The past few years I’ve always wanted to get back into vinyl records.
When I was young my dad used to make me listen to his records on his old school hifi system and appreciate his music record collection with all sorts of albums from artists and bands mainly based around the rock genre. Back in the day when we used to live here in Melbourne my dad used to keep an eye on JB HIFI record sales and go to the shops and flick through records to try and find some good bargains. Later on at the age of 9 years old I started to enjoy listening to rock music and I was simply hooked on listening to Guns n’ Roses & Metallica which were pretty much the top 2 bands that were ruling the rock/metal scene during the early 90s. So my dad made me listen to some of his bands of his era such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rush and other bands. At the time I didn’t really appreciate it that much, listening to the sound as much as my own bands, since it sounded old. I was raised in between the death of music cassettes and the commercial peak of CDs. But years passed, my passion for music has grown, my genres of music have expanded to a larger range of styles.
Later on when I was 16 my parents bought me a computer and I was literally blown away by technology, the internet, and the luxury of easy accessing music. So my music library has grown by hard drives and mp3s. My knowledge has grown discovering such artists, bands, and DJs I haven’t even heard of before.
CDs phased out, digital media became so easy to download music in high quality in a matter of minutes, saving time going to entertainment shops or pre-ordering albums.
Years passed and I’ve amassed a music library which would probably last 5-6 months played non- stop. But what I seriously lost was the appreciation for album art, the appreciation for the entire work given to an album. So I recently felt like I need to go back to my roots. Physical media just simply gives the feel of owning an album, a piece of art. Records simply have it all. So the past few months I decided that I needed to dedicate a wall to simply putting music in my own new house. I’ve purchased a reasonable priced Numark TTUSB record player which I picked up from eBay in great condition. I’ve also thought about record storages, taking me around 2 weeks to decide what to go for and thinking way ahead for a much bigger collection, so I’ve finally agreed with the IKEA Expedit (totally recommend, perfect for records). I’ve even added IKEA Dioder LED lights placed in the back of the book shelf making it easy on the eye while enjoying the music.
Simply put, my mission is to purchase a great variety of good music to listen and chill out and listen while I’m on my iMac working away with web designing or surfing the web.
It’s amazing nowadays watching vinyl making a comeback. Current artists making their album available especially on LP and making limited edition records spicing up an album release.
Recently my dad decided to send me his entire record collection and continue what he has left off years ago. The records are on its way all the way from Malta. What I’ve also discovered is that the great thing about living in Melbourne finding out about record fairs such as Crate Diggers and some trendy shops here still selling records.
If you’re in Melbourne and want to purchase records check out the following site giving you all the info you need to find where the closest record store is available to you:
Diggin’ Melbourne – http://digginmelbourne.wordpress.com/
Check out my current record collection: