In this interview I talk to vinylwoman all about music, vinyl and Instagram.
Uliana aka @vinylwoman needs little introduction if you’re a part of the vinyl community on Instagram. I discovered her account before I even knew there was such a thing as a vinyl community. She loves music, has good taste and has a dope account. When I started these interviews I had to interview her… so here we go.
How long have you been you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?
I started to collect vinyl around 4 years ago. I’m coming from a household where people were not into any particular music, so I grew up listening to the radio. In my twenties I got into music, and at some point, it became a big part of my life. I started to go to record stores just to wander and see what’s there. Back then I didn’t have any record player so for me it was sort of nonsense to buy records. Then on my birthday I got a gift which was a turntable and one of my favorite albums on vinyl. This is how it started, and now I have around 200 records maybe. I only keep what I actually listen to.
Why did you start a vinyl themed Instagram?
I started it to connect with other music-lovers. Initially it was only about vinyl, now it’s about everything music-related.
You have a good following on Instagram, how are you finding it all?
I really don’t know. I started to post about these things and to some people it seemed interesting. I also met a lot of music-lovers, bands, artists, labels thanks to it, it’s mind-blowing. I guess you just connect because you have things in common, and you have a lot to talk about, a lot to share.
What’s your favourite vinyl you own and what is your holy grail?
Maybe it’s that first vinyl record I got as a gift, it’s when everything takes off. Or maybe it’s a signed copy of Tyranny – The Voidz because I love the whole story around it.
Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?
The Velvet Underground, Tame Impala, The Strokes, The Voidz, Arctic Monkeys
I’ve seen on your Instagram that you go to a lot of gigs. What’s the favourite one you’ve been to?
Live music is very important, especially in our digital environment. In 2019 I had a pleasure to attend over 70 shows and these were my highlights of the year (in no particular order):
The Voidz at Market Hotel in Brooklyn – they played a really small venue. I’m a big fan of intimate shows and the energy there was absolutely amazing.
King Gizzard at Razzmatazz in Barcelona – smashed it out on the last show of the tour. Probably the craziest show of 2019 for me.
Florence and the Machine at Gov Ball in NYC – it was very emotional. She’s such a magical human. In between of the songs she spoke about acceptance, humanity, healing and forgiveness. I think I still have chills just thinking of that moment.
Fontaines DC at Apolo in Barcelona – I was sort of skeptical, but I got to see them live and I felt in love with what these guys are doing. It’s an absolute “must see” band. They are great people.
The Strokes at BBK Live Festival in Bilbao – you won’t believe it, but it was the first time I saw The Strokes live. So yeah.
I’ve also seen that you’ve done some interviews with bannds. How did that come about?
I was just an occasional concert goer and some run-of-the-mill vinyl records collector. I still am. At some point I started to cover for local artists in Barcelona and to write about music. One day I got an invite to cover for a festival. And then for a gig. And then for another one. The thing just kept rolling. Later in Switzerland I met some well-known band, and we had a great conversation after the show. Then I just started to interview musicians whenever I went for a gig. These were short notes, that eventually grew up to be the long reads. Currently I cover several topics related to artists, events and records, mostly focusing on indie-rock, punk and experimental music.
If you could have dinner with any musician from any time who would it be and why?
I’d get a grilled chicken with Lou Reed. He’s such an amazing lyricist and musician, he inspired generations of artists and was way ahead of his time. I think he really was incredible and weird-good.