26 Apr The Collector Series: Dereck Higgins’ vinyl records collection
The Collector Series: Dereck Higgins’ vinyl records collection
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Name: Dereck Higgins
Location: Omaha, Nebraska USA
Size of collection: 10,000 plus
Tell us a bit more about yourself:
Retired mental health specialist(30 years)/musician. Born in 1955 I come from a musical family, grew up surrounded by it and started playing instruments young. Have been in many bands (Digital Sex, Disco Ranch) and
continue to play and record in several (RAF, Icky Blossoms, Son Ambulance, InDreama, Chemicals, RAF,…)
What started your interest in music?
It really seems to be in my DNA. My parents say I was rocking in time to music I loved before I could walk. I do credit my parents for exposing me and my siblings to a wide variety of music early in our lives.
How long have you been collecting?
Since childhood and seriously staring in my late teens.
What does your collection mean to you?
I know attachment to material things is insanity. Knowing that the music continues to be a living library and reference point for so many things in life.
What’s your philosophy behind collecting records and how has that evolved since you started collecting up until the present day?
It is a reflection of one’s personality and world view. Daily listening became a ritual early on so music is my life soundtrack. I’d say as I’ve grown older my ability to decipher and appreciate diverse expression has as well. Again, I credit my parents as well as older siblings for teaching me how to recognize quality across a variety of music.
Any interesting story about your record collecting adventure? Please share.
Many and hard to think but in 1994 I had the pleasure of working in Japan. While there browsing through a collection I encountered records from my teens I had sold where I had written my name inside the covers. That was pretty unforgettable.
I met Philip Glass in the mid-80’s and brought my copy of his ‘Piano Solos’ on Shandar for him to sign. He was gracious but surprised as he said he had never seen it before and asked where I found it. He explained that what was on the record were demos he had sent out trying to get a deal while in Europe that were never returned. It was quite a moment and I still have the autographed album.
One more, I release music on my own label (DVH Recordings) and recently became friends with Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree, Japan/Rain Tree Crow). I sent him a copy of my “Flyover” lp on purple splatter vinyl as he sent me a copy of his new lp. He said he loves the download and plays it in the car.
Share with us your top 3 favorite records and explain why?
This is very hard but top contenders:
Faust – Their first album was a real head turner for me when I heard it as a teen, really helped define my approach to sound.
Genesis – Selling England By the Pound – The Lamb is close and the reason being is this music really helped me get through adolescence.
Joe Zawinul – Zawinul – Again, I have to choose one connected to early life changing times and how the music is still as gripping as it was in 1970.
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