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Le interviste di Vinyl Sound Radio ai collezionisti di vinili da tutto il mondo

When did you become a collector?

Sam: I started collecting vinyl about 6 years ago, my aunt was throwing away a load of her old records so I sifted through them first and took a few to keep.

Nat: Funnily enough, Sam got me my first record ‘Enemy of the World’ by Four Year Strong. I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s a deadly addiction, that’s for sure!

How old were you when you bought your first record?

Sam: I technically bought a 7″ single of blink-182s “Not Now” when I was 16 but more for the fact they were my favourite band not the fact it was vinyl. I was probably 19 when I actually bought my first proper album on vinyl.

Nat: I was 17 when I started collecting vinyl properly.

What was the name of that record?

Sam: It was Nirvanas “Nevermind” and placebo’s “Without You, I’m Nothing”.

Nat: I went and bought American Footballs self-titled and AFI’s ‘Burials’, straight after Sam got me Four Year Strong’s record.

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hard rock vinyls

What genres do you collect?

Sam: Anything that takes my fancy really. Started off by only buying albums I considered classics but now it’s the only way I purchase music. If I had to narrow it down I’ve probably got more pop punk/emo records in my collection than anything else.

Nat: Anything that I think I’ll still be spinning in years to come. The odd bit of pop punk, but I love metal music particularly Architects and Deftones, but I’ll spin anything from Eminem to David Bowie. I won’t lie, I’m dying to get a few One Direction too.

How many records have you got?

Sam: 70 including singles

Have you got colored records or records made in a particular form not usual?

Sam: Yeah I have a fair few coloured vinyls and a couple of picture discs as well.

Nat: Coloured records are even worse to get addicted to than your normal black 180 gram! I’d say the majority of my records are coloured, but in all honesty, I’m not fussed on the colour as long as the record is decent.

Have you got a favourite artist, singer or band?

Sam: My favourite bands are Motion City Soundtrack and blink-182. My two favourite singers are Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and my favourite artists are Tom DeLonge, Justin Courtney Pierre and Dan “Soupy” Campbell.

Nat: My top three favourite bands are Deftones, Foo Fighters and blink-182. My favourite singers are Frank Sinatra, Morrissey and George Michael. My favourite artists are Charlie Simpson, Dave Grohl, Rou Reynolds and Chino Moreno.

Do you prefer albums or singles?

Sam: Albums mostly, but I love digging through old singles in record shops too.

Nat: Albums too. It’s effort having to get back up so quickly to change the 45!

How many turntables have you got? What brand are they?

Sam: Just the one now. A Murphy classic. I used to have a Bush one as well but I don’t recommend it.

Nat: I have one which is pretty basic to be honest. But in next month I’ll have a brand new one. No doubt it’ll be up on our Instagram account

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Is there a song that reminds you of a particular moment in your life?

Sam: Too many to mention, some happy, some sad. If I had to pick one it would be “Daylight” by Matt and Kim. It reminds me of summers back in my hometown with my friends when we were teenagers.

Where do you buy your records?

Sam: I try to mostly buy from independent stores like banquet records in Kingston or Truck store in Oxford. However I do use HMV occasionally as well.
Nat: I buy from Banquet records, HMV, Amazon, the Vinyl Vault in Cheltenham, and Specialist Subject Records in Bristol.

What do you feel when you buy a new record?

Sam: If it’s an album I’ve been looking for a while there’s definitely a child like sense of achievement. That’s the best thing about searching through record stores, finding hidden gems.

Do you listen to your records often or do you prefer to preserve them?

Sam: All the time. I definitely believe they’re meant to be seen AND heard.

What do like more of a record? Cover, smell, colour, sound or all of these things together?

Sam: I think as long as the record is in good condition and sounds great when on the turntable then I’m happy.

Do you buy only new records or used as well?

Sam: Both. There’s some great record shops that only sell used records.
That’s been where I’ve come across some of my best finds.

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Have you ever done any swaps with other collectors or friends?

Sam: Not as of yet. We’ve given vinyl away on our page before though!

Do you like the covers? Do you pay attention to them when buying records?

Sam: If a record has an interesting cover it definitely grabs my attention but I can’t say I’ve ever bought a record on the way a cover looks I’m afraid.

Why vinyls and not cd or mp3?

Sam: I think it’s a much more personal way of listening to music. Its so easy now for people to only listen to the singles by a band or artist rather than immerse themselves in the whole record. I think if you’re playing a vinyl then you’re commuting yourself to it.

There’s just something about the process of it as well. Taking it out the sleeve, setting it down gently and then putting the needle on that just makes it feel special.

What do you think of the return to vinyl records?

Sam: I think it’s great. It’s definitely given a resurgence to people actually purchasing music and for lesser known bands it’s a way to actually generate money for music that doesn’t just come from selling merce. Ever since getting into the vinyl community as well it’s great to see so many people passionate about music and with a means to share it as well.

I know you can easily purchase music on line as well but it’s also brought about so many more independent music shops which seemed like a thing of the past. So that’s fantastic.

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Thank you so much @theneedleonmyrecordplayer !

Live interview to Dj Capu (subtitled)

Dj Capu and his records collection: a big journey through the fabulous 80s, with Depeche Mode, Pink Floyd, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Kiss, Pet Shop Boys, madonna and many others.

Dj Capu talks about his passion for vinyl records and his job like a dj in the discotheques golden age.

 

(For Listening to the interview you have to stop the music, go to the bottom of this page and click on the music player)

Thank you so much @dj_capu69

When did you become a collector?

I am a late bloomer actually! I started collecting about two years ago, and it has very quickly become an obsession.

How old were you when you bought your first record?

I was 20 years old when I bought my first record.

What was the name of that record?

My first record was “Immortalized” by Disturbed. I was raised in a strict Christian household, and Disturbed was one of the first rock bands I ever heard and I fell in love with them. “Immortalized” was a preorder and I thought the record looked like a cool package, so I ordered that! When I received the record, I didn’t even have a turntable to play it on, so my girlfriend at the time bought me a record player, and I have been collecting ever since!

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What genres do you collect?

I collect all genres! I prefer heavy metal, but I have everything from comedy, to country, to classical, to instrumental! I believe music speaks to you, and you should listen to whatever you enjoy!

How many records have you got?

My collection is still fairly small since I have only been collecting about 2 years, but I have over 150 Records!

Have you got colored records or records made in a particular form not usual?

I have many color variants on many different records! Some with color splatter, some different solid colors. My most colorful vinyl is “The Desaturating Seven” by Primus, and it has a beautiful rainbow splatter!

Have you a favourite artist? Singer, band or musician?

It’s very hard to choose a favorite of any musician or band! I listen to so many genres that it becomes very difficult to narrow it down. I will say that I own more Iron Maiden music and memorabilia than any other artist! I have always been fascinated by Iron Maiden’s imagery, as well as their music. I have Iron Maiden figures, pins, patches, cups, records, and even a bar runner!

Do you prefer album or maxi singles?

I enjoy both! Normally I prefer the album, but to me, the singles feel like novelties!

How many turntables have you got? What brand are they?

Currently I have only one record player, it is an iLive All-In-One Turntable. It’s nothing fancy, but I am saving up for a more vintage turntable with bigger speakers for even better sound.

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Is there a song that remembers you any particular moments in your life?

The album Where The Mind Wants To Go/Where You Let It Go by I The Mighty was a record that came out in a very difficult time of my life. I had just ended a long-term relationship, My ex-girlfriend took my dog, and I felt like my world was falling apart. But when I heard the song Degenerates, it made me feel like the singer Brent Walsh knew exactly how I was feeling. At one point in this song, he says:
My head was heavy with thoughts when I got home.
I started to focus on my fears, I thought of dying alone.
But how I hate to get caught in pointless thought.
Self-pity gets me nowhere.
I guess we’ve all got things we’re still working out.
This album has helped me on so many occasions, and it will definitely remain one of my all-time favorite records.

Where do you buy your records?

I buy my records primarily from local record stores because I believe it’s important to support your local businesses! I also purchase some of my albums online.

What do you feel when you buy a new record?

Whenever I purchase a new piece of vinyl, I feel like a kid with a new bike. I can’t wait to go home and try it out! It’s a feeling that is indescribable, but a feeling that you can never get enough of!

Do you often listen to your records or you prefer to conserve ‘em and not using ‘em too much?

I believe that some records probably deserve to remain untouched, but I believe music is meant to be played, and LOUD. There’s no greater feeling than listening to a new record, and taking in every note, line, and verse.

What do you like more of a record: music, cover, smell, color, form, noise or all these things together?

All of these things together create the whole experience! There’s something special about having a tactile piece of music that you can enjoy. The smell of old records, the weight of the vinyl in your hand, there truly is nothing like it.

Do you buy only new records or used as well?

I will buy anything that interests me! I have records dating back to the early 1960’s, and I also have brand new albums that came out this year! I’m definitely not picky!

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Have you ever done any trades with friends or other collectors, or are you jealous of your records?

I haven’t done any trades, but there are definitely some record collectors I have found on Instagram who I really respect! I would never be envious of another collector’s pieces, I would only want to have a beer with them and listen to some of their collection!

Do you like the covers? Do you pay your attention on those ones too when you buy records?

I LOVE a well done cover. My philosophy is that if you do a cover of a great song or artist, make sure you do it well. One bad cover can ruin an artist for me.

Why vinyls and not cd or mp3?

I actually love collecting CDs as well! I bid on CDs on eBay, and I also love digging through the CD bins at thrift stores. I have found some hidden gems countless times! I also use MP3 and streaming services for my music because I am a delivery driver during the days. I enjoy the simplicity of having any artist at my fingertips, but I also firmly believe in buying physical music from artists you enjoy, because streaming services do not pay their artists nearly enough for the music they provide.

I guess you heard about this return to the vinyl records we live now, what do you think about?

I couldn’t be happier about this resurgence in vinyl sales! My father grew up with records, and now that they are popular again, he loves to collect them and listen to them with me whenever we get the chance! There’s no better feeling than holding a record in your hand, looking at the artwork, reading the lyrics, and truly experiencing music the way it was intended.

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Thank you so much @tonedeafjesus!

When did you become a collector?

I started collecting vinyl when I was in Middle School in Seoul, South Korea.
Some of my favourite vinyls were from 1989 from South Korea.
Now I’m living in US and keep getting a new & used records.

What was the name of that record?

I bought my first records when I was 14.
It was my first original vinyl, which was licensed by Oasis records in Korea.

What genres do you collect?

Mostly pop, I don’t like a rap and Heavy Metal. I prefer to listen and enjoy something a bit more soft and easy listening.
Bubble Gum pop is just fine with me! My collection is specially focused on female artists.
I am also very focused on western pop music and some Japanese, not many of K-pop (Sorry for that).

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How many records have you got?

739 albums, 199 singles to vinyls as of today.

Have you got colored records or records made in a particular form not usual?

Yes, I have several colored vinyl, I recently bought Dido’s “No Angel”, and also have several specialist pictured vinyl. My favourite new one is from Michael Jackson.

Have you a favourite artist? Singer, band or musician?

My one and only female artist is Madonna (she is everything)! My favourite male artist is Michael Jackson. My favourite group is Garbage.

Do you prefer album or maxi singles?

Absolutely! I have several maxi singles, and sometimes, if the cover design is especially good, I add it to my collection.

How many turntables have you got? What brand are they?

I have special one for my bedroom, and a less impressive Crosley one for my main level, but I will buy one more for basement.

Is there a song that remembers you any particular moments in your life?

I remember fondly, speaking with my former lovers with the phone sometimes when I was younger.
I used to set the background playlist ahead of time, and sometimes I often use Mariah’s “Can’t Let Go” and Wilson Phillips’s “You’re In Love”.
Even today these songs can bring a small tear to my eye. It was very moody at that time.

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wilsonphillips record

Where do you buy your records?

I have a local records shop named ‘Mills Record Company’ in downtown Kansas City which feels like my private heaven.
I always find something after digging around and also they are my go to for new releases.
Of course, I using lot of online shops as well, and my favourite used one us Discogs.

What do you feel when you buy a new record?

I’m still always excited when buying new records, it’s not just a music, it’s art. It made me feels like I am always getting new art in my life.
I especially love that fresh smell and that first time you hold a new album with my own hands! It is really awesome.
I think only true collectors might understand this feeling.
This is a purpose on life, nothing else. Vinyls are life.

Do you often listen to your records or you prefer to conserve ‘em and not using ‘em too much?

I listen to music everyday, and so everyday is a post or review day.
Yes, I conserve my all items but never hide or keep it unopened. I always open and enjoy it as often as I can.
I don’t want to sell them too at all because I already sold too many of my original 80’s collection once (huge mistake) and now regret it very, very, much.
I shouldn’t have to sell old vinyls or just given they away to someone else.

What do you like more of a record: music, cover, smell, color, form, noise or all these things together?

First thing is music and second is cover design also prefer Gatefold form. I don’t mind the noise of the sounds. I can ignore it easily.

Do you buy only new records or used as well?

Yes, I love a new records and old one from used. I want to buy something old specially wanted. Change CD to Vinyls.

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vinyl collection

Have you ever done any trades with friends or other collectors, or are you jealous of your records?

Yes, I did too many times and still very jelaous to the other people’s collection. I gave away some records to my old friends for free because they liked them.

Do you like the covers? Do you pay your attention on those ones too when you buy records?

Definitely! Cover design is one of the most important element to me! I’m a graphic designer so I always appreciate, and admire, good design. Cool music with nice design cover? I can not resist!

Why vinyls and not cd or mp3?

CD is cold and too small, No valuable for cover. MP3? Just checking the songs first, that’s all. I love vinyls because it’s big! It looks like some kind of art pieces!

I guess you heard about this return to the vinyl records we live now, what do you think about?

I never imagined this return to vinyls again- and that the vinyl world would be so alive and well, but now I’m so glad that so many people have found the joy they can bring! I’m so happy that I can focus on the music releases I love the most!

Thank you so much @lego_shin!

How did you first discover vinyl?

I think I was around 13 when I first discovered vinyl through what was left of my parents’ record collection. It’s how I discovered classic rock.

I remember them telling me they used to have quite a few more records but sold them at a garage sale and I asked them why they would ever do that! I was especially upset that they had gotten rid of Dark Side of the Moon, Sgt. Pepper, and Led Zeppelin II, albums I ended up renting on CD from the library or buying on CD.

Some of my favourites from what was left of their collection were Pink Floyd – The Wall, Cat Stevens Greatest Hits, Led Zeppelin IV, The Beatles – Abbey Road, Bob Dylan Greatest Hits Vol. II, and a very beat up copy of The Band’s self-titled album. I also really loved listening to the Grease Soundtrack since it was a play that was done at my summer camp.

My parents had two turntables, one with a belt drive, and another with direct drive. My first listening experience was with the belt drive with a belt that needed replacing. I remember listening to Abbey Road for the first time and the pitch would wobble a lot. Then I switched to a turntable I still use, the Technics SL-D2. I also remember learning the guitar solos for Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven, and Pink Floyd – Mother and playing along with the record, which was pretty cool.

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records collection

When did you become a collector?

I first started collecting when I was around 15. I was able to buy more records from working at McDonald’s. I’m pretty sure the first record I ever purchased was the MxPx 17 7″ because it had a couple of songs you couldn’t get on any of their CDs. I ended up collecting their entire discography on vinyl. I didn’t have a credit card at the time, and I remember paying for some orders with money order before I had Paypal set up.

I was a pretty strict Christian at the time and mostly listened to Christian bands. I’m not Christian anymore, and I’m not knocking anyone who is, it’s just for the sake of telling my record story. I started going to some hardcore shows and grew my collection with the Norma Jean vinyl box set, which I kind of miss now, and a few mewithoutyou albums, which I also miss.

At the time I started feeling guilty for listening to bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden because I felt they conflicted with my faith at the time. I remember trying to find some Christian classic rock & metal sounding bands. I remember having the debut albums from Petra and Whitecross. Petra had kind of an Eagles sound to them, and Whitecross sounded like a lot of glam bands, but I remember being super embarassed at the lyrical content.

I eventually branched out a bit around 2007, and got the Bad Brains comeback album Build a Nation, which is a sweet tri-colour vinyl, and all of Modern Life is War’s albums, and some other hardcore albums. I started to feel guilty as a Christian again for the music, and decided to just sell my whole collection, and convinced my parents to sell a lot of what was left of their collection. What was left of their collection, we sold to our neighbor along with the Technics turtable.

As I grew older, and stopped being religious, I started listening to a a lot more music again. I started buying back CDs I got rid of but missed something about the way vinyl sounded. Eventually I worked up the courage to call my neighbor up and asked if he wouldn’t mind selling back the turntable and records to me. He said that he wouldn’t mind at all, and that it had all just sat in his house!

I started going to shows again, and buying records at some of the shows, but I hadn’t trusted the way I had setup the needle from when I was younger. I ended up purchasing a new turntable, a Project RPM 5.1 with an Ortofon 2M Blue on it, but I also purchased an Ortofon 2M SE Mono needle which I ended up putting on the Project and the 2M Blue went on the Technics. They were setup with all those fancy gadjets that measure VTF, weight, etc.

Then the serious listening began!

What genres do you collect?

My preference is more metal oriented, but I collect quite a few genres. Punk, Pop-Punk, Alternative Rock, Rock, Classic Rock, R&B, Reggae (especially the stuff from Studio One), Soul, Funk, Jazz, Indie, Hip-Hop, Country (but not modern country-pop), to name a few.

How many records have you got?

849 according to discogs, but some are box sets!

Have you got colored records or records made in a particular form not usual?

I tend to scout out the colour vinyl if a version exists. Sometimes they go for a lot if they’re a popular band and the variant is sold out, so I try to stay on top of things for new releases. Sometimes I’m torn between how limited the colour is and how cool it looks. Sometimes I’m a little relieved if they only put out a standard black vinyl because people are less likely to flip them.

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colored vinyls

Have you a favourite artist? Singer, band or musician?

Slayer for sure is one of my favourites and I have a ton of variants from them. I’m a little uncomfortable with a lot of their use of Nazi imagery, but there’s other bands that actually hold to the ideology which is worse.

I’m a huge Beatles fan and I also like Against Me! a lot!
I like a ton of bands, it’s hard to pick a favourite! I’m also constantly discovering and loving a lot of new artists or ones I’ve missed from the past.

Do you prefer album or maxi singles?

Albums for sure, but I’ve always liked the idea of b-sides on singles.

How many turntables have you got? What brand are they?

I’ve got 2, one for stereo and one for mono. The one I use for stereo is my dad’s old Technics SL-D2 with the Ortofon 2M Blue.

The one with the Mono needle is the Project RPM 5.1 with the Ortofon 2M SE. The needle was designed for The Beatles in Mono box set, and it sounds amazing with it! I have a few mono Jazz records too and the needle really shines with those. Thankfully a lot of old mono albums get reissued.

My mono collection is definitely smaller, but it always sounds amazing with that needle!

Is there a song that remembers you any particular moments in your life?

I tend to remember where I was when I first heard a song or album. When I hear In Utero, I’m reminded of a walk I took while listening to it for the first time on my discman.

When I started going to shows again and seriously collecting, the Metz debut was one of the albums I bought, and when I listen to it, I remember coming home from their show, or watching the trippy music for “Get Off” with a friend.

Some albums or songs either still make me cry when I listen to theM or made me cry at some point, and I’m reminded of when I’ve seen the artist perform them live in my city. Some examples are the song “Weighed Sin” by Chad VanGaalen or anything from Benji by Sun Kil Moon.

Where do you buy your records?

These days, usually from Vinyl Me, Please. I like the variety of genres they put out, and that they have exclusive variants. Other times I shop locally.

What do you feel when you buy a new record?

I feel really happy! I usually wait until I have the vinyl for the first listen, and it’s a special experience dropping the needle and hearing the warm sound.

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tina turner record

Do you often listen to your records or you prefer to conserve ‘em and not using ‘em too much?

It depends. If I have more than one variant, I try to play the least rare one. But some records sound so good and I have to play them, even if they’re rare.

What do you like more of a record: music, cover, smell, color, form, noise or all these things together?

I don’t like if it smells too bad. Seriously, I’ve had records with mold that have given me an allergic reaction from the mold and I had to get rid of them. I got a seller banned from discogs because he refused to refund me on a Beatles box set that was full of mold. Cigarette smoke I’m not a fan either, but it’s not as bad as mold.
Ideally it’s nice if a record has a cool colour and sound. I like both those things!

Do you buy only new records or used as well?

I strongly prefer new or nm-. I’ll occasionally buy a more used record if it’s hard to find or a good price.

Have you ever done any trades with friends or other collectors, or are you jealous of your records?

I’ve done some trades with people online, but I don’t like doing it anymore and would advise against it unless you can test it on your system first or a system that is set up properly. I’ve gotten ones that were in less good condition than the ones I was trading. Sometimes a record looks okay visually, but plays bad.

Do you like the covers? Do you pay your attention on those ones too when you buy records?

I prefer if it’s in nice shape, but the record is more important at the end of the day. I like when artists get creative with their covers, especially gatefolds. The big album art is something I’ve always appreciated about vinyl too.

Why vinyls and not cd or mp3?

More so for earlier records, I like that the process was all analog. There’s something cool and authentic about that! But even with newer vinyl, sometimes the mastering is a bit quieter and dynamic.

Like Slayer’s Repentless. I really don’t like the CD master. It’s way too loud. The loudness wars is a real problem with CDs. With mp3s or streaming, I don’t like the fact that the music can stop or get interrupted if the internet cuts out or your computer interrupts you with some notification. There’s just a nice warm clean sound with vinyl too!

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I guess you heard about this return to the vinyl records we live now, what do you think about?

I think that it’s great, but I wish producers would pay more attention to detail in the manufacturing process. It’s too rushed!

Warped vinyl seems much more common these days, or lots of pops or surface noise, records being off centre, sibilance. These issues are much more rare with earlier records.
I also have a love-hate feeling about record store day.

A local record shop in my city refuses to participate because they force you to stock certain albums, even if the store owner thinks they won’t sell. And it delays production for smaller bands and non-RSD records. There’s a lot of stuff that seems to get put out that’s unecessary, but there’s always at least a few things I end up wanting too.

Thank you so much @j_vinyl_!

When did you become a collector?

At first I became Michael Jackson fan in 80’s after I saw Motown 25 performance of Billie Jean on Soviet TV: it completely blew me away after all those soviet singing heads. I became obsessed but, unlike people in a free world, we couldn’t go to record store and buy whatever we wanted: Soviet record company Melodia was a monopolist and if you wanted to get something foreign – the choice was pretty poor. I mean, Michael Jackson and Madonna weren’t the names everybody knows. They were prohibited. They even took off songs from licensed albums for words like “I want you”, so seeing Madonna rolling on stage at VMA’s in wedding dress was something unimaginable.

My father, who worked for transportation company that was responsible for export and import of stuff to Western world, risked a lot when he bring Barbra Streisand “Woman In Love” 7” from Germany. Of course we had “black market” of records and since Estonia, where I am from, was one of the “least Soviet” republics in Union, we didn’t had it as bad as in Russia, where markets were raided by militia and people got jailed for selling foreign records. But still it was  very expensive for young person to buy on those markets. Luckily my father were fortunate enough to sneak some Madonna and MJ vinyls from Germany and I learned my English by translating lyrics on the inside envelopes. That’s why I’m a bit upset when I don’t find song texts in many releases now a days.

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What was your first record?

If we’re talking about a record that I wanted to buy and my parents got it from me – it was definitely some Alla Pugacheva record. She was our Soviet Madonna, Tina, Barbra, Cher and everything else. She was the first who wasn’t just a singing head. Her records were sold out long before most of us even knew it was released. Record Store Day haven’t seen lines to record store like a line to a record store to buy Alla’s new LP.

But we talk about a record that I bought with my own money: I still have it. I bought it on that black marked after saving for a very long time. It cost 25 rubles when normal salary in USSR was about 150. It was Michael Jackson’s Motown compilation “Love songs”. I was a bit upset when I heard that he was a kid when those songs were recorded, but in the same time it was Michael anyway, so I was happy.

What genres do you collect?

I eat them all. In music I need a melody first of all, so my tastes vary from German disco gods “Modern Talking”, Shawn Mendes and boy bands, to “Fall Out Boy”, “Garbage” and bands like “Tender”. I mostly buy albums that contain at least 50% of music that I like. That’s why I miss time of singles: for example James Bay’s last album is not something I could listen to, but I would be the first in line to buy “Pink Lemonade” as a single.

How many records have you got?

At the moment my collection is not something to impress: I cheated on vinyl with CD’s, I confess this sin. Now most of my collection is Michael Jackson records, but I do buy a lot. In last 1.5 years since I came to my senses and started my collection from scratch, I bought over 100 record.

Do you prefer album or maxi singles?

Albums for you can enjoy them longer with no need to turn to the other side.

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shawn mendes vinyl

Have you got colored records or records made in a particular form, not usual?

Actually when I started my vinyl collection again I planned to only collect colored vinyl. I don’t care what people say about it’s quality: I think it’s that case when everyone is an expert. I just love it. Unfortunately most interesting colored vinyls are usually metal music, for whatever reason, but still there are more and more releases in nice colors. To be honest – I hate when lables like Rhino release re-issues of pop classics on black vinyl: come on, we have that already.

Have you a favourite artist? Singer, band or musician?

Michael Jackson

How many turntables have you got? What brand are they?

I have 2 Pioneer turntables.

Is there a song that remembers you any particular moments in your life?

Oh, most of my life I remember through music. I remember moments because of songs while other people remember songs because of moments.

Where do you buy your records?

I mostly buy online. I love record stores, but I never have enough time. And I hate that to get to something you like – you have to go through tons of David Bowie re-issues.

What do you feel when you buy a new record?

Oh, it’s hard to explain… Impossible! It’s not like “Oh my god, I need to get home to listen to this!”, cause it’s not always a moment you get is a moment to listen to it. Everything has it’s own moment in life and even in a day.

Do you often listen to your records or you prefer to conserve ‘em and not using ‘em too much?

No, no, no: a lot of people may disagree, but to me records are living only when you spin them. It’s like… you know, Soviet grandmothers never had too many nice things in their lives, a lot of then went through WW2, and as funny as it may sound, when someone gave them tea of coffee in some cute can – they kept it like a treasure, cause it was something beautiful comparing with their grey life. Many of them never even tasted that tea, they die and their kids just throw it out. I don’t know if it makes sense but that’s what I thought about when I read this question.

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What do you like more of a record: music, cover, smell, color, form, noise or all these things together?

All things together. I already said about inner sleeve with lyrics and color, but cover is important too. I have some records with damaged cover, records with a story, with memory. Like my first LP: I had a friend who clued photos of singers to her original vinyl record sleeves and I had to do the same – I thought it was so fun and nice and I honestly believed it looks better! I won’t buy used record with very damaged cover, cause it’s not my story, not my memory.

Do you buy only new records or used as well?

Yes, I do buy used vinyl: some music they just don’t re-release…

Have you ever done any trades with friends or other collectors, or are you jealous of your records?

I did few times in 90’s and I’m very sorry for that now. Not because of the records itself, but for some exact copies for how they got to me.

Why vinyls and not cd or mp3?

It’s just beautiful. And not just in sound but looks too: that’s why I started my Instagram page @beautyofvinyl It’s mostly for myself, I enjoy doing it, but some people seem to like it too and it only makes me happy. I have mp3 playing at my work and I download things, but at home I enjoy the sound of vinyl.

I guess you heard about this return to the vinyl records we live now, what do you think about?

Oh, once my partner’s 13 y.o. niece visited us and saw the record player. We haven’t seen her for the rest of the night: she was just in that room watching record spinning. When she was leaving she said she saved for new laptop but now she wants a record player. Obviously we got her one for her birthday along with her first vinyl (DNCE on clear vinyl) the Happiest girl in the World! So what I think about it? Future is vinyl!

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Thank you so much @beautyofvinyl!

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