12 Apr The Collector Series: Tony Sicilia’s vinyl records collection
The Collector Series: Tony Sicilia’s vinyl records collection
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Name: Tony Sicilia
Location: Raleigh, NC
Size of collection: 210
Tell us a bit more about yourself:
I’ll be 35 in June. I have an amazing fiancée named Meagan (who, thankfully, supports my vinyl addiction). I have a 10 year old Saint Bernard. I love music and going to concerts. And making new vinyl collecting friends.
What started your interest in music?
I was in elementary school with an older brother who introduced me to 80’s hair bands like Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue and then graduated to 90’s groups like Live, Pearl Jam, Sponge, etc. Prince was also a favorite at an early age.
Back to more questions about yourself. How long have you been collecting?
I have been collecting since 2013.
What does your collection mean to you?
My collection means everything to me. I can pretty much tell you which shop each record came from. The most important piece in my record collection is my Ryan Adams/Whiskeytown collection. I pretty much have everything that has been put out on vinyl, and still missing a few things.
What’s your philosophy behind collecting records and how has that evolved since you started collecting up until the present day?
I started collecting records that I would listen to growing up. I felt like that was my starting point in my record collecting. I needed to get ‘Purple Rain’ by Prince, ‘Slippery When Wet’ by Bon Jovi, and ‘Mental Jewelry’ by Live and so on. Good thing some of those records were easy to find…some, not so easy! Today, I find myself grabbing new records from artists who I’ve never heard before. I’ve been spending more money than usual trying to continue to build my Ryan Adams collection. I always kept in mind that if you love something, go for it. I know that sounds kind of cheesy but it’s true. If you find a record and it costs $100 and it’s something that you’ve always wanted, buy it if you have the money and don’t mind eating ramen noddles for a month. There’s been a few months for me that I had only peanut & jelly sandwiches. It’s an addiction but like my fiancée says, it could be worse. Music is life. And if you’re reading this, you probably understand!
Any interesting story about your record collecting adventure? It happened 3 weeks ago online. I was updated my Discogs account and randomly searched for Ryan Adams, still missing a few things from him, and noticed that 1234 Go Records had posted a rare pressing of Ryan Adams Heartbreaker on Black/Teal vinyl. My heart sank. That was my Holy Grail! My fiancée wiped the drool from my lips. I grabbed my phone and called them up. They still had it. It had to be mine. So we made a deal and a few days later the record showed up on my door step. We don’t have to talk about how much I dropped on that record.
Share with us your top 3 favorite records and explain why?
- Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
- Butch Walker – Sycamore Meadows
- Ryan Adams – Love is Hell
Each of these albums have helped me through difficult times. They have also helped me to move on. These two guys have done a lot for me and I hope that artists realize that they do have an impact on people’s lives.
Any tips for other record collectors out there?
Go diggin’! You just never know what you’re going to find when you hit up a record shop. And if you have to think twice about a record, grab it or you’ll regret it!
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