What got you into collecting records? To be honest I really got into music through my first streaming service subscription ( I know don’t attack me ) but slowly as I started building my taste and having music that had emotional value or were just pure awesome to listen to I need some tangible physical way to show I own this music , and or I respect this artist enough or love this album to the extent that I want to be able to hold it. Another reason was my dadu who was really into records in his day and the fact that I adore album covers and all the art that surrounds it. I have band as well and we all listen to similar music int the streams of indie rock, alt rock , punk and blues. The sort mixing of all these genres build our sound and the whole idea of someone owning a piece of music really drew m to vinyls. Not just that look at the brilliant cover art.
Is collecting vinyl an expensive hobby? No doubt, also I’m only 16 however I try my best to use gift money or money that I’ve earned to purchase the records so they really mean something. A lot of my collection was inherited from my dadu as well so those original Indian pressings do hold a special place in my heart. The rest I scramble to get offers when I can , or I just borrow them from my friend uma.
Does music on vinyl sound better than any other format? Definitely , when it comes down to it it’s a real experience, going through an entire album. Holding the cover art in your hands , going through the credits or any other posters etc. that may come with the album. In todays single oriented world , it feels amazing to be able to appreciate music that isn’t an overproduced 808 bass synth. Not just that but there are certain minute details that u cant hear on mp3. Nothing can replace the expernece of flippig the recor and placing the needle.
How often do you listen to vinyl? Weekends or when I’m doing math. I mainly try and find as much time as I can. During my vacations I go through around 3 albums a day. I try and listen to them as much as possible.
How large is your vinyl collection and which is the most valuable record in your collection? I have around 17 records at this point, out of which 6 I have purchased from the revolver club. I have 5 most valuable records 1. Neil diamond - hot August night 1972 at the Greek theatre ( cuz it’s my dadus and I love Neil diamond and his showmanship 2. Arctic monkeys - AM as it’s one of my favourite albums in general and I had to wait so long for it to arrive that it made listening to it that much sweeter 3. Melophobia – cage the elephant a record I bought after my exams , I had heard of the band but not the album and I had only heard one song off it. So I took a risk and I now absolutely love the record it has some brilliant cuts. 4. Cocktail movie soundtrack this one gets the whole family singing along from “Kokomo” by the beach boys to “ all shook up “ 5. After the disco - broken bells this was the first album I heard that taught me an album is a collective work and it’s space and psychedelic influences evoked a real love for music in me . The album has a clear connection to 60s science fiction. The whole mystery and aura of that record never fails to pull me in
Tell us about your turntable setup Turntable - crosley some model ( not a cruiser ) it has anti skate and all that by I will definitely upgrade it when possible Amplifier - DENON 1707 avr Speakers - JAMO 511 Band link - https://www.instagram.com/smileyception/