In this Interview I talk to Jamie Lennon all about music, vinyl and Instagram. Jamie is from Chicago and is a big part of the vinyl community on Instagram.
Why did you start a vinyl themed Instagram?
I actually started my insta back in 2012 and only used it twice… sat for 4yrs. I started posting my vinyl just for fun and maybe meet other music nerds to chat with. Then I started to see there was a whole community of music lovers and it’s been a blast getting to know everyone.
You’ve got a good following, how are you finding it all?
Yeah no idea how that happened, but everyone is so friendly, funny and helpful. It’s been a lot of fun finding people from all over the world and we are all connected with music… it’s awesome.
How many records do you own?
I’ve got about 265. Its definitely growing slowly but surely. The list of albums I still need is easily quadruple that though.
What vinyl is on your wish list?
The list of vinyl wants is endless, but right now I’m really wanting the new Replacements box set Dead Man’s Pop. It’s got a live show, a new mix of a previous album, some unreleased material, and a session with Tom Waits.
You must have some great record shops in Chicago, where do you normally shop for vinyl?
Chicago has some excellent record shops. Reckless Records is probably the main shop, but I also really like Dusty Groove, Val’s Halla Records has been open since 1972, Rattleback Records, Joyride Records, Dave’s Record, Bucket o Blood, the list is endless. So many great shops. I’m still finding ones I’ve never been to before.
Favourite bands and artists?
That’s such a hard question. So many bands that you love for different and unique reasons. It’s a list that changes daily, but to name a few The Replacements, Slowdive, New Order, Nirvana, Talking Heads, Venom etc. I could go on for days.
Any advice for someone starting a vinyl themed Insta account?
It’s like the blind leading the blind. I really have no clue what I’m doing, but I would say just be yourself. Let us see your style and personality and just have fun with it.
Any recommendations on people to follow in the vinyl community?
Theres so many awesome people in the vinyl community I dont want to leave anybody out. Everybody in the community is super friendly. It’s very easy to find people you’ll connect with musically. I’d like to give a shout out to all the vinyl ladies of the community. I’m so happy to have gotten to know these incredibly amazing women. They’re all so supportive of one another and it makes a wonderfully positive girl gang.
Yeah I totally agree with that, it’s good when people support each other. Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?
Oh man that’s another list that’s almost endless. I’m a movie nerd as well. Anything by Lynch, Kubrick, Cronenberg, Bergman, Lang, Wilder, Tarantino, Scorsese, Hitchcock, Polanski, Kurosawa, Argento, etc. TV shows I’d recommend Stranger Things, Mindhunter and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. For music… whatever I post on Instagram, I recommend.