David is a California native who is currently living in Portland, OR. He works for Mobile Roadie, an app development company. He gave us a super cool interview about his love of vinyl and the hunt for the best pizza while on tour.
Q. When did you get switched on to/start collecting vinyl?
As a kid I loved playing through my mom and dad’s collections, though it wasn’t until I was about 14 when I decided to really start my own collection.
Q. Do you remember the first record you bought? Did you inherit any vinyl?
Being much younger than most of my friends who already had massive collections, I believe one of my friends passed on an old Cave In 7” to me to start it all off. Since then I’ve inherited both of my parents’ collections.
Q. Would you consider your vinyl collecting to be an addiction? If so, how bad is it?
I don’t know if I’d consider it a full on addiction. I can manage it up until a point. I go through these spurts where I’ll end up blowing hundreds of dollars in one go and then I’ll end up backing off for a while. In the moment I have a hard time controlling it but when I step away from these spurts I’m usually good. Though there are specific artists and labels I keep up with and often end up buying most of the new releases they put out.
Q. In light of the media-hyped vinyl renaissance that’s going on with mainstream releases, why do you think vinyl has always persevered in the less mainstream genres and labels?
The thing about vinyl is that it’s more than just a format; it’s a packaged experience. Artists and labels have the freedom to make these packages unique with their covers and inserts as well as by variance in vinyl colors, sizes, and the speeds with which you play them in. I believe this has always been the drive for the less mainstream audiences.
Q. What’s your favorite place to look for vinyl?
I love hitting up the local record shops when I’m not looking for anything specific. But if I am, I usually resort to hunting it down somewhere on the Internet, whether it’s from the artists directly, their labels, or a distro. More often than not, I find it much easier and cheaper to find what I’m looking for on eBay. Though, my ultimate favorite is buying from the artists themselves at their show or from a local DIY distro.
Q. You spent some time on tour right? Find any cool vinyl spots? How was that experience?
I was actually tagging along with my buddies’ band Tweak Bird for only two weeks of the six and a half weeks they were out. The majority of the tour was opening for the Melvins as the Melvins accomplished 51 shows, in 51 states, in 51 days. Honestly, I was on a time crunch and didn’t frequent many record shops to avoid the temptation of splurging on vinyl. Any free time I had was spent trying to find the best local pizza in town with my taste buds.
Q. Around how many records to you have in your collection?
Honestly, at this point, I don’t even know. As I mentioned before, there have been periods when I don’t buy vinyl at all, and times when I blow a bunch of money and buy a grip at a time. Though I will say this: I’m doing my fifth move in the last five years and I have about 8-10 large tubs full; which has cost me a lot in food and beer to motivate my friends and family to help me move.
Q. If I can ask what’s the most you’ve ever paid for a record? Do you have a preset price limit?
I think the most I’ve ever paid has been about 30 to 40 bucks, if that. I have a hard time paying for something that is overpriced, whether it’s due to shipping or inflated collector’s costs, when I know I can eventually find it for a reasonable price.
Q. What’s your holy grail record right now?
It’s hard to say. I’ve had some records that were worth up to $200 at one point, and now probably wouldn’t sell for more than 20 bucks. If everything has a price, then nothing has value. Some records that were very special to me 10 years ago don’t hold the same value that they once did. They are a handful in my collection that still maintain special value to me but I couldn’t nail down just one.
Q. Do you have a favorite record or band discography?
Like I mentioned earlier, the value of records have changed as my music taste has changed, over the years. For instance, there was a time when I collected all Godspeed You! Black Emperor records and all their related side projects and I still continue to collect all the records put out by the Kinsella brothers and their related projects. There are also a handful of labels I constantly keep up with and frequently buy from when they put out new releases. Right now I’m just about to finish my Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy collections.
Special thanks to David!
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