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An ethnographic study uncovers the work of nightclub DJs, which extends far beyond the act of mixing tracks to also encompass collecting music, preparing for performances, and promotion and networking. We reveal how DJs value vinyl and digital formats in different ways, acquire music through 'crate digging', prepare physical and digital crates of music before gigs, and how these underpin improvised selections during their performances. We document how DJs interact with promoters, venues,doi:10.1145/2207676.2208314 dblp:conf/chi/AhmedBC12 fatcat:g4cyjpbn25fnjc5xcb5w2jbrlq