There are old-school DJs and then there's DJ Amelia Foxtrot of Austin Phonograph Co. in Texas. Her turntables are antique hand-cranked phonographs and her records are scratchy-sounding 78s.
Of course, I was immediately charmed by all of this. I reached out to her and she shared:
I've been doing phonograph DJ work for 7 years. I started in 2012 because I wanted to buy a phonograph. Being an entrepreneur at heart, I thought if I created a business DJing with it, my hobby would fund itself. And I got to buy two!
She mostly plays private events like seances (!), weddings, and fancy birthday parties. Though, on March 24, you can catch her at the Jazz Age Sunday Social in Dallas.
Amelia also co-owns and runs Sweet Ritual, a popular dairy-free ice cream shop in Austin. Additionally, she teaches Cool School for budding vegan ice cream parlor owners.
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#Repost @phonographfilm ・・・ "Once & Again" Official Trailer. "Once & Again," a documentary short about three Austin-based antique phonograph collectors, explores the human desire to connect with the music and voices of the past. A film by Isabel Dunn, with cinematography by Carlo Nasisse. Featuring Louis Alexander Waldman, Amelia "Foxtrot" Raley, and Jim Cartwright.
photo by Sam Ortega