While digital is no doubt sitting pretty at the helm of the format kingdom, there are some folk out there who will always be vinyl obsessives - happiest when digging through crates or shifting through piles of dusty old records at record fairs, car boot sales and charity shops.
As part of WMC week, the conference organisers are holding a gargantuan record fair chock full of plastic to get collectors drooling. It takes place on Saturday 29th March at The Miami Beach Hotel Resort & Spa, 4833 Collins Ave. Essentially an arena for vinyl junkies, collectors and dealers to meet up and dig, buy, sell and trade until their eager little arms drop off, it's well worth a visit. We asked a selection of DJs what they'd like to find there…
Dave Lee (AKA Joey Negro)
What record would you most like to unearth at a record fair?
"An album by Sparkle, a super rare jazz funk soul LP from the Wood Brass and Steel stable. However, sometimes the best finds are records you didn't even know existed."
What records from your own collection would you try to sell?
"I have some Smiths miss-pressings from when I worked at Rough Trade. I like The Smiths but I'm not bothered about owning collectors' items from them."
What's the best record fair you've been to?
"There is one I went to in NYC, which was pretty good by current standards. It's enormous and held in November every year. However, the best records fairs I went to were in the late-'80s before the internet, and when you could pick up some real bargains. Alas, I didn't have the spare cash to take advantage of all on offer!"