Welcome to our brand new interview series, ‘Stories About Records’ where we ask our members and some of our favourite Djs about their most cherished 45. This is not about perceived or discogs monetary value but personal value that is tied up in memories, stories, love, loss, life, family and a passion for this particular 7″ vinyl record.
We want to know what the record is, what it sounds like and why it is so important to you.
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Now to Dj Magič from Prague!
Firstly, tell us about yourself as a Dj and Collector of 45s, how long have you been playing and collecting, why 45s, what was the first 45 you were given and also the first 45 you bought? Do you still have them?
I’m from Prague, Czech Republic, and I started djing in 2011.
Until then, I was more of a beatmaker and I only collected vinyl for sampling, mostly LPs.
I focused on 45s more only later, because they started to suit me more when doing gigs.
The first 45 I bought was ‘Otis Redding – Try a Little Tenderness’.
I don’t actually have that record anymore but I remember it because I sampled it on my friend’s MPC and the track happened to be on my beat CD from 2012.
That friend of mine doesn’t have the MPC either by the way.
He upgraded to a newer version and so did I with my turntables!
Shortly after that I bought my first pair of Technics from Wavezz, another Forty Five King, with whom I’ve played with most often since day one.
He is the first person who gave me a 45 as a present, probably in 2013.
It was ‘Chris Joss – Toxic Smoke’ which I still have.
What is your most cherished 45? Why is it so important to you? What is it’s story (label, year, artist, musicians), where did it come from?
That’s definitely ‘Close Your Eyes’ by The Capprells with The Sul Brothers Band which is a classic b-boy tune.
It was released on the band’s self funded label Bano and obviously it’s very rare.
I first learned about it on a visit to Darrell from the world famous b-boy crew ‘Second to None’ from Bournemouth, UK.
Since I was living there between 2014 and 2015 we had plenty of chances to share some knowledge.
I’ve got to admit though, I was the one learning stuff all the time but discovering this one was like I was hit by a thunderbolt.
Just like the one that hit Al Pacino in the Godfather II!
The drums with the horns are massive and with the singing it’s kind of cheeky.
It just makes you dance, you know.
Since the record is very expensive I hesitated to buy it for a long time but I told my girlfriend too many stories about the record, so she eventually bought it for me on my 30th birthday.
It was the best gift ever!
And by the way the record it was a part of my Forty Five Kings Mix!
Thanks for your time.
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Dj Magič also did an incredibly good mix for us late last year that is worth a listen:
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