Living as a Mod in the 21st Century

Friday, September 18, 2015

Profiles Of The Best 60s / Mod DJs in North America: Part VI

Your name / DJ

Tom Dechristofaro / dj ALR!GHT 


Cleveland, Ohio 

How would you describe your musical style?

Loud and Fun, I guess is my musical style. Which I'd say is a healthy dose of sweaty RnB, early Soul, Mad Mike Moldies, and primitive Rock n' Roll. 

What is your “go to” track? The one you will likely never get tired of spinning?

Hmmmm such a tough question really, but after quickly shuffling through my box I'd have to say maybe the Gardenia's - I'm Laughing at You / Houdini on Hi-Q. Been in there for years and hasn't left. It's just so wild and pounding. I've distinct memories of spinning at many of my gig's crazier moments too. But there's so many it's hard to pick and choose just one. Classics like Irma Thomas - Breakaway and Count Ferrell's - Wizard of Ahh's haven't lost any sheen after all these years. 

Regardless of price, name THE record that is missing from your collection.

I try to not have a huge, impossible "want-list" because in the end it just drives me bananas and I've noticed my favorite records have found me via luck or a friend, etc. And not vice versa. BUT, of course, there's tons of treasures out there I'd love to have if money was no object. Off the top of my head I'd say a nice juicy copy of the Yum-Yum's - Gonna Be a Big Thing. 

Where can we see you spin on a regular basis? Tell us about the night or an event you would like to promote.

I do a monthly night called Secret Soul Club with a few pals, which is almost 4 years strong now. It's always a lotta fun and it brings me much joy, as well as the occasional gigs opening for bands at the Beachland Ballroom. Plus, I'm always up for a trip to spin out-of-town. Have Love, Will Travel, Patrick.

Is vinyl the only acceptable format for playing your style of music?

For me, yes. I enjoy the physicality and the strange magic of 45s. But I guess as long as you and your audience are having fun it doesn't really matter. There's so much crap music out there nowadays, that it's silly to shame anyone for using different formats.

What is your favorite place to buy records?

I love going to Pittsburgh (Jerry's, the Attic) , New Orleans (Euclid), and Detroit (People's) for records. Plus those are awesome cities so it's a win-win.