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Name: Adam Klein AKA Guzzofunk
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Size of collection: Approximately 2100 LP's and about a hundred 45's
Tell us a bit more about yourself:
I was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley just outside of Los Angeles. I now live in the city and work as a TV producer to support my record collecting habit. I occasionally spin at a bar or club but I'm far more a collector than a DJ.
What started your interest in music?
I grew up between two worlds, My parents were both born deaf and by relation fell I into being a part of their deaf community, meanwhile my friends and neighbors loved playing the radio and whatever cassettes or CD's they had. through them I was immersed in a healthy diet of hip-hop and r&b. I don't have an exact moment I can remember as the point that I fell in love with music but it was more than likely happened while hanging out at one of the neighborhood kids homes or hearing something blare from the windows of cars driving by. Music was such a curiously and not something I got from inside the house and I always wanted more.
How long have you been collecting?
I've been collecting albums and 45's for about fifteen years now. I began in college when I started working in a record store that sold used vinyl. Soon I went from trying to have all the new hip-hop CD's to trying to have all the records with samples used to make those tracks.
What does your collection mean to you?
My collection is very important to me, I've derived so much pleasure from listening to specific tunes and tracking down original copies of these tracks, I've spent more time with this hobby than any other in my life; It's a passion.In order to get more records I have taken trips out of state, gave lists to people going to other countries, and stayed up overnight just so I can be the early bird and get the best chance at the morning swap meets to look through a dealers freshly stocked vinyl.
My collection is a sentimental breakdown of my tastes and whims through the years and many of these records I've acquired can connect me to a story about either the music, or the reason I bought them.
How has record collecting affected other areas of your life?
It's definitely shaped things for better and for worse. I've certainly chose where I lived thinking about where I can best house my collection, I've pushed myself to have better jobs so I can afford both more and higher quality LP's. I'm also sure I've had a few ex-girlfriends that would say the records were definitely a factor in why we didn't work out, but hey, the records and I seem to be a combo package!
Do you have a record collecting philosophy? A price you won’t pay, maybe, or a total number of records you won’t go past. Do you buy reissues?
I don't have a price ceiling but I don't want to spend a huge amount on an album unless it's original and I can listen to it without wanting to skip tracks. I try to buy records that I can sit with with from start to finish. I'm not into keeping one trackers unless that track has some really special meaning to me. I usually do a laundry fold test, where if I can't fold laundry to it without wanting to pick up the needle than the LP ain't worth keeping.
In terms of the amount of records I have, I keep my collection at a fixed number but over time that fixed number keeps raising up little-by-little. Usually if I place an album in my collection I look to take another album out that I don't seem to listen to. Keeping the number of albums I have manageable is important.
What’s your comfort record, the one you can always go back to? What makes it so special?
Certain records evoke certain moods. If I just want to relax on a cold day any Townes Van Zandt will do, Sunday mornings feel like a time for gospel or Curtis Mayfield, and I love to cook with Bobby Hutcherson playing in the background. All those artists just put so much of themselves into their albums and its so easy to just mellow out when you hear them coming through the speakers.
Any tips for other record collectors out there?
Do your best to not let outside forces form your first opinion of anything you hear. I find serious pleasure in hearing something without someone else's negativity or hype coloring my thoughts. I've loved music that may not be everyone's cup of tea, and those particular records in my collection are what make it unique to me.
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