An Interview With cratediggler

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

@cratediggler

Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?

It started as just a way to catalogue my collection. After a while, it became a good resource of vinyls that I don’t have in my collection or have forgotten about. I’ve also had this account for two years now and I’ve interacted with a lot of interesting people so it’s been fun to say the least.

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

I’ve been collecting on and off since 2004. I used to drive my mother in law around flea markets and thrift stores, I would just wait in the car. One day, I just got bored and went around as well. Back then, people were selling vinyls really cheap. I bought about ten that day & I didn’t even have a record player yet. That’s how it started for me. Currently, I have approximately 1500 records.

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

My favorite vinyls so far are the Smashing Pumpkin’s Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness, The Sundays’ Static and Silence, Foo Fighters The Colour and the shape and my favorite band of all the time, The Eraserheads’ debut album, Ultraelectromagneticpop.

I don’t really have a holy grail album. It would be nice to own a couple of records like Ugly Kid Joe’s America’s Least Wanted or Weird Al Yankovic’s Off the deep end but I’m not going overboard just to acquire them. 

I like your photos, do you do photography as a job or hobby?

That’s flattering. Thank you. It’s just a hobby. I’m a Laboratory Scientist by profession but I’ve always loved photography since my teenage years.

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

Wow, It’s so hard to narrow it down to five. First ones that come to mind right now are The Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Pearl Jam and The Lemonheads. I had to begrudgingly leave out a few but Travis, Guns N’ Roses, The Beatles and Oasis would’ve been part of it too.

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

It would be really cool to have dinner with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. He seems like a cool guy to hang out with plus I heard he’s an awesome grill master.

Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?

Honestly, I don’t watch too many movies or tv these days. As for music, I’ve been revisiting some artists’ previous work like Warren Zevon, Nick Cave and The Eels.

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