‘When did you first start collecting records?’ is a question that, as a DJ and a collector, I hear all the time. It’s one of the first questions you get asked in interviews, especially since the vinyl ‘boom’ of the last decade. In 2020, record sales overtook CDs for the first time since 1986, so it seems that the word vinyl is very much on a lot of people’s lips.
For me, an obsession with subcultures I wasn’t alive to be part of is really what kickstarted my love for vinyl. I was brought up in a household that exclusively listened to 50s music: doo-wop, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll. In my dad's famous words ‘if it ain’t rockin’ it ain’t right’. My early entrance into the oldies occult had me fawning over certain records from my parents’ collections throughout my pre-teens. It was the touch and the feel of being able to pick up these records which I loved.