In this interview I talk to Philip all about music and vinyl.
Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?
My friends were growing tired of me blathering on about these “obsolete discs” on Facebook. They wanted me to conform to the standards of the platform by being completely uninteresting and dull. I like original content and was looking for a site where I could explore my writing a little further while also sharing my passion for vinyl. I took my show on the road and discovered Instagram which opened a new a world of possibilities for interacting with other like-minded enthusiasts. My last resort for validation was a unicorn themed page.
How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?
It all goes back to the womb. I had a sweet Fisher Price unit with built-in speakers. Shipping was a nightmare. I’ve been listening to music on vinyl as long as I can remember, so I would say I was born a collector. My mother would play records for me as a child and she became my biggest influence for learning about great music. I have somewhere in the vicinity of 1,500 records currently.
What’s your vinyl holy graill?
That changes from time to time because I get obsessed with certain titles that I “must have” immediately. Quite often it’s a case of Rosebud from Citizen Kane – finding an object that doesn’t have much monetary value, but is the greatest treasure personally. In general, I would say the butcher cover for Yesterday and Today by The Beatles.
Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?
I probably have a top fifty, but some of the bands I return to the most are like comfort foods that bring a sense of nostalgia and warm memories. These bands would include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who and Pink Floyd. Special mention to Led Zeppelin. Oh, and let’s not forget about Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem from The Muppets.
If you could have dinner with any musician from any time who would it be and why?
My favourite artist is Bob Dylan, but I’ve seen enough of his interviews to know that I would be completely intimidated. The gravity of his influence on music is unprecedented. I’d far prefer having a couple beers with someone like Johnny Cash who really knew how to cut loose and have a good time. My grandparents were police officers and picked him up for drunk driving one night when he came to town for a concert. They said he was a riot.
I think I would forgo dinner and ask to jam with the musician in question. That would be a lot more fun. I never understood lunch/dinner meetings with people you don’t know and I’m in a professional field. You can’t talk while you’re eating unless you want to be rude, so it seems counterproductive. Give me a guitar any day and let’s sing some songs.
Wow cool Johnny Cash story, it would have been awesome to meet him. Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?
I could go on endlessly about my recommendations. I’m a big fan of classic films. Anyone that has not explored film history is really missing out on some of the greatest art in our culture. We live in an age that is consumed with instant gratification and short attention span. Watch a foreign film like L’Avventura by Michaelangelo Antonioni which has a slow, deliberate pace, but the imagery speaks volumes. The antithesis of the current film trend of things blowing up or one-dimensional characters. My favourite film is Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock – a tale of obsession that is just as relevant today as in 1958 when it was released.
I have the same recommendation for music. Go back to the beginning. Listen to the originators. Spin some Robert Johnson, Big Mama Thornton, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters. Everything we listen to today derives from the blues. Music is a fascinating journey and it’s really appreciated more when you speak the language. Google Translate won’t help on this one!
I think what I enjoy most about vinyl is that it forces you to go through a process to enjoy it. You can’t just press a button or skip tracks very easily. It becomes a ritual with the greatest reward.