught himself how to mix on live radio on WOBC FM at Oberlin College in Ohio, where he then began to cut his teeth as a dj at house parties and campus events, eventually opening for A Tribe Called Quest in front of 3,000 people. It was the first show of their groundbreaking Low End Theory Tour.

Scribe has developed numerous acclaimed residencies: Love Revolution at Joe's Pub; Tag, in partnership with Wax Poetics Magazine; Stone Soup in conjunction with BBE Records; Soulnado, at the world-famous Knitting Factory, a joint effort with DJ Busquelo; and one of the most respected parties at Miami's annual Winter Music Conference since 2006: the Raw Fusion Miami party. In 2006, Scribe and partner OP! (Suite 903) founded Nu-iSh, a multifaceted venture dedicated to representing, supporting, and exposing the best new music. In 2008, Scribe and OP!, under the Nu-iSh umbrella, launched the monthly instant smash Raw Fusion NYC, the New York arm of the Raw Fusion franchise, at APT, one of NYC's top dj venues.

He has also shared the marquee at live music venues like the Highline Ballroom, Le Poisson Rouge, SOB's and Joe's Pub with Floetry, Roy Ayers, Black Eyed Peas, Scratch of The Roots, Omar, Eve, Dwele, Les Nubians, Stephanie McKay, Antibalas, Little Dragon, Chin Chin and others; moved the crowd all over Western and Eastern Europe; and traveled extensively within the US and Canada, including multiple appearances at the annual Candela Art and Music Festival in Puerto Rico, Winter Music Conference, and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.

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Amir Abdullah

Like legendary treasure-hunters, Amir has spent the past twenty-five years excavating record bins finding gems to pierce ears with. Fortunately, everyone gets to share in the riches of his labor; long-forgotten musicians are now getting their proper dues and appreciative audiences are being turned on to some amazing music.

Since first putting it down with partner Kon in 1997, Amir has co-released a total of eight albums; six On Track installments of critical acclaim, another album called The Cleaning, and most recently, an album appropriately titled, The Kings of Diggin’ along with DJ Muro from Japan.

As a child, Amir’s sonic environment included his father’s jazz collection, his mother’s gospel and his older siblings' disco. Later, when he listened to hip-hop, he came to fully appreciate the soundtrack of his youth. In early Run-DMC and The Treacherous Three songs he recognized many of the samples used on the beats from his family's music library. When he heard samples he couldn't identify, he would investigate until he found the original source. This came to be his passion: to map the sonic lineage of hip-hop.

Thousands of hours, dollars, and record stores later, Kon & Amir are ready to bring five more expertly compiled double-albums to the forefront for us to enjoy. They have managed to salvage some of the greatest music you've never heard. Audiences who are tired of being force fed subpar music will thank them for providing an alternative. As Amir puts it, "We made this for the neglected audience, for people who are looking for mature music. Simply put, these treasures are food for the soul."

Jon Oliver

"Do you take requests?" are four little words guaranteed to make a dj's hair stand on end. But not Jon Oliver's. It's not because he's amenable to requests (he's not), or even that he sports a close shave (he does). It's because Jon has relished the opportunity to field (and summarily dismiss) the most outlandish requests in order to document the jilted's often jaw-dropping responses in a hilarious (and much retweeted) series, aptly titled "How Not To Request A Song", on jonolivermusic.com. Humor aside, Jon, the native Cleavelander but longtime expat, is a force to be reckoned with and certifiably world-class, despite having only started deejaying in 2004. Outside of I Love Vinyl, he is best known for his acclaimed independent/underground soul radio show, The Main Ingredient, on East Village Radio, and memorable jaunts outside the five boroughs, from Houston to LA and Sweden to Estonia.

OP!

Known in NYC and around the globe as a purveyor of all things soulful, OP! is a talented DJ and tastemaker who can hang on just about any dancefloor. From hip hop, house, and classics to future soul, UK funky and South African house, OP! can finesse them all, adopting musical diversity and focusing it into a beautifully cohesive vibe.

Through his current work with I Love Vinyl and Dubspot, along with his past works with Suite903, Raw Fusion NYC, OkayAfrica, and Party People South Africa, on the DJ side; and Decon, Cornerstone Promotion/The Fader, and Studio Distribution/BBE, on the industry side, OP! has been instrumental in shining a light on underground and global soul, and continues to champion its relevance on the world stage.

Shawn Dub

The latest addition to the crew, Shawn is a seasoned dj and collector with deep crates, from Long Beach, California. He moved to NYC a few years ago after a stint in the Bay Area where he was a vital member of the underground scene.