Spin me ’round
DJ Chris Seefelt fuels Chelsea's late-night scene
December 1, 2006
Steamboat Springs — Being a deejay requires time, consistency, patience and a lot of lonely nights.
Self-taught DJ Chris Seefelt has spent a lot of time at home playing records. Now he spins house, trance and progressive tracks every weekend at Chelsea’s Restaurant.
Seefelt has accumulated between 2,500 and 3,000 records and seven Hawaiian shirts that he wears while mixing tracks.
“Ninety percent of what I spin is vinyl,” Seefelt said. “I bring 300 or 400 records to Chelsea’s on Friday nights and play about 150 of them.”
He uses vinyl because he said it sounds better and has a certain friction to it.
“When you hear a crackle, it’s good,” Seefelt said. “CD spinners are hokey.”
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Seefelt, who has built his record collection through hand-me-downs and purchases off the Internet and from record stores, said his goal is to one day own his own vinyl press so he can make his own records.
His day job is a home audio installation business, which provides the money to purchase new deejaying equipment. Seefelt spins records just for the fun of it.
“I never did it for a paycheck,” Seefelt said. “I played guitar and trumpet when I was young, but you are limited to what you can do. Deejaying gives you the ultimate flexibility of whatever you can get your hands on.”
Seefelt spent last winter playing records in after-hours club pubs in Prague, Czech Republic. It wasn’t what you would expect to find in Steamboat Springs.
“The club scene is comparable to bigger cities like Chicago, but they just never close,” he said. “You are two floors underground and have no sense of time or daylight. There are chicks in cages, and some clubs open at midnight and close at noon.”
European electronic music is not as aggressive as what Seefelt plays.
“I played with guys over there who were amazed by the tracks I had,” he said. “And now I’m getting more aggressive and can drop records closer and on top of each other.”
One of the bonuses of being a DJ is that you can appreciate the music without having to know how to dance to it.
“I play records so I don’t have to dance,” Seefelt said.
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