And our journey continues to the best kept and unique rooms from all over the world. For the love of vinyl, Rod Skunk alias Soulkasperl from Munich created his so called “Plattenkreisel”, a custom vinyl and DJ booth circle that contains about 3000 vinyls that looks a bit like a huge bathtub. Let’s get into details with Rod Skunk with a little interview and dive into vinyl. Edit: The famous Plattenkreisel is now available for your room. Rod Skunk offers to build your own unique handcrafted piece on demand.
Hey Rod Skunk, we really like the idea of a round DJ booth. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. When did you start DJing? “DJ since 1991. Since 1997 I am co-organizer of the nightclub The Atomic Café in Munich. From 1998 to 2007 I ran a monthly 2-hour radioshow on a Munich local radio station.”
Tell us more about your passion for the music. “I was born orn in 1970. As a DJ I was socialized in the late80s both by first garagepunk-/psych-revival and northern soul/acidjazz on the other hand. This field with all it’s subgenres still defines my musical taste today combined with a few midskool- & underground-hiphop. I also visited early ebm- and house-parties regularly in my early 20s but lost interest over the years for (instrumental) electronic music; I still can have a great party with it, but seldom want to own a record of it.”
Your DJ booth is unique and really classy, who built it? The Motivation for my Plattenkreisel (that means record circle in Bavarian) was pure laziness – to reach every record in under 30 seconds without getting up. So I drew a blueprint and gave it to a carpenter friend of mine named Michael Locke for constructing. He changed some details, for example he added a table board beneath the mixer which can be pulled out. The whole construction took him about a month to build. It consists of five pieces, each one as heavy you wouldn’t wish to move house with ever again.
How many records do you keep in your room? “I own about 2000 LPs and 1000 45s, 80% pre-1975 today. It where about 5000 in 2006 – but i started selling all records i don’t really like anymore, regardless of being important for me in the past. Just want to keep records I know what’s on it and I appreciate now.”
What equipment do you use? “Braun CSV 60 tube-amplifier (1962) – not the best amp, but still works fine with a warm sound and i have nostalgic feelings about it. Pioneer DJM-300-S mixer – Small and simple. Does Enough for my homelistening pleasure. I don’t practice mixing in a modern sense. 2x Technics SL 1210 MK2 turntables and a MacBook Pro 17” for my streaming-software (nicecast/djay/itunes). I stream about 3000 tracks (ca. 7 days) from slow hangover/Sunday-afternoontracks to Saturday’s uptempo and weekly again. All taken from my former CD-collection, thereof ca. 700 tracks identical to my vinyl-collection.”
Whats your alltime favourite record in your collection? “Actually i like them all, but for a desert island it wqould be: Curtis Mayfield 2LP Curtis/Live! (Curtom Records, cut in 1971 at The Bitter End, NYC)”
Yeah, we love that record, too. Thats one of those albums that can be played continuously. Thank you for the interview, Robert.
Edit: You can now get your very own Vinylcircle aka Plattenkreisel. A perfectly handcarfted masterpiece with the space for 1400 records and a peerless feeling of being in a vinyl command centre. Get in touch with Robert through one of the following links.