An Interview With jvel22

In this interview I talk to Jaqueline all about music and vinyl.

@jvel22

Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?

I didn’t set out to start a vinyl themed account, I was randomly posting about my art and would mention what I was listening to in the studio as I paint. People started asking me about it, we connected and that opened the door to this vast vinyl community.

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

I’ve been collecting off and on (mostly on) for 40 years. I don’t ever answer the question about how many records I own for a couple of reasons. I try to stay away from the more competitive aspects of collecting, clearly someone of my age has an unfair advantage over someone who recently started collecting. When I bought my first record at the age of 14, records were much much cheaper than today, so hoarding records was more economical. I feel that there should be a sense of pride to a well-loved collection whether it consists of 50, 500, or 5000, the number doesn’t really matter. The other aspect is that a collection like mine has fluctuated a lot over the years. My collection has mostly grown, but there were times of loss. My records have had to endure multiple moves, theft, and fire, the latter of which cost us approximately 1000 records…. still heartbreaking after 28 years. I will say that my collection is kind of artificially inflated as well since I am a fervent believer in having doubles of my favourite albums, and I’m a sucker for variants.

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

I don’t know that I have just one favourite vinyl, I have many. The first album I bought with my own money was Bowie’s Scary Monsters. It’s a UK first pressing which I think will always hold a special place in my heart. Having said that, I have many first pressings that I’m pleased to own, and I cherish them, although I doubt they hold much monetary value. I was encouraged in the 90s to buy CD’s because they were cheaper than vinyl, and everyone predicted that vinyl would soon be obsolete. Although I did buy CD’s during the lean years when my husband and I started having kids, there were some records that I simply needed to own. I’m very glad that I stood my ground there, case in point would be my first UK pressings of “The Stone Roses” and “Moseley Shoals”, as well as early Blur. My other favourites include the records I inherited from my mother, the record collecting gene came from her.

In terms of a holy grail, I firmly believe that if a record has slipped through my fingers, I’m simply not meant to have it. Having said that, I have a first Canadian pressing of Dark Side Of The Moon, I own four different pressings of it, but naturally, I’d love to own an original UK first press, but apparently putting the kids through University takes priority over a record.

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

I hate choosing favourite bands, it’s an exercise in exclusion. I’ve loved too many bands over the decades to narrow it down. I can say that my five most collected bands are MUSE, Bowie, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and R.E.M. in that order.

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

I think I could talk for hours with Bowie. His passion for art and music would put him at the top of my list. I saw him live twice, the first time was in the 80s, that’s as close as I’ll ever come to dinner with Bowie.

I like your photos their pretty creative, how do you come up with some of your ideas?

I really appreciate it when people let me know that they like my photos, but I really don’t put too much time into them. Sometimes a theme will come up with a vinyl challenge or the album itself begs for some kind of prop, but other than that I think they’re just straight forward shots of album covers using my smartphone camera. I do use an app called Snapseed to enhance them, it’s really quick and easy to use for those of us who lack in photoshopping skill.

Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?

I’m not a cinephile, that would be my husband, so I don’t think I’d dare to recommend any movies. In terms of music, my newest acquisition is The Glow by DMAs. I really like their future-retro approach to music. There are quite a few variants out there of this album, I got a couple of them, the best of which would be the signed test press of the album.

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