D: Was last night the first time you’ve DJed with just CD decks?

J: I think so.

D: That’s funny that you’re not sure.

J: It’s different, and I really don’t like it so much. Having to look at a list
of what’s on the disc and pushing too many buttons. …. Vinyl, you don’t have to
look at the meter. Your mind can be elsewhere, your eyes can be elsewhere. 

You use your ears less in the digital format than you do in analogue, in a vinyl
situation, because your listening very much to the frequencies to know, or the 
structure of the song to give you cues for when to do what. Or how to weed away 
those frequencies so that you can mix the next record in. 

But when you have to look at the screen or a computer read out it’s different. 
In some cases, it’s OK, because last night I was concerned about the vibration, 
because we were setting things on the floor. 

But I would much prefer to use vinyl, because of the physical aspect of 
connecting with this motion, this clockwise motion of this disc, information, 
the frailty of it all.

The needle is just tracking on the surface of this record.  And that any jolt
would totally disorient it, and everyone else, and myself.

And that I think is most reflective of the life of what we are, and who we are
and how we live.  We don’t control our destiny, we don’t control our life, we 
don’t control what tomorrow is going to be.

It’s by coincidence. We have to adapt.

And that I think is why I think I like vinyl the most, because it puts you right
on the edge of disaster. And that I still like.



From Jeff Mills Interview By Derek Walmsley