29 Mar The Collector Series: Ramon Groenendijk’s vinyl records collection
The Collector Series: Ramon Groenendijk’s vinyl records collection
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Name: Ramon Groenendijk
Location: Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Size of collection: Somewhere around 1100 albums on vinyl.
Tell us a bit more about yourself:
I am a 38-year-old music addict living in a very vivid and musical city in the Netherlands. I’m married to Marjolein, who also loves music. I teach Dutch language and literature at a secondary school in the south and I am always searching for new musical gems.
Since three years some friends and I started “Needles Secrets, a small vinyl congregation”: a vinyl lovers group. Each month we organize evenings to listen to each other’s favorite tracks on vinyl and tell each our story behind every record we bring.
I used to listen to my albums on a Dual CS505-4 turntable, a Marantz PM7003 amplifier and Mordaunt Short speakers. I replaced the Mordaunts last year by Q-Acoustic 3050i speakers. Such an improvement! And just a few months ago I said farewell to my Dual turntable and got a Pro-ject 2xperience SB walnut. I love this turntable and spin records every day.
What started your interest in music?
My parents listened and still listen to music a lot. My father was a big Pink Floyd lover and we listened to many great bands when I was a child. I have an older niece that got me and my parents into artists like Lenny Kravitz and Nick Cave in the late eighties. I also listened to lots of hip hop like Ice Cube, Gang Starr, NWA and Public Enemy.
When I was about twelve years old I discovered The Doors and in the early nineties I started listening to bands like Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Nirvana: I was a real Grunge-kid. And from there on my musical taste got really divers. I listened to very heavy stuff –and I still do a lot- like Kyuss, Acid Bath, Tool, Neurosis and Nine Inch Nails but also loved singer-songwriters like Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Mark Lanegan.
The bands and music I discovered in my puberty are still the bands I listen to nowadays.
How long have you been collecting?
I can’t remember not having a record player. When I was young and lived with my parents, we had lots of vinyl albums. At concerts I’d always buy the vinyl version of the album if it was available.
I remember buying Machine Head’s Burn my Eyes in Barcelona when I was there in 1996 on a school trip. That could have been the starting point of me collecting records. I started collecting seriously about ten, fifteen years ago.
What does your collection mean to you?
A lot! It contains different phases of my life and every time I dig through my collection, the vinyl tells me a different story. Music is always in my life: I listen to my albums every day. My collection helped me through some rough times; listening to an album I love keeps me grounded and helps blow of steam.
I started sharing my vinyl collection on Instagram about a year ago (@rgr_vinyl). It’s great to see there are so many vinyl lovers on Instagram. It became a new way of finding new music and share great vinyl stories!
What’s your philosophy behind collecting records and how has that evolved since you started collecting up until the present day?
Music you love deserves to be bought: support the musicians and your local record dealer. I do have a membership on Apple Music, and I listen to new albums on my iPhone or MacBook. When I like an album, I go to my local record store Kroese (I have been coming there since I was a kid) or Senor Hernandez and buy the record. Nijmegen is a great city for some crate digging.
Listening to music on vinyl to me is experiencing an album in a different way: you really take your time for music when you put a vinyl record on your turntable, lower the needle and sit down to listen to it. Vinyl makes sure you give the music all the attention it deserves.
If you could only take three records from your collection to listen for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
It’s a cliché, but my answer will be different on a weekly base. There are way too many amazing albums.
Does a box set count as one? If it does, then I would definitely take Mark Lanegan’s box set containing his first five solo studio albums (The Winding Sheet, Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, Scraps at Midnight, Field Songs and I’ll take care of you). Amazing albums and they never bore me.
At moment I think I would take Clutch’s From Beale street to Oblivion, Bon Iver’s For Emma… forever ago and Black Sabbath’s Black Sabbath.
Writing this down, I already start doubting my choices. No Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds? Where’s Nick Drake and Tom Waits when you need them? Badmotorfinger? Alice in Chains?Tool’s Undertow? Dax Riggs? Neurosis? Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker? Three albums is way to few!
Do you have any regrets about not buying any particular records?
In Antwerpen, Belgium, I did not buy Goldfrapp’s Seventh Tree, because I thought it was too expensive. I regret that now. And visiting Seattle, a local record store owner (Zion’s Gate) advised me to buy Saturnalia Temple’s Aion Drakon –an amazing doom band. I didn’t buy it and regretted it, so I went back the day after: the store was closed and I didn’t get the chance to go back before leaving for the Netherlands. Never found that album on vinyl.
Any tips for other record collectors out there?
If you like it, buy it. And most of all: support your local scene! Musicians and record stores. In Nijmegen the music scene is very vibrant and the last couple of years bands like De Staat, Black Bottle Riot, Navarone, Marike Jager and Drive Like Maria (check all these guys out!) are doing great. Supporting local bands by buying their vinyl albums (and visiting their gigs) helps them and gives your collection a nice local flavor.
Next to that, I realize that buying albums online often is less expensive than buying your albums in your local record store. And finding that gem on the internet is great! But collecting vinyl is so much more than just buying an album. For me it’s also the whole experience of doing your research, going to your local record store, talk about your discoveries and buy the album from the guys that live to sell music: the store owners. When you collect vinyl, you enter a small and amazing community. It’s very important to keep that community alive, so support your local record store!
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