January 1, 2016
Our readers have incredible record collections. Here are 15 of the most popular photos from the last year.
Words: Michael Wilkin
The world is full of record collectors, but very few get the credit they deserve. Beyond our Crate Diggers series – where we explore the record buying exploits of the world’s best DJs – we’ve also been given a look inside the private collections of the most dedicated, under appreciated vinyl enthusiasts on the planet (barring one or two obvious inclusions…)
Our #VFRecordCollections hashtag series on Instagram was the driving force behind the discoveries, where our community was treated to a constant flow of incredible photos of Instagram users’ record collections. These ranged from the minimal, to the highly curated, to the straight-up unwieldily – the one constant with every submission was the ever-present sense of enthusiasm and pride for the blood, sweat, tears (and money) spent in gathering such beautiful collections.
Cover photo: @tom_furse
Ben Mor – @morbros
Romain Molio – @romainmolio
Damiano von Erckert – @lovebasedmusic
Christopher Brown – @what_can_brown
Jeff Rochester – @televista
Karen Gwyer – @kgwyer
Daniel Pavlich – @daniel_pavlich
Andrea Parker – @michaeljwilkin for @thevinylfactory
A little self-indulgence with this one. We recently sent our photographer out to snap the collection of UK DJ, producer and label boss Andrea Parker as part of our Crate Diggers series. While definitely not your average vinyl enthusiast, Parker’s humble approach to her stunning collection made this shot feel right at home in the list.
Andrea Parker has summited Ecuador's five highest volcanoes, suffered two collapsed lungs, DJ'd with one arm and once rescued a stack of seminal library LPs from a skip. . The next instalment of our Crate Diggers series takes us inside the record collection of the DJ, producer, label boss to find out if there really is nobody darker than Andrea Parker. . 📷: @michaeljwilkin
Tom Furse – @tom_furse
Jase Ruff – @jaseruff
Florian – @nrmntsnd
Paul O. – @theconservativeclgn
Anna Pirkola – @annapirkola
Maybe it’s a little unfair to include Haruki Murakami’s 10,000 strong jazz collection in this list? Well, heck… it was our favourite collection to be featured in 2015 hands-down (and from the response I think many of you agreed). Take the interactive tour of Murakami’s collection here to see what we mean.
Acclaimed author (and one-time owner of a small Tokyo jazz bar) Haruki Murakami recently gave a digital tour of his office, and boy is it impressive. According to Haruki, "There are about 10,000 vinyl records; I haven’t counted the CDs. These records here are mostly jazz. I almost always work listening to music."
Want more great photos of records? Here are the 15 record collectors you should follow on Instagram.