DJ Stingray 313 Centre for Digital Media, Vancouver, BC, September 14

DJ Stingray 313 Centre for Digital Media, Vancouver, BC, September 14
Unlike so many contemporary electronic acts that label themselves "DJ," Sherard Ingram (aka DJ Stingray 313) uses the qualifier literally. Manning two Tec 12s, Ingram would turn away from the decks, skim through his crate of vinyl until he found something he wanted, put it on the turntable, beat-match it by ear in his headphones, mix it in by hand for eight bars, and then do it all over again... for over two hours. A fully analog DJ set is a rarity in the age of Ableton and Serato, but Ingram doesn't just get by on novelty. An imposing physical presence, looking like an audio villain in his black ski mask, the Detroit legend tweaked his extended mixes with vigour, and brought the heaviest science fiction he could find with nasty electro-tinged beats that pushed conventional BPM limits while retaining hints of the retro-futuristic whimsy of the classic genre. Ingram brought the real deal this evening, just like how they partied in 1999.