The Collector Series: Torstein Wold’s collection

The Collector Series: Torstein Wold’s collection

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Name: Torstein Wold

Location: Oslo, Norway

Size of collection: 4-5000.

Tell us a bit more about yourself

Born in 1977 and work in television as a cameraman and editor.

What started your interest in music?

I’ve been a music fanatic for as long as I can remember. I grew up with three older brothers that always played music, so I guess they were my first influences.

I always talked about music in school, like “have you heard this or have you heard that.” I also grew up listening to specific radio shows, which included always having a tape ready to record if something good came on, and a pen and paper to write down the artist/track.

How long have you been collecting?

I bought my first crappy Philips turntable from a friend in school around 1994. I was 16-17 years old, and I got my friends records in addition to the turntable actually. It was around fifteen records and mostly crap, but it included the first press of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Peoples Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm”. That´s still one of my favorite records.

What does your collection mean to you?

It means endless hours of good music! I really enjoy it a lot and I play records every day. I almost feel bad if a day goes by and I haven’t put on a vinyl from my collection.

Luckily my girlfriend enjoys it too and likes to put on records. It’s great, because she often chooses things I haven’t heard in a while, and sometimes I even have to ask what it is. In that way I kind of rediscover my own collection.

How has record collecting affected other areas of your life?

It sure has taken a lot of my money, but I really see it as a investment! Not necesserly economically, but as an entertaining and social thing. I used to dj regularly 10-15 years ago; in clubs, parties and also as a dj in a hip hop group that I was a part of. In this way you meet a lot of people and get to share your passion for music.

I don´t really dj anymore, but I love to spin for people at my place. I have a lot of friends that play in bands that like to come and get some new inspiration. I also have an Instagram account where I mainly post vinyl pictures. And through Instagram I have gotten to know other collectors from all over the world.

I tend to choose big cities or places where I know there are good records when I plan my vacations..

In 2005 I went to Tokyo, Japan mainly for record shopping. I fell in love with the people and the country, so I’ve been going back every year. The aim is still to buy records, but also to meet amazing friends I’ve met there during the last 10-12 years.

Do you have a record collecting philosophy? A price you won’t pay, maybe, or a total number of records you won’t go past. Do you buy reissues?

I just buy whatever music I like basically. I don´t really buy the very expensive records. I guess the most I have paid is around $80 for one record.

There are not many reissues in my collection. To me, it just feels like cheating. I have, however, a few that I guess I will never find the original at a reasonable price.

In addition, I don´t buy records online.  This also feels a bit like cheating. I had a period about 10 years ago where I bought some records on ebay. I bought maybe around 100 records in a period of a year or two. However, I felt like this just took away some of the fun and the reason why I started collecting in the first place. It´s just so much more satisfying and fun to find the records yourself. I love going to record stores, and can easily spend the whole day in one store if they have good records and a spot where I can listen/check them out there.

What’s your comfort record, the one you can always go back to?  What makes it so special?

Hmmm.. this is a tough one. I like so many different genres of music, so I could list a hundred comfort records.

But I must mention Dj Shadow “Endtroducing” -for being a masterpiece and always sounding good.

Windy & Carl´s “Antarctica” for that amazing and relaxing title-track.

The Cinematic Orchestra´s “Every Day” or “Ma Fleur”. Both albums are beautiful, and have some tracks that always gives me goosebumps.

Any tips for other record collectors out there?

Have fun with it! Use your local record shops, in addition to thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales. Get your fingers dusty and you will find good stuff!

Lately I’ve been kinda overwhelmed by my collection, mostly by thinking and knowing there are a lot of records in there that I probably never will listen to again. That has motivated me to get rid of many records that I don´t like anymore or have had multiple copies of. I’ve given some to friends or thrift stores, and some I have traded or sold at record fairs.

Even though mine is not that big, I’ve always wanted a big collection, but it still feels good to “narrow it down” a little..- to get rid of the “one-trackers” and the ones that just take up space.

It´s not about having a big collection, but having good records!

I will probably never stop buying vinyl though.. 🙂

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