07 Sep The Collector Series: Mio’s vinyl records collection
The Collector Series: Mio’s vinyl records collection
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Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Size of collection: A rough guess would be around 2000 but I actually don’t know for sure.
Tell us a bit more about yourself:
20-something who’s been working in a record store (Bengans) for 7 years. Lives in Gothenburg but grew up in the middle of a Swedish forest in a small, small town where once a year the largest music festival in Sweden was held back in the days.
What started your interest in music? Is there any interesting story or history behind it?
For me music is as much a need as it is a passion. It started at a very early age as an escape, a distraction, a way to travel in both time & place without having to physically move. I wasn’t comfortable with my surrounding as a kid but music brought me peace & a lot of hope.
Also the festival I mentioned above was a heavy influence. I went to that festival almost every year from when I was maybe 2-3 years old until 2009 (the last year before it went bankrupt). When I was a kid my dad or my sister would take me with them during the day & as soon as I turned 13 I was allowed to go by myself. This early exposure to live music & different kind of genres definitely made me appreciate music in every way.
And I can’t deny that MTV was a major influence too, watching music videos as a kid at night when everyone was asleep. The best music videos always came on after midnight; Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Fatboy Slim.
How long have you been collecting?
On and off for maybe 10 years or so.
What does your collection mean to you?
It’s a solid thing in a fleeting world. Comforting in a way, inspiring when you need it. An instant source of joy if you’re down. There’s something very distracting, stress relieving & “living in the now” kind of thing with carefully picking a record, putting it on the turntable & then spend an hour or so consuming something you love. So I guess it means a lot to my… sanity?
What’s your philosophy behind collecting records and how has that evolved since you started collecting up until the present day?
Quality before quantity. I know that’s a cliché (& also sounds kind of pretentious) but I think it’s one of the most important lessons. When I started collecting I bought & kept anything & everything. Records where I kind of liked 1-2 tracks but didn’t care for the rest, records I got for free, records considered “must have classics” but that I didn’t like. I also didn’t look up what others thought of that particular pressing or any reviews. This changed maybe 1-2 years into collecting & now I try to only buy albums I love, at least in VG condition & that I know I will listen to for many years to come.
Share with us your current top 3 records and tell us why they are your favorites?
Three is hard. I always say I have four top albums that I won’t grade (so honourable mention to Leonard Cohen’s “Songs of Leonard Cohen” who was cut from the list today)
Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
I’m a massive Bob Dylan (& Leonard Cohen) fan & have been for so many years. “Blonde on Blonde” is my favorite album of his. For me this is Dylan perfected, both lyrically & musically. Absolutely captivating in every way & I never get tired of hearing it.
Elliott Smith – Either/Or
I have a slight obsession with this album. I heard it for the first time in my early teens and fell for it immediately. Since then I’ve stacked up on several copies. I love all Smith’s albums but this one, there’s something special about it that just speaks to me. Hauntingly dark & beautiful.
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
This album is very important to me on a personal level. It came out at a time when I needed it the most, making me feel less alone in an experience. Not only that, the powerful words he sang were wrapped in the most gorgeous soundscape you could ever imagine. Soft & glimmering sounds to a darkness few has experienced but many need to hear about.
Any tips for other record collectors out there?
Buy records you know you’re going to listen to. Have patience, you’ll find the right copy eventually & the most important thing: have fun. The whole process from figuring out what you want, go out digging for it, finding it, spinning it, hugging it, kissing it, sharing it with your friends, registering it on Discogs & put it in a plastic sleeve in your shelf. It’s all part of the lovely ritual.
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