20 Mar The Collector Series: Alexandre Citvaras’s vinyl records collection
The Collector Series: Alexandre Citvaras’s vinyl records collection
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Name: Alexandre Citvaras
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Size of collection: Around 3.000 Vinyl Records, 800 CDs, 100 Music DVDs, 100 Cassettes and 110 Music Books
Tell us a bit more about yourself:
I live in São Paulo with my beautiful wife and my two small kids (6 and 8 years old). I work for a couple of Waste Management companies as a consultant for new business development; my job makes me travel a lot around Brazil and to different European countries several times per year.
What started your interest in music?
I’m the youngest of three brothers, so I started listen to music with them at tender age of 8 years old in the early 80s. We were really influenced by the first Rock In Rio Festival at early 85 and the Kiss concert at 84, so instantly we become Metalhead kids, and we used to buy records every month from bands like AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Def Leppard and Accept, but our music taste took different paths from this common point. Another significant point, my parents were really opened about our music taste and musicianship. My mother introduced us in music playing and I started to play drums when I was 13 years old and my older brother become an amazing guitar player and he collect vinyl records too.
How long have you been collecting?
I started to buy records by myself when I was 13, but It started to grow in college, in 94 I had around 300 records. From 96 until 99 I was a DJ for a radio show in a collage radio station and record digging became huge part of my life. Vinyl records were always my favorite format, in early 90s they were very chip and my budget were very small too, so that was the right way to grow a larger record collection. I bought lots of pretty rare Brazilian records during the late 90s.
What does your collection mean to you?
It’s deeply about the artistic value of the music and the graphic art that makes this enigmatic black wax with a cool printed cover be gold for me. I see my collection as an art treasure that I kept for my children and further generations, the art really moves me and dig new treasures in crates from all over Brazil and other countries is like a treasure hunt. I feel like an archeologist and I love it!
What’s your philosophy behind collecting records and how has that evolved since you started collecting up until the present day?
I don’t think I have a real philosophy behind collecting. It’s a simple act of listen to music every day and when I sit in front of my stereo and start to pull different records from the collection the magic starts. Usually I listen to the recently additions first, but I love to ear to this old fellows that take me to ancient times and different places in all my life journey. It’s a very important part of my day and when I travel, internet saves me. It was always like that… The pleasure of listen to music and discover new sounds…
If you could only take three records from your collection to listen for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
Lots of records had important role in my life, but only some of them were able to change my view and my understanding about music, this records opened my mind and helped me became a better person. There is more than 3 records that could be with me forever, and tell only 3 is hard and sure this list will change from time to time.
Today my list is:
Jards Macalé – Jards Macalé (Brazil – 1972)
New Model Army – Impurity (UK – 1990)
Can – Future Day (Germany – 1973)
Do you have any regrets about not buying any particular records?
The records come and go in the record stores and you always will have the opportunity to find an unexpected new treasure or something you are looking for ages. Sure, I regret about not buying many records during all this time, sometimes you don’t have the money or you don’t know about the music quality of this particular record you have in hands, but I know one day it will cross my path again and will be mine. I really don’t mind or waste to much time thinking about it, and the reissues are a good short path for hard to find records, anyway.
Any tips for other record collectors out there?
You should listen to as much music you can, it’s not about value, it’s all about music and art. Other important issue is diversity, you must taste lots of music from different countries with languages to open your mind about what is music. But the most important tip is “Music has no prejudice and true music lovers must be like this too! – Open your mind and your heart to music!”
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