An Interview With Clo Jack

In this interview I talk to all about Clo Jack all about music, vinyl and Instagram.

@clojackvinyl

Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?

I posted my first records almost five years ago. That was already how I spent my evenings. I didn’t understand everything about how Instagram worked, the hashtags etc.

My followers were mostly “real life” friends, not especially passionate about music as me.
In this first post there was Billy Joel, America, Savoy Brown, Dire Straits and Fleetwood Mac. Then, magic happened… some people I didn’t know liked that post. Including one of Billy Joel’s musicians! I then discovered that there were other music and vinyl lovers on instagram. I thought it was really cool, I felt less lonely and it made me want to share more and more. I got caught up in the game!

Five years ago the vinyl community wasn’t as important as it is today. Barely a couple hundred people I would say
since then, thanks to the revival of vinyl, it’s become incredibly huge and it’s a real pleasure to share the love of music with collectors from all over the world.

I sometimes post great classics by trying to bring anecdotes and my points of view but what I like above all is to make discover emerging or less known artists. I am always extremely grateful when I receive messages of thanks for having introduced an artist to somebody. This is for me the ultimate goal of my insta account.

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

I always grew up surrounded by music and records. The first time I came face to face with a turntable was at my grandparents house when I was 6 or 7 years old, the installation was in my bedroom. I spent hours touching all the buttons to get the sound to come out. It was my favourite game, I’d put an old record of my mother’s (Grease OST most of the time!) and I’d play with my dolls. My father is a music lover and has always collected (it runs in the family!). Even though we lived through the CD’s heyday, the turntable was never far away. When I moved into my appartment, I was offered a complete set-up and a few records (I’d packed a lot of my father’s records in my boxes too). Then I started my own collection… that was 7 years ago.

Today I must have about 500 records. I think I’m a little player but my non-collector friends think I exaggerate when they see my living room! It’s a question of point of view.

What’s your favourite vinyl you own and what is your holy grail?

Just one? That’s a tough question, David! Allow me to choose three.
There are three classics that I listen to very often and that I will never get tired of;
Lonely & Blue by Otis Redding… Otis is perfection. I love soul music and I’ve never found any other artist that can match his style. He left us at a very young age and yet when you listen to him you feel like he lived it all. I’m always amazed when I listen to this album, the generosity, the intensity and the sincerity that he offers us takes me to my guts.
Grace by Jeff Buckley : For exactly the same reasons as Otis. This album is incredibly accurate. The eclecticism of the track list makes it an album that we can listen to every day, no matter what our mood is. It always has something to bring us.
Once OST by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglova. I saw this movie more than 10 years ago and I still haven’t gotten over it. Glen Hansard is today the folk artist I worship the most, like a god.

As far as my holy grails go:
Eddie Holman’s I Love You. I fell in love at first sight when I first heard Four Walls… I’m an idealist and I wanted to find it by chance in a dusty old bin. I had to admit, it was a little too romantic.There hasn’t been any re-release since its original release in 1969 and it’s almost impossible to find it in France and Europe. So I gave in and placed an order on Discogs.
Black Lipstick EP by Chicano Batman. I ran after it for years until its re-release for RSD 2019. I didn’t think I’d put so much money into an EP but it’s for me one of the best tracks of the last few years!

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

Tough choice! You’re gonna break my heart!
I could probably make a different list tomorrow, but let’s see…
Fleetwood Mac for sure. First Peter Green era or Rumours period, I’ll take it all ! This band has always fascinated me and I think I’ll never stop learning about them.

Pink Floyd… Is there really a need to develop ? Did you see the movie C.R.A.Z.Y when the young teenager listens to Shine On Your Crazy Diamond ? That sums it all up! When I had insomnia I listened to Comfortably Numb. I think I can say that I never heard the end of the song because they managed to take my worries away.

Tri Yann: A French Celtic folk band. It’s my first musical sensations, my first concerts. Their music is anchored in my soul forever.
Fraction: A band from the 70 that was far too unknown. Rather dark Christian rock. I discovered them recently thanks to a friend and since I’m hooked, I’ve read everything I could about them. They only made one lightning album before disappearing into anonymity but it’s genius!

Queen… my passion for rock music started with Freddie Mercury’s voice and Brian May’s guitar. They will always have a special place in my heart and in my collection.

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

Since the beginning of the interview I’ve been telling you a lot about very old bands and artists so let’s go back to the present…
I dream of having dinner with David Keenan. There’s something very intriguing about this character. He seems to be an old soul possessed by the spirits of old bohemian poets. His music touches me very much and I like his mystical and spiritual way of looking at the world and life in general. We would have a lot to talk about (provided I understand his Irish accent!).

I saw your collaboration and formation of the FFCD. How did that come about and what was the collaboration like?

It’s a long and beautiful story that I’ll try to summarize.
A year ago I started to really talk with other French collectors. I easily became friends with Damien @mister.galette who has an online shop for vinyl products and clothes. It’s with great pleasure that I became an ambassador for his brand. As time went by, we realized that we were all chatting with each other in a “private” way.

A few days before the beginning of the quarantine I decided to bring these people together in an Instagram discussion group. The idea was to support each other in these strange moments and to pass the time by talking about music. Our relationship has evolved far beyond music. Not a day goes by without us talking to each other, calling each other … We say good morning every morning and good night every night, it’s very cute! A real friendship was born here and we plan to get together for a weekend (we literally live all over France).

When life returned to a more normal rhythm, we wanted to share with everyone the bond that unites us. Vinyl_by_nito was in charge of making us a nice collaborative picture, the idea was to present a record that we listened to a lot during the lockdown. We can say that we’re all very different and that’s what makes the richness of our story. FFCD stands for “French Federation of Records Collectors”, it’s a completely pompous and unofficial name !

Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?


I’m not too much of a TV girl. I admit that I am not aware of what is trending with regard to films and series, but I still have two series to recommend absolutely: Sons Of Anarchy which I’m a fan of. It is above all a gold mine for musical discoveries when you like blues rock and heavy rock . I made my most beautiful discovery there; The White Buffalo. A few years ago I was amazed by Six Feet Under, a magnificent TV show which also offers a very high quality soundtrack. As for musical recommendations I could talk about it for hours … I post a lot of music in story every day precisely to recommend artists. To put it simply, I invite everyone to discover the artists I mentioned before.The best advice I can give: Get lost … On the internet, youtube, spotify, in books, at your records store …Keep an attentive ear, there is always a moment when it goes to the heart and BOOM !

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