Eilon Paz of Dust & Grooves travels around the world meeting and photographing record collectors and their collection. A Dust & Grooves book is in the works, and the website is going strong. Paz met up with Egon recently, and has published an extensive interview and a streamable mix highlighting selections from his collection – excerpt below. See, read, listen to the full feature at Dust & Grooves
Q: What was your first album? How did you get it? At what age? Can you describe that feeling?
A: My first album – i.e. album that I went out and purchased on my own – was either George Harrison “Cloud Nine,” Beastie Boys “Licensed To Ill,” The Police “Synchronicity,” or DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince’s “He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper.” But I remember singles – “Wipeout” by the Fat Boys; “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol; “Pump Up The Volume” by MARRS. I remember, back then, as I do now, I felt overwhelmed by one aspect of each of those records – as corny as most of them are – and I remember listening to specific songs over, and over, and over again. The first 12” single that I remember searching out was “Mr. Scarface.” That was on MLK Day, 1991. I remember the day as Metro North ran this “free train fare from New Haven to Manhattan” special, and I convinced my Dad to take me from Manhattan to Brooklyn to seek out that 12” at a store I’d found that stocked it. I also got him to take me to Spike Lee’s store where I dutifully bought a Malcom X hat and did my bit to market his forthcoming movie.
Q: Tell me how your passion for vinyl has affected your professional life.
A: I got my job at Stones Throw due to my record collecting – it’s how I met up with Peanut Butter Wolf, how I impressed him (well, partially how I impressed him) into giving me a job, it’s how I befriended Madlib, DOOM and Dilla (initially) and how I was able to start Now-Again. It made everything possible for me, and I never forget that – which is why I never, ever, stop looking for new (old) records. I’m very conscious of this passion of mine which has given me everything that I’ve ever wanted.
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