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Name: Simone Baksheeff

Location: Sydney, Australia

Size of collection: Well over a thousand 7″ singles and LPs combined.


What started your interest in music?

Spent the early part of my working career as a graphic designer, then gave it up a few years ago and now currently work as a bartender.

I’ve always had a fascination with music ever since I can remember. The first song I was obsessed with at the age of four was “Friday On My Mind” by the Easybeats, I played it on repeat for days.

 

How long have you been collecting?

Been collecting since early teens, for just over twenty years ago. I starting out by buying my first record, a copy of Never Mind The Bollocks because the store I was in didn’t have a copy on CD. I loved the larger sleeve artwork, it’s like a piece of art itself and the ritual of putting the record on and being completely engrossed in it.

 

What does your collection mean to you?

My collection is my most prized possession, but feel it’s never going to be complete because I love discovering new music and will always have a want list.

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 check a couple local record stores at least once a week on the way to work and when planning a holiday, with my very understanding partner, I always mark out a few stores to visit while there.

 

I try to keep my records to a minimum, about the amount I have now. I trade things I’m no longer interested in and upgrade to better copies, it’s mainly due to a lack of space. If I have the money and it is something I’ve always wanted I will pay it. I do prefer original first pressing but can’t always afford them. Not overly keen on coloured vinyl but there as some amazing coloured presses that have been released over the years though.

 

What’s your comfort record, the one you can always go back to?  What makes it so special?

My comfort records are probably all released in the late eighties and nineties. Things I remember listening to in my bedroom as a kid like Ramones self-titled album, The Smiths, Sonic Youth and Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged album. They’re all bands I always go back to.

 

Any tips for other record collectors out there?

For people that don’t, please look after your records, if not for you for me, I might be buying them one day. Join Discogs and catalog your collection, at some point you start to forget what you have purchased or pressing you have and it saves on doubling up on albums. And for newer collectors out there on YouTube, vinyl is already plural.

To view more photos of his collection, please follow him on Instagram