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What was the first album you purchased? Do you remember the store?
Of course, you never forget your first time 😉 It was Blondie’s ‘Parallel Lines’. Like many men of my age, I had a huge boyhood crush on Debbie Harry. I can’t say for sure where I bought it but most likely it would have been Woolworths, a now defunct UK high street chain that used to sell all sorts of household hardware and groceries as well as a record section of all the latest chart hits.
How many records does your collection amount to?
Until recently I had around 10,000 records but during lockdown I decided to downsize and trim my collection to around 6,000. Basically, down to a more manageable size, just enough to fill the space I have to keep them in my record room. So I just kept the vinyl that was really, really special to me, the absolute classics and sold the rest on Discogs.
How do you organize your collection?
It’s loosely filed alphabetically by artist but within that I have big sections by genre and by label and by era. So for example, under E I have an 80s section, and Electro section and under H, I have a Hacienda (the club) section and a Hip Hop section. And S has a section for all my Stress (the label) Records and all the records that remind me of the club Shelleys where I was resident in the early 90s. I also have a US House section with Knuckles, Morales, MAW, Strictly Rhythm, etc and a Renaissance section, a Global Underground section, a LCD Soundsystem/DFA/Soulwax section, a Breaks section, a Chill Out section, etc, etc. I keep finding new genres and sub genres to create. It’s part of the fun of having a physical collection of music.
If you could choose, what would be your favourite album?
That’s such a difficult question to answer as different albums mean different things to me depending on my mood but Prince’s ’Sign O The Times’ springs to mind as an all time fave that I go back to pretty regularly. As does New Order’s ‘Low Life’, Tears For Fears ’Songs From The Big Chair’, Talking Heads ‘Remain In Light’, Massive Attack ‘Blue Lines’, Leftfield ‘Leftism’, The Style Council ‘Cafe Blue’, I could go on.😅
Originals or remasters?
I tend to go for Original pressings. There’s just something more authentic about having the original release even though the Repressings tend to be better quality and often offer added extras.
What record did you lend to someone and they never gave it back? You can mention the culprit.
I can do one better than that. I left all my 80s 7” singles collection with a friend when I left home in Leeds to move to London aged 19. When I came back to collect them a few years later, he’d sold them all. I won’t mention his name as he’s no longer with us, God rest his soul, but needless to say, I was devastated.
Which album do you have the most copies of? How many? Why?
I don’t have any multiple copies of anything anymore really. Selling any ‘doubles’ or ‘triples’ was all part of my recent downsizing. The only things I have more than one copy of are of my own productions. I have a whole box of my latest 12” vinyl release for Selador, the ‘Remixes EP’ under my desk. Does that count? 😅
From which label do you think you have the most records?
Probably Stress Records. It was the label I ran for 10 years in the ’90s so I have a copy of everything we released. I’ve also got everything that was ever released on Guerrilla Records. They were a big influence on my early years as a working Club DJ.
What record have you played so many times that it no longer sounds good?
Ha! Choose any one of the hundreds of acetates I pressed around the millennium! I also had to replace my copy of Grace Jones ’Nightclubbing’ recently. My original copy had seen better days! Lol
What is the vinyl you have paid the most for?
I’ve not really paid ridiculous money for a record. It’s hard to remember over 40+ years of collecting what is the most I’ve spent. I can tell you more recently that I paid £50 for a copy of the James Murphy remix of David Bowie’s ‘Love Is Lost’ but I have probably spent more than that at some point over the years. I’ve had my eye on a copy of Joe Goddard’s ‘Gabriel’ but they’re going for £125+ at the minute so I’ve not managed to justify it to myself yet.😅
What album did you buy for “obligation”?
I just picked up a second hand copy Marvin Gaye ‘What’s Going On’ because I thought it was an album I “should” have in my collection.
What was the last album you bought?
UNKLE ‘Ronin 1’ Although, they’ve been having delivery delays so I’m still waiting for it to arrive.
How is the wish list? How many discs does it amount to?
I’ve currently got 89 items on my Wants list at Discogs but there’s probably hundreds more that I’ve not added yet. The struggle is real!
Vinyl store, internet or record fair?
Oh, I still like a good vinyl store. Although to be honest, I’d be as happy as a kid in a sweet shop with all three of those options!
Watch Dave’s latest video of his most recent vinyl purchases here >
Dave’s lates vinyl release ‘The Remixes EP’ is out now on Selador >
You can also browse through the vinyl Dave has for sale at his Discogs page here >