The Collector Series: Tanja’s vinyl records collection

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Name: Tanja

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Size of collection: a little bit undethe r 1000 records

Tell us a bit more about yourself:
I’m 26 years old. I run a record shop in Helsinki called Record Shop X. Record Shop X is a chain of eight shops around Finland. My dog Dave hangs out at my shop every day with me.

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What started your interest in music? Is there any interesting story or history behind it?
My family. My parents listened to a lot of music when I was a kid, mostly stuff like Queen, Gary Moore, ZZ Top, Rainbow etc. When my big brother started to listen heavy/thrash/black metal I followed in his footsteps. We still listen to a lot of the same bands and talk about music often.

How long have you been collecting?
I’ve been collecting vinyl for about seven years now. Before that I bought CDs.

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What does your collection mean to you?
Everything. I love my records, probably a bit too much. They’re my treasure.

What’s your philosophy behind collecting records and how has that evolved since you started collecting up until the present day?
Quality over quantity. I still buy a lot of records but I used to buy too much stuff. Like records that were good but not stuff I’d really listen to more than once. I try to focus on albums that I really like and need nowadays.

Share with us your current top 3 records and tell us why they are your favorite?
Mercyful Fate’s Don’t Break the Oath is my all time favorite album. I’m a huge fan of King Diamond and DBtO is his greatest work.

Celtic Frost’s To Mega Therion because I just recently warmed up to it and I’ve listened to it a lot lately!

Carnivore’s Carnivore. Such an awesome album with great lyrics. I could listen to it daily and never get bored.

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Was there ever a record you had a chance to buy and now regret passing in it?
A seven inch with E.T. quotes from the movie. I have no idea what I would’ve done with it but I still think about that disturbing album five years after seeing it.

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Any tips for other record collectors out there?
Treat them babies with good care and they’ll last longer on this planet than you do. And don’t think of any albums as a guilty pleasure or shameful. Just buy everything you love no matter what others think.

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