An Interview With Dalene Perry

In this interview I talk to Dalene Perry. We talk music, vinyl and Instagram. Dalene was born in Cape Town but now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She’s a big music fan and has an awesome vinyl collection.

How long have you been collecting vinyl?

I inherited my vinyl from my Dad and only started buying more of my own bands records about 6 years ago.

Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?

I didn’t really. I posted a photo of two records I got for my birthday and tagged vinyl. It just blew up from there. Kind of crazy.

How many records do you have in your collection and what is on your wish list?

I think it’s standing at about 210 now. I wouldn’t mind having 2000. The wish list grows every day and sometimes I buy records that I didn’t even know I needed. I would really like to get more 90’s stuff. I’ve got a lot of 60’s and 70’s already.

How are you finding the vinyl community on Instagram?

It’s the best community out there. Everyone is so friendly and supportive. I feel like I’ve found my tribe.

How’s the vinyl scene in South Africa? Any good record stores?

Not as big as in the UK and US obviously. We have monthly record fairs and loads of second hand shops, but if you want to buy new you need to order online. I find it very expensive to buy new. Wish I had a bigger budget and didn’t need food.

Favourite Gig and Why?

The Foo Fighters in 2014. They played a 3 hour show because Dave said they don’t come here often, so we deserve as much as they can give. They do that often though, play until they can’t. Love the Foo’s.

That’s awesome. I like your accent by the way, why don’t you like it? (Laughing)

Haha! Thanks dude. It obviously sounds fine when you live here, but compared to other accents it sounds flat (to me). Also, who likes the sound of their own voice, right? Haha! I got a very positive response from the amazing vinyl community, so I do feel a bit better about it now.

If you could have dinner with any musician from any time, who would it be and why?

I’m not keen to bring anyone back from the dead, so I’ll say Dave Grohl. He was in Nirvana, so he can tell me all about that and he is just a fantastic person. Super funny as well.

Any recommendations on movies, TV shows or music?

Movies – I can rewatch a movie 100 times, so old/new makes no difference. TV – Currently I’m really enjoying the psychological thrillers: Mindhunter, The Sinner, Unbelievable. Awesome shows. Binge it! Music – I’m bad at getting into new bands/music. It’s like my brain is too full of the old stuff. I’m kind of stuck in my ways.


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