Marko Militano deplores the situation. “It used to be you’d go to Boston Beat or Satellite to buy your stuff. There’d be all kinds of obscure records, just the thing that a DJ wants, stuff that no other DJ would have. Plus there was shop talk at these stores. Now everybody’s playing the same music.” Is Militano right? He may well miss the house specialty stores because his partner Tari used to work at Satellite. Still, it’s hard to imagine how any specialty store could match the huge volume of tracks — most of them certifiably obscure — that are available at a BeatPort.com or a Traxsource.com.
Every house spinner or producer with any claim to prominence maintains a site at MySpace. The major Boston DJs — Cris Micali, Randy Deshaies, Paul Dailey, Swells, DJ Kares, Susan Esthera, DJ McCrea, Wayne Michael, Filthy, Wheels, DJ Deka, DJ McCrea, DJ Greg Pic, Jay Prouty — all have active sites. Joseph Colbourne, a Jamaica Plain DJ specializing in classic disco (played on classic Technics turntables), has been a MySpace presence long enough to garner 520 friends. You can also find Johnny B’s Tribal Beatz band at MySpace and sites for Team Unleash, Bon Ton Productions (three lively gals who book DJs into major Boston clubs and promote their bookings), and 6 one 7 Productions (who put together house-music party events at the city’s liveliest venues).
So it goes. House music works the graveyard shift, from midnight to 7 am, but with so much energy that in its beats the dead have risen.
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