Home Grown: A collection of Iranian and Bollywood disco in Brooklyn

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Name: Aka Suga

Location: Brooklyn, NYC

Instagram: @akasuga

# of records (approx.): 2000 LPs, a few hundred 45s ordered alphabetically and by genre.

How long have you been collecting for?

Around 14 years. My parents had a small record collection in Japan, mainly soul and funk, that kind of stuff. When I came to the US I started collecting and developing my own taste, and it just grew from there.

What part of your set-up are you most proud of?

I like having my records in my studio. They used to be in the living room but they took up too much space so I moved them to my studio, which was the best thing I could have done because now I’m surrounded by inspiration. If I’m in a creative slump I can just reach for a favourite recording and the creativity starts flowing again.

What record(s) are you most proud of?

It’s hard to say because I love different records and genres for varying reasons. I did acquire a collection of rare Googoosh 45s that are really something special and my Bollywood section took quite some time to compile. That said I carry immense pride in the fact that our record label (Good Find Records) has reissued the obscure Nigerian afro-funk classic My Love is For You by the Super Wings. This means a lot to me for both personal and professional reasons.

What does your record collection mean to you?

It’s a physical library that’s constantly changing and evolving. It can create a mood. Take me to a time and place, help pay my rent (laughs) and educate my soul.

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