The Crate Diggers Project

Showcasing DJs and vinyl enthusiasts and their record collections.

DJ Scuzzi’s Collection

November 28, 2019
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Still on the Pittsburgh tip we have Jason Pascuzzi aka DJ Scuzzi.

Name:

Jason Pascuzzi or DJ Scuzzi

Location:

Pittsburgh, PA.

Years DJing/collecting:

DJing for 18+ years, collecting records since 1987.

Do you remember the first record you ever bought?

“No Sleep til Brooklyn” 2 copies.

Approximate number of records in your collection:

About 9000.

Genres you collect:

Soul, funk, jazz, disco, house, and techno.

Artist you have the most records by/Label you have the most records by:

James Brown, Sade, and Masters at Work remixes.

Is there a holy-grail record/records you’re still trying to get?

The first Incredible Bongo Band LP.

Favorite place to dig/favorite record shop:

In Pittsburgh it’s Jerry’s records ..been going there since 87 and The Attic Since 94. If I go to Philly it’s Repo Records. When I go to Detroit ..well ..Hello Records, People’s, and Detroit Threads !

Eric Justin’s Collection

November 28, 2019
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Next up we have Eric Justin from Pittsburgh, Pa. Before I left Pittsburgh, Eric and I had a monthly at The Goldmark called HOME where we played nothing but classic house on vinyl. He is still carrying on the night with Tony Ruiz. One of the most respected OG jocks in the area.

Name:

Eric “ericjustin” Edmondson, I sometimes go by ejust on my online mixes.

Location:

Pittsburgh, PA.

My bio:

I grew up un Economy, PA and moved to Pittsburgh when I graduated high school in 95. I was first introduced to house and techno at the age of 16 when some friends took me to an all age event at Club Metropol back in 92. Shortly after, I started buying records at Turbo Zen and begun playing raves and club nights around Pittsburgh. In 94, I got my first club residency at Cloud Nine on 21st in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. It was at this time that I begun to play garage house and tribal which was popular at the time. After a short move to Philly in 97, I returned to Pittsburgh in 2000 and went on to help run Hypervinyl Records. Since my return to Pittsburgh, I have DJed at many club nights around town, most memorable was Sunday Nights at Pub IG.

Years DJing/collecting:

I have been DJing / collecting for 27years.

Do you remember the first record you ever bought?

I recall buying “Stay Hungry” by Twisted Sister in the first grade. I’m pretty sure that was my first LP. lol

Approximate number of records in your collection:

According to Discogs, I have 3,501 records. Check ‘em out https://www.discogs.com/user/ericjustin

Genres you collect:

Underground House Music, mainly Garage House / New Jersey Sound but I also collect NY, Chicago, and Detroit styles. I also collect Disco and some Techno.

Artist you have the most records by/Label you have the most records by:

Discogs tells me that I have 124 Louie Vega records and 101 from Blaze. I probably have more Strictly Rhythm records than anything else (127) but I am most proud of my Complete discography of John Robinson’s Nott-Us and Black Rain labels. I am also proud of my nearly complete discography of Movin’ Records (1 shy of complete)

How are your records arranged?

My collection is arranged geographically and by label. I try to separate my NJ labels from those from NY but it’s kinda hard. I also have my Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, and Toronto labels filled separately as well as my imports. Disco is filled separately and again by label.

Is there a holy-grail record/records you’re still trying to get?

My holy grail record for many years has been Movin’ Records 012 / Park Ave – Don’t Turn Your Love (remixes) This 12” has a remix from my favorite DJ, Tony Humphries. I need this to complete the discography. Check it out https://www.discogs.com/Park-Ave-Featuring-Tony-Jenkins-Dont-Turn-Your-Love/release/25684

Favorite place to dig/favorite record shop:

My favorite place to dig has always been Attic Records in Millvale (Pittsburgh) Dance Tracks NYC was always my favorite. I wish it was still open.

Anything else?

These days, I play vinyl and digitally with XDJs but I have not stopped buying records. I will never stop!

Any social media and projects you want to promote:

I’m not very social media savvy but I do have a mix cloud page where you can hear my mixes.

https://www.discogs.com/user/ericjustin

Discogs, We Thank You.

November 27, 2019
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I often take for granted that whenever a record pops in my head, or I hear a track played that I don’t have, how easy it is to open up Discogs and dig for it. Most of the time you can find what you’re looking for pretty easily.

While nothing beats digging in an actual record store, sometimes you just want what you want. If you’ve curated a nice wantlist, sometimes you get really lucky and a seller has a handful of them and you can knock it out in one click of a button.

One of the issues I have here in Ontario is some sellers won’t ship to Canada, or it’s a pain with duty and customs so I usually have any orders not from Canada go to Pittsburgh where I pick them up when I go back (it’s only a 6 1/2 hour drive).

On my last trip I was greeted with this lovely site, which is a few months of frenzied virtual digging.

Between what is in those boxes from around the globe, and what I got digging in Pittsburgh at Jerry’s, I brought home about 3 crates of vinyl. Mostly classic house and dance, a bunch of wicker peacock chair cover albums, and the reissue of Journey’s greatest hits on vinyl. Most of them will go in the queue to get ripped and then put in their forever home until I pull them to play.

In any case, Discogs, thank you for making the entire world a diggers paradise.

I’ll Start// DJ Strobe’s Collection

November 26, 2019
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So this is part visual, and part interview. I ask questions, you answer, and supply me with some awesome pics of your vinyl. I’ll get the ball rolling.

Name:

DJ Strobe

Location:

Ontario, Canada.

My bio:

When I’m not collecting records, I am in the studio remixing and producing or working on my weekly mixshows.

Years DJing/collecting:

About 35. Yikes.

Do you remember the first record you ever bought?

My parents had a pretty big collection of records, mostly artists like Elton John, Barry Manilow and Barbara Striestand, but the first record I remember walking into a store and buying was Michael Jacksons “Off The Wall” and Depeche Mode’s “Speak And Spell” around 1981.

Approximate number of records in your collection:

Rough estimate, about 4,000.

Genres you collect:

I would say 60% of my collection is classic house and club from the 80s through 2002. Followed by 80s New Wave, then disco, then whatever rock/soul/funk/hip hop I have kept in my collection that I still love.

I also have two collection quests if you will, to get all the vinyl with Keith Haring designs on them, and for some strange reason, albums with wicker peacock chairs on the cover. I have all but 2 of the Haring covers, and lord knows how many covers there actually are with the peacock chairs on them, but I have about 50 of them. I’ll do a separate post about those another time.

Artist you have the most records by/Label you have the most records by:

This is easy. Todd Terry & Strictly Rhythm. I am 90% sure I have the most complete pre-2000 collection of Todd Terry vinyl anywhere. And living in New York during the 90s, I used to grab every Strictly Rhythm promo I could from the label, so I have about 70% of the entire catalog currently.

After Todd Terry, the artists I have the most of are Depeche Mode, Pal Joey, The Mad Frenchman, and Masters At Work.

How are your records arranged?

By genre, and by artist & labels. I do not have them alphabetized in any way shape or form, but I do group records by the same artists together.

Is there a holy-grail record/records you’re still trying to get?

There are two. The first is “Crack Is Wack” by Bipo with the Keith Haring cover (you have one to sell lol) and the other is “10 Ragas To A Disco Beat” by Charanjit Singh.

Favorite place to dig/favorite record shop:

Jerry’s Records in Pittsburgh, Pa and Play De Record in Tornto, Ontario. I definitely want to go to Japan and dig. I do miss the 90s living in New York, there were so many amazing and legendary stores.

Anything else?

I also collect vintage portable turntables, audio gear, and boomboxes as well as random music collectables.

Any social media and projects you want to promote:

You can find me over at www.djstrobe.com and you can also hear me every weekend over on mix93fm at 11pm Saturdays for AFTER PURRTY and Sundays at 3pm for THE VIBE and at 10pm for the AFTER PURRTY replay. I also post each weeks sets on my mixcloud (link at my website)

http://www.mixcoud.com/djstrobe

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