Vinyl Vaults is devoted to lovers of music on vinyl, be it soul, funk, old school or deep house. The weekly broadcast provides the sort of musical education that would have had you rushing to class, and the shows often shine a spotlight on the music of illustrious artists & producers that deserve our renewed attention.
A note from Mster Pablo:
My earliest memories of childhood are always connected to music.
As a kid mr.pablo was obsessed with radio. spending countless hours going through the dial. “Radio amazed me, the dj, the music, the build up, waiting for the next track, it just all seemed familiar to me, moms would have to literally pull me away from my radio”. At the age of 13 he began collecting vinyl, random pieces of commercial music and soundtracks, with a heavy interest in rock and pop. “I was very open to music at the time, anything that caught my ear was purchased, as children we are sponges at this age, trying to figure ourselves out through music.”Things quickly changed as one evening, while dialing through the radio stations, Pablo came upon a show which featured this new sound, House. “I dont recall what show it was, I wish could, but it really is what started my whole interest in house music, and eventually djing, i hadnt really heard of beat matching and mixing, radio had so many commercials and talk over, that i hadnt been exposed to what clubs did with music, it was a whole new world, i just knew i wanted to be a part of it.”
Not long after, while hanging out at a bush party, a friend of his secretly suggested they leave the party and head into the city.”His name was Troy, it was about 1230 on a saturday night, in the jane and finch area of Toronto. There wasnt much to do, so we would all head into the creek and park areas, and hangout. Troy came over to me and asked me if i wanted to head into the city, I thought it was odd, I mean, whats to do in the city at that time? I wasnt of age, so I knew we werent going to a disco, but I was game, he told me not to worry, that it was going to be a “jam”. So there we were, 1 am in what was later to become the club district. We walked through alley ways, it was like a maze. Then he paused. Told me he was listening for the bass, the bass?? We continued until yes….the bass, turned a corner and there it was, a black door, a red light, a password, 5$ and we were in…..my life changed. i had never been in this type of environment. with the music. with the dj. bliss”
With this new sound ringing in his ears, a new obsession emerged, the search for more. The next step, purchasing his first set of dj equipment, 1200’s and a mixer. The tools of a dj.
For the next 23 years he would be immersed in house and techno music, spending countless hours per week in local record shops, clubs, lounges, afterhours and absorbing as much as he could.
“The record shop was like a barber shop for vinyl junkies, it wasnt just about buying records, it was our club house, a meeting place for like minds at the time. We learned from each other through listening, talking and observing, the shops inpired me as did the patrons who always had advice, or who would direct you to an event, or a rare 12″, the record shop was heaven to a cat like me.” During this period Pablo kept busy playing warehouse parties, neighbourhood jams, basement hangs and small late night events. “At heart I have always been a collector first, a fan of the producers , the djs, till this day I still consider myself a top notch collector and fan and secondly a dj.”
After years of freelancing Pablo began to consider organizing events, he saw some voids and felt that they should and needed to be filled. “House music and the “scene” were changing, they were growing and that growth caused a bit of seperation, genre parties began to pop up, at one point you could be at an event and hear a whole mix of genres of house and dance, but now promoters were pushing only certain genres and this changed the way djs bought music, and played music. Then… venues began to close, Torontos condo boom, and escalating rent prices didnt allow for clubs to survive. The club district was dismantled and the citys best known and loved house venues were gone, this left a huge void, a new thing was on the horizon.” At 33 Pablo decided to invest in venues, opening 2 afterhours clubs and later a legit bar/lounge. “I partnered up to open a couple of afterhours spaces where we could offer the right environment for the music, sadly like most afterhours locations, it only lasted a year and eventually we were shut down, at that point I took it to a legitmate avenue, opening Nile Bar.”
Nile Bar was a small bar, with great sound. It hosted some great talent and had a nice ride of 3 years, closing only because of changes in partnership, sadly happening just as the venue began to turn profit.m“Running Nile was fantastic, I didnt care that it closed, i knew i had learned enough to make some more moves, and thats when I decided to begin promoting and organizing events on a larger scale.” Thus began VINYL VAULTS and BEATDOWN. Vinyl Vaults is an all wax event showcasing Toronto’s best talent and bringing in international talents aswell. No need to name drop, but Vinyl Vaults saw some great names come through, the event grew and is now heading into its 6th year,
BEATDOWN was a weekly held residency at Andy Pool Hall, lasting 3 years and hosting over 150 of torontos house and techno djs, sadly The Hall closed its doors and BEATDOWN closed up shop, but we hope to relaunch again soon.mCurrently Pablo has planned the relaunch of VV after a year on hiatus, with big surprises ahead, you can catch him Thursday evenings from 8 to 11pm on CTRL ROOM radio, running his VINYL VAULTS RADIO show.