15 Apr #GILAVINYL Book: A Journey of Record Collecting
#GILAVINYL Book: A Journey of Record Collecting
“Don’t claim you’re a Vinyl Craze if you haven’t read this book” is the tagline of #GILAVINYL book written by Wahyu Nugroho aka Acum that was released on 12th April. In Indonesian indie music scene Acum is known as the vocalist and bass player of folk-rock act Bangkutaman from the city Yogyakarta. Acum started #GILAVINYL (means vinyl craze or crazy about vinyl in English) hashtag in Instagram since 2012. He took it more seriously by launching gilavinyl.com later, and now he has released a book with the same title, sharing the experience of vinyl digging. The book discussed how record collecting affects people’s life, not only from his perspective but also from some of local vinyl collectors’ thoughts.
Here’s my interview with Acum at the book launch party at (ak.’sa.ra) Kemang, Jakarta:
You’ve been collecting records since 2006, however do you remember when was exactly the start of vinyl revival in Indonesia?
From what I’ve seen, it was started at the release of Those Shocking Shaking Days compilation, not long after Monka Magic Vinyl store firstly opened in (ak.’sa.ra) Kemang. Back then, ak.’sa.ra already had a music section; but the collection was not as wide or interesting. So when Monka Magic opened their store, they curated a selection of hottest titles that the millennials were listening at that time, thus making them to jump onto this vinyl revival bandwagon.
But Those Shocking Shaking Days itself is a compilation of Indonesian 1970s Psychedelic – Prog Rock compilation, which Psychedelic listeners in Indonesia is a niche market.
A part of it is because it was favored by the hipsters. Due to the influence of these hipsters, psychedelic music and vinyl is cool again, which makes lots of people to take notice and start digging in Monka Magic. This trend continued with some collective Record Fairs followed by Record Store Day Indonesia, and it finally creates the hype of vinyl revival. So to answer your question, I think 2013 is the year when it’s really happening.
After seeing and interviewing your fellow record collectors while writing this book, what do you see in these people that motivates them as a vinyl collector? Is it purely because they love physical records, or liking an artist too much, or just a purveyor of art?
They are true music lovers; they might already have the CD or cassette for a specific artist, and now they found out that they could have it in vinyl format too, which they have not considered before. Sometimes they bought it on impulse while thinking how do they play it later. It happened to me as well in the beginning; buying records before even having a record player. So it started from their love to specific artists but then ended-up collecting everything.
There are many reasons why people choose vinyl above other formats. What is yours?
To me vinyl and digging has opened up my access to music that I didn’t even know before. So it’s like a window to the world of music. The more I dig, the more I found interesting stuff, like The Kinks, which I’ve discovered them from digging. Sometimes you dig for something specific, but then you found out that certain labels like Motown has great bands on their rosters too. You can listen to everything in Spotify, but you’ll never have the whole experience of holding a physical records and enjoy the artwork.
What’s your most expensive records?
Well, I’ve never bought anything above IDR 350k (around USD 25), so my most expensive is one compilation album from the label, ‘Sarah Records’. It was IDR 450k, quite pricey to me, but it’s quite a worthy purchase.
Any digging tips for the first time diggers?
If you’re a first time digger, just let your fingers go through those crates. Do it slowly. There are fast-diggers who skipped stuff quickly just to get to what they’re looking for; however that’s not interesting to me. You should enjoy the digging process, Most of the record stores here have turntables, and you should try playing or preview the records that might be of interest to you. Records digging is a Me-time; therefore you’d better have your meal first, or even ask for your spouse’s permission if you’re married (laughing), so that you can be relaxed and not in a hurry.
In the next 5 years, in Indonesia, will records collecting stay in the hype, or slowing down and disappear?
I think the hype will slow down a little. But those who already into it, shall continue. I believe more people would get onto online stores, and the current practitioners, whom are usually the familiar faces you see in the collecting scene, would be spending more time and making purchases through online platforms.
Every book purchased at the #GILAVINYL book launch party came with a free 7″ single handpicked by Acum from his own collection. He gave me The Crystals – Do Ron Ron, a record which he knew I’d be thrilled for!
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