The Collector Series: Scott Maize ’s vinyl records collection

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Name: Scott Maize

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Size of collection: Currently around 1,200, give or take

Tell us a bit more about yourself:

36 years old, born and raised in California and currently living in Greentpoint (BK) with my wife and 5 year old son. I work for Amazon in the digital advertising space. My work isn’t my passion but it helps me fund it. My passion being music, records, cycling, healthy living and helping raise my son to be a great and cultured human being in this odd world we live in today.

What started your interest in music? Is there any interesting story or history behind it?

My earliest memories of falling in love with music is when my neighbor played me a cassette single of MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This.” I remember running home after hearing that and thinking to myself I needed that cassette single. Flash forward a couple years and I was heavily recording my favorite 80’s songs on the radio onto cassette tape and I became very obsessed with gangster rap. My neighbors and I were dubbing each other’s cassettes of some gangster classics, such as Celly Cel, South Central Cartel, CMW, Too Short, 8ball & MJG etc… My mom was breaking all my CDs/Tapes she could find when she caught me listening to some of this stuff.

I was also falling in love with many of the 90’s Indy bands I was seeing during those late night hours on MTV. Come Jr. High/High School I was thinking of ways I could differentiate myself from the regulars at my school. With my obsession with music I thought that I should start seeking out groups that no one was listening to or knew about, yet so I could be the guy introducing people to new music. This is where I became obsessed with 90’s rap and “underground” hip hop and which spun my musical tastes in all direction and started off my journey into the record world. I’ve always been all about the beats and music. Lyrics and vocals are always secondary for me.

Like many, I was searching for records that were the sample sources for many of my favorite hip hop beats. I’ve always been an album guy, which I would (and still do) sit down and listen to an album front to back so the novelty of finding a record with a sample and having the rest of the tracks be clunkers, quickly wore off. However, I started really listening to and understanding Jazz and that accelerated my search into all forms of genres, such as psyche, electronic, prog etc…

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How long have you been collecting?

Since Jr. High school.

What does your collection mean to you?

Comfort, escapism and a disease.

What’s your philosophy behind collecting records and how has that evolved since you started collecting up until the present day?

It started with buying everything that I love. I wish I could keep it this way but space and money will always prevent this so I had to re-think my strategy and I sold off half of my collection over time and refined it. I always ask myself, “Can I live with a digital version of this?” If not, I’ll seek out original and early pressings.

Reading that is cringe worthy because I’m not an OG snob when it comes to other people but if I’m going to file it I want to put some time and effort into it and I get an excitement when I can locate an original and I’ve been blessed to know many people that have helped my obtain pieces that I never thought I’d own. Yes it’s always about the music but I’m not going to lie and pretend that and I’m also not a collector when it comes to records. I’ll never file anything I don’t enjoy.

Share with us your top 3 records and why?

I will caveat by saying these aren’t my top 3 favorite albums but my top 3 records (which will most likely change after I write this)

1). Jeff Phelps – Magnetic Eyes – This sets the bar as far as electronic soul goes. One of the best private press releases for me. Great chords and warm synth backed by drum machines and wonderful arrangements.

2). Relatively Clean Rivers – This is an amazing record and one that I spin often but it really sparked my love with finding similar records with this rural type of sound and digging deep for similar, known & lesser known bands in this vain.

3). Rob Thomsett – Yaraandoo – I didn’t even believe original copies existed and this record reminds me that anything is obtainable and patience = reward. The music is fantastic, as well.

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Any tips for other record collectors out there?

No one needs any tips. It’s a format of music and in my opinion the best way to listen to music and it connects you to people around the world, which is the best. Have fun and do what you do and let others do what they do.

Do you have any regrets about not buying any particular records?

YES! It haunts me till this day that I never picked up Médico Doktor Vibes ‎– Liter Thru Dorker Vibes when I had the chance. If anyone is sitting on a copy….

Check out Scott Maize via:

https://www.instagram.com/scottmaize/

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