In this interview I talk to Ted all about music and vinyl.
Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?
I joined Instagram in September 2014 and my first post was of a Gaslight Anthem show I saw in Toronto. My first vinly post was Jimmy Eat World’s “Futures” in October of that year. I didn’t get serious about posting vinyl until 2015. I was also posting other stuff like family trips, but in 2016, I decided to devote my account to vinyl. I’d say it was an accident that I even started posting vinyl in the first place but I knew I liked music and was starting to buy more records, plus I started interacting with other collectors on Instagram, so it was a perfect storm so to speak.
How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?
I was born in the mid-70’s so I bought some records in the 80’s like Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet”, George Michael’s “Faith” and Genesis’ “Invisible Touch”. I fell out of music around 1988 and didn’t get back into it until 1991 or 1992. I then became obsessed with music. CDs were the rage so I concentrated on those. Like Instagram vinyl posting, getting back into vinyl also happened by accident. I was looking for the CD of Wilco’s “Wilco The Album” in 2009, but the record store near my work didn’t have it, so the manager, Stephen, told me “well, the vinyl comes with the CD and the price is around the same”. I had my grandmother’s old portable turntable in my basement so I said, what the hell? And that’s when I started buying vinyl more seriously. And now I have over 1,000 records in my collection. Also, Stephen now runs one of my favourite record stores in Toronto, @deaddogrecords so he’s still giving me sound recommendations…and taking my money.
What’s your vinyl holy grail?
It would have to be an original press of Oasis’ “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?” which is my favourite album of all time. I have the 2009 repress and the new 25th anniversary silver press, but getting an original of that album would be amazing.
You have a good following on Instagram, how are you finding it all?
It’s been a mostly positive experience, because of the people I’ve met in my almost 6 years in the Instagram #vinylcommunity. Saying it’s been 6 years is pretty crazy to be honest! I find you connect with people because of the music they post or you post and those relationships then grow. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some people I’ve interacted with in-person and some have become real life friends, which has been the most rewarding part I would say. Also, you get a lot of great music recommendations, so I’ve discovered a lot of incredible artists and albums I wouldn’t have likely found on my own.
Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?
1. Oasis is my favourite band of all time and likely always will be. “What’s The Story” came out my first month of University and changed my musical trajectory. Bon Jovi was my favourite band in the 80’s and then a lot of the 90’s and the 2000’s. I still have a lot of time for them so they are
2. Seeing Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band live in 2001, on their reunion tour, changed my life, so he is
3. R.E.M. is a band that I’ve always liked, but in the past few years, that has turned to love so they would be
4. I’m pretty obsessed with 90’s alt-rock in general and while I love Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, my fave grunge-era band is Stone Temple Pilots. Weiland was an incredible front man and I still listen to them regularly, so they round out my top 5.
If you could have dinner with any musician from any time who would it be and why?
Great question. There are so many interesting choices, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Shirley Manson, Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer. But I’m going to go with Bruce Springsteen because every time I see an interview or documentary with him, he seems to have so much knowledge, passion, wisdom. I’d love to ask him about his writing process and how he has maintained his drive to create quality music for the past 4 or is it 5, decades. I think we’d have a few drinks and a great conversation.
Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?
Movies, I’m going to go old school and say if you love music you really need to watch 1996’s “That Thing You Do!” which was written and directed by Tom Hanks but sort of flew under the radar. It’s a great little film with an awesome soundtrack. TV Shows, I still have cable and love Dick Wolf series, so I’ve been into FBI and FBI: Most Wanted for the past few years. Music, these days I’m really into Gary Clark Jr., especially his 2014 “Live” album. I also recently picked up “Foreverly” by Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, where they cover an old Everly Brothers album. It’s a little out of my normal wheelhouse but I’m finding it to be a perfect late night or early morning spin.