The Collector Series: Stéphane Landry’s vinyl records collection

The Collector Series is a photography and interview project documenting vinyl records collectors in their most natural and intimate environment. Want to get featured on #vinyloftheday? Send us a photo of your records collection and a few words about your records collection to diana@vinyloftheday.com. We have Stéphane Landry (@plasticpalaceperson) for this week feature, read below.

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Name: Stéphane Landry

Location: Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

Size of collection: around 5500 across all physical formats

Tell us a bit more about yourself:
When I’m not listening to or thinking about music I work as an instructor for the Workers Compensation Board of Quebec. I’ve also been DJed, been a radio announcer/producer and a journalist. I’ve also got instruments but I can’t play a lick.

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What started your interest in music? Is there any interesting story or history behind it?
Hard to tell what initially sparked my interest in music however music was omnipresent in my house while growing up. My mother listened to AM radio religiously and my father was (what would become) a classic rock junkie. This definitely was a gateway to being immersed into a wide range of music. Another thing that sparked me interest in music before I started collecting was the 17-part documentary called “All You Need Is Love.” Some of the music I already knew but juxtaposed with the images of thrashing, sweaty rock gods, I was mesmerized and craved more and I must have watched every episode 10 times!! Seeing and hearing Jimi Hendrix doing Wild Thing at the Monterey Pop festival and the Who trashing their instruments was all I needed.

How long have you been collecting?
I bought my first album (Led Zeppelin II) when I was twelve and never really looked back. Unfortunately on two occasions vast parts on my collection were destroyed by water but I’ve “soldiered” on and never stopped collecting.

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What does your collection mean to you?
It means having access to musical happiness at the snap of a finger. Music and my collection are my companion in the best and the worst of times. Music has always soothed me and it has made me enthusiastic beyond words. Discovering a new album that resonates with me still gives me chills. Also, I can still get goosebumps from an album I’ve listened to a thousand times. My collection also means hours of research and crate digging and that is somehow very satisfying. I would also add that I think that all those spines lined up are incredibly sexy!

What’s your philosophy behind collecting records and how has that evolved since you started collecting up until the present day? My philosophy has evolved from trying to be a completist with most artists to really honing in on what is essential for me. My challenge has always been not liking any particular genre but liking them all! As any collector will tell you, space can become an issue at one point so that also helped along the change of philosophy!

Share with us your current top records and tell us a bit about them – why they are your favourites?
These are not necessarily all-time favourites but they are records that are in heavy rotation these days.

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1- Les Chemins De Katmandou by Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier

Soundtrack to a film that was thought to be lost finally released by the good folks at Finders Keepers. I love this album because you can’t go wrong with the Gainsbourg/Vannier duo. Almost exclusively instrumental it’s a lushly orchestrated behemoth that needs to be heard by anyone who also loves Gainsbourg’s Histoire De Melody Nelson.

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2- x-dreams by Annette Peacock

She’s got other incredible albums but this one has been on the turntable a lot recently. Jazzy, sultry and funky, it definitely hits that sweet spot for me. 40 years on and it still sounds forward thinking.

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3- Queen Of Denmark by John Grant

On Instagram people ask me if I listen to new music so I’ve included this future classic. Alternating between bitingly funny and sad commentaries on his personal life and the state of the world, Grant doesn’t get enough recognition for his incredible songwriting. Harking back to the soft rock of the 70s (but updating the sound to make it his own) this album makes me smile and cringe (in the best possible way).

Was there ever a record which you regret not buying?
YES!! I was in a small shop in Toronto when I came across a 2nd pressing of Nick Drake’s Five Leaves Left that was still sealed. Since I had a huge stack of funk and soul albums in my hands I foolishly told myself I wasn’t there to dig for folk records and I didn’t buy it. Been kicking myself ever since.

Any tips for other record collectors out there?
Don’t listen to collectors! Seriously,find what you love in music (whether it be genre, artist etc.) and then mine it to death!

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