18 Oct #vinyloftheday: Alvin Tan (Phunk Studio) Interview
As part of the ongoing collaboration between #vinyloftheday and ZIGGY comes a feature series in which we dig into the record collections of some noteworthy local individuals to discover just what makes up their supply of wax. For September, we look up Phunk Studio ’s Alvin Tan at the collective’s working space, where he’s put together a turntable setup and a humble hoard of vinyl records. Though relatively small, this record collection is testament to Alvin’s discerning taste for rock, as much as his love for the format. “Vinyl comes with a different process, because its large format means you actually need to take out a very tactile thing and put the needle on the record,” he says, “It’s quite a calming process, which really appeals to me.” And as a designer, it’s only natural that vinyl’s large and great sleeve art also scores points with Alvin. Besides purchasing his first record (by Björk) on the basis of his attraction to its cover, he reckons vinyl art can only add to one’s listening experience. In his view: “Holding a vinyl record and looking at the artwork whilst listening to the music is quite an experience. In that way, vinyl is almost like art to me.” Look out for more of such features on such record collections in the upcoming months!