One of the things that ultimately cannot be stopped is the progression of technology. The dance music world – based on music made out of electronic equipment – is more aware of this than most. But occasionally, someone comes along who fails to understand this basic concept.
There are few other available explanations for a business decision that DJ Sneak – real name Carlos Sosa – made a few years ago. Back in December 2020, he announced on social media that he would no longer be releasing any new music on digital platforms – believing that it simply doesn’t provide the return that it should.
Which is odd, but fair enough – how an artist’s music is ultimately distributed is ultimately a matter for the artist themselves to work out. But he then made a particularly curious vow – he promised to have all of his music removed from the digital stores. DJ Sneak, it seemed, was to become a vinyl only product.
So back in the very early days of this site in 2021, we started to keep tabs on how Sosa was getting on with his promise. Each time we looked, the answer was much the same – it wasn’t going well at all. When we first started looking, Sosa had 613 tracks and remixes available on Traxsource – down to just 594 in January 2022. Beatport, at the same time, had a whopping 791 releases from the man himself.
As it’s been a while, let’s have another look. And we’re afraid it’s not good news – his Traxsource profile currently lists 614 tracks. In other words, Sosa has now made no progress whatsoever in over two years – and any attempts of his have apparently been a total failure. Oh dear.
Why are we mentioning all this? Well, Sosa himself posted details on Instagram recently about a new release he has coming out on vinyl – a four-track EP called “The Chicago House EP”, a name dreamt up by the David Morales School of Song Names…
Tantalisingly – well, if you like house music with uncredited sampled loops from the 70s, the formula for pretty much every release in his career – the blurb says “we’ll see” at the prospect of a digital release later on.
We think Sneak’s vow to get his records off the digital stores is dead in the water…