In this interview I talk to Themis all about music and vinyl.
Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?
I started my account a few years ago, in the summer of 2018. It gave me an “excuse” to take out and listen to some records that I hadn’t played in a while, as well as properly catalog it on discogs. Also, I would post records on my personal account and at times I felt that I was flooding my friends’ feeds with records (not many of them are into it). I figured I should start an account just for that. Post records, and talk about them with fellow collectors. It became a great way to find so much great music, as well as connect to fellow collectors and vinyl lovers all over the world. And slowly it became an obsession. I post the record and the cover, kind of like browsing a virtual record store. The sleeve plays such a vital roll in an album, as well as what the record looks like, which variant it is etc. I also try to include as much information as possible, as well as pictures of the back and inside sleeves or gatefold.
How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?
I started collecting CDs in the late 90’s when I still lived in Athens, Greece. I continued collecting upon moving to th New York, and if anything it became even easier. I started getting some records around 2005 or so, mostly from some of my favorite bands. I switched to buying just records around 2011-2012 or so (with the occasional CD here and there, especially from some of my favorite bands that I collect almost everything. As of March 2021 and according to discogs, I have about 1300, and that includes LPs, as well as 7″, 10″ and 12″ singles.
What’s your vinyl holy grail?
There are so many records that would fall into this category. Some original pressings that are hard to get, as well as some promo records or signed records. Not so much of a holy grail but one of the most important in my collection would be Liam Gallagher’s “Why Me Why Not?” picture disc that I got signed from Liam at Rough Trade NYC during a meet & greet event in 2019. Among my other records, it would probably be some of my Oasis stuff such as Familiar To Millions, or some original box sets like Be Here Now or The Masterplan 10″ boxset. Also, the Ryan Adams “Live After Deaf” box set and some signed records by The Black Angels.
You’re a fan of Oasis as I am too. What’s your favourite album and why?
BE HERE NOW! It’s usually overlooked, not only by most people and casual fans, but by the hardcore fans as well. What an album. Listening to that as a teenager was special. It was impossible NOT to hype you up, sing along, learn all the words and just feel good, what music’s supposed to make you feel. Be Here Now suffers from constantly being compared to the first two albums, but it’s an incredible album. Some great singles, great bsides, and my biggest regret would always be not seeing them live during that tour, although I was still quite young.
Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?
That’s something that constantly changes, but there are some bands that are like a constant, you always get back to them. Oasis, Manic Street Preachers, The Black Angels, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Ryan Adams will always be among my top artists. But bands like Foals, Sam Roberts Band, Doves, The Coral and Kasabian are up there as well. But the list can go on and on. There are at least 25-30 bands I absolutely love. I’ve seen all of those live except for The Coral… hopefully soon!
If you could have dinner with any musician from any time who would it be and why?
Tough call, but it would probably Yannis Philippakis from Foals. What a guy. There would be a lot of interesting discussions, before eventually the dinner turning into a crazy, high speed rollercoaster of a party. One of the greatest, most fun people I’ve ever met. Incredibly charismatic, talented, intelligent but down to earth at the same time. And Greek.
Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?
The last movie I watched was Nomadland. It’s not for everyone, but I was glued to my TV for the duration of the film, something that’s almost impossible during these days, with constant distractions from social media and the constant need to be in the know about what’s happening everywhere. The film is quite sad yet extremely inspirational, thought provoking and an eye opener. As for music, the most “underrated” band and one that I wish more people discovered would be the Sam Roberts Band from Montreal. They’ve been around for almost 20 years, and they’re one of the best kept secrets. Great guys, great albums and always fantastic live. Rock ‘n’ roll is alive.