An Interview With The Vinyl Doctor

In this interview I talk to Jannae all about vinyl, life as a doctor and Instagram.

Jannae: My name is Jannae, and I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Of course most people on social media know me as a vinyl collector, but I am also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. I graduated from my doctoral program and officially become a “doctor” in early 2017. My experience is working with children who have experienced trauma, specifically very young children. As you can imagine, this work can become pretty heavy, so it is important for me to have something that brings me joy and helps de-stress. This is where music and vinyl collecting comes in!

I currently have two setups – one in my main living area and the other in our home office. My first setup consists of: a uTurn Audio Custom turntable, Pioneer SX-980 Receiver, Pioneer CT-F9191 Cassette Deck, and Klipsch KG 4 Speakers. My second setup consists of: a Pioneer PL-12D turntable, Marantz 220B receiver, and Pioneer CS-22A speakers. As you can see, vintage hifi gear is a big part of my setups.

IG: @thevinyldoctor


How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?

I have been collecting records since the spring of 2017. I have always collected music, mostly CDs then MP3s, but I more recently came into collecting vinyl, which I think is largely in part due to the fact that my generation was moving toward a non-physical format of music. And having grown up collecting CDs, I found myself missing the physical format. After stumbling across my first vinyl purchase at my local thrift store, the rest become history. I now have over 1000 records in my collection. Although I do catalog my collection on Discogs, and I am currently cataloged at 992 records, I do not have an accurate count. This is due to the fact that I recently inherited a few small collections, so those are still sitting in crates around my house, until I can get around to cleaning and cataloging them.

What’s your favourite vinyl in your collection and what’s your holy grail?

My favorite record has to be my copy of Selena – Ones. It is a compilation of Selena’s greatest hits, that is pressed on translucent purple vinyl. Since it was limited edition, and has not been repressed, it is very hard to come by and goes for quite a lot of money on the aftermarket. 

There are so many records that I would love to own someday. That’s the thing about record collecting, right? There never seems to be an end to it! However, I would say that my ultimate holy grail would be the original Nirvana – Love Buzz 7”. Nirvana is MY ultimate favorite band, and I would love to complete their entire discography, but if I couldn’t complete it, owning this 7’ would be a nice tradeoff.

Why did you start a vinyl themed Instagram?You have a good following, how are you finding it all?

I started a vinyl IG account in March 2018 as a way to not spam the followers on my personal IG account. As my record collecting become more frequent, and collection started growing, I found myself documenting it a lot on my personal IG. I also noticed that those particular posts were not getting as many likes, so I realized my friends/family were obviously not as interested in vinyl as I was. That is when I made a second account to document my growing collection for myself (and whoever else wanted to see of course). Yes, I do have a good following, and it is a much larger following than I ever imagined (of course my family and friends do not make up a large part of that following lol). I still look back and think that this whole thing is quite surreal, and I can’t believe it sometimes. It has led me to develop some great relationships with people and to be a part of some really cool opportunities. Above all, I am really enjoying being a part of the vinyl community and am so grateful for my followers. This community is so supportive and welcoming, and I am lucky that this community has embraced The Vinyl Doctor. As long as they want to see what I have to share, I will keep the posts coming!

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

This is probably the toughest question you have asked! There are so many musicians that I admire, so this is not an easy answer. But I think I would have to go with Kurt Cobain. As I mentioned earlier, Nirvana is my favorite band of all-time, and their music means so much to me. However, I would live to have dinner with Kurt Cobain for so many reasons other than just Nirvana being my favorite band. First, Kurt seemed like such a smart and interesting person, I can only imagine how interesting the conversations with him would have been. I love having deep, meaningful conversations with people, and this is how I imagine Kurt would have been. Kurt was also obviously very talented and creative, so it would also be amazing to have gotten a glimpse into his mind. 

Any recommendations on movies, tv shows and music?

This vinyl thing (and this doctor thing) takes up most of my time, so I don’t really have time for TV/movies, and when I do watch TV, I go straight for my tried and true re-runs. I do however, keep up with a few new shows, which are: ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Narcos’. I was also a big fan of Breaking Bad, so I would also highly recommend ‘El Camino,’ which was recently released on Netflix. I am also a true crime nerd, so I really loved ‘The Act’ on Hulu and ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile’ the movie about Ted Bundy on Netflix. Both are so good!

I love supporting local bands/artists from the LA area, especially from areas near where I was raised and that have Latin influences. Some bands that fit into this are: Chicano Batman and La Chamba. These are two local bands that have a strong Latin influence with a fusion of psychedelic and rock music as well. Another band that I am loving is The Red Pears, an indie/garage rock back from a local city. Their sound is fast paced and raw, and has very similar vibes to The Strokes. 

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