Every month, from here on out, we’ll be naming one lucky reader as our Record Collector Of The Month. This month, the distinction went to Manuel Stanislao, a 27-year-old collector who resides in Varese, Italy (near Milan). He’s amassed a collection of 2,000 total music items (vinyl, CDs and boxsets) since he began to buy records in 1999. He’s considered himself a true collector since 2005.
What was the reason you got into vinyl in the first place?
In 1998 I started to listen to dance music and I put myself into the world of DJs. I still remember the first vinyl I bought, “Tanzen EP,” from Gigi D’Agostino, a triple vinyl now very hard to find even on eBay.
Since you’re from Italy, what is the market like for records in your country? Do you find yourself ordering from the United States in certain cases or do you have a marketplace to get whatever you want in Italy?
The situation for records in Italy is quite rough. Usually you have to pay €21 ($28) for a new release on CD. Unfortunately, there’s not the same music culture like the UK or the United States, and it’s very hard to find a good record store that sells vinyl and stuff imported from Japan or the U.S.
I usually prefer to buy records through independent stores on the Internet or eBay, but every year I do have the chance to go to London to buy lots of records. I can confirm that there’s an abyss between British and Italian music stores.
2,000 records is quite the collection. Do you find yourself running out of storage space at times?
Indeed. Just two weeks ago i bought another bag to store dance records. I live in a small flat; you can imagine how hard it is to store everything.
About 400 of those records (CDs included) are from just Moby. What has made you a diehard fan of the artist?
My love for Moby was born after the release of “18” in 2002. I’ve always loved songs with vocal samples. Then I decided to explore his previous works and little by little I started collecting pretty much everything he has produced: CD, Vinyl, VHS, promo stuff and memorabilia.
I own some rare items like the master DVD of the single “I Love To Move In Here,” from the Abbey Road Studios and the promo box-set of “18,” which contains the album, the interview disc and a couple of postcards enclosed in a book-case.
Tell me a little bit about your most prized possessions. Where did you originally pick them up?
First up is U2’s “Best Of The Biscuit,” which is a U2 bootleg from my Uncle’s collection. Twelve years ago, he passed away and left me his complete U2 collection. It’s a double LP recorded live in Boston and broadcasted on ABC’s “Rock Radio Network.” It comes with a promo sheet and cue sheet.
Then, a couple of records from Jim Guthrie (pictured at the top), a talented musician from Ontario, Canada. “The Ballad Of The Space Babies” is the soundtrack from “Superbrother’s: Sword & Sworcery EP,” an epic videogame released last year. This is probably one the best records of 2011 and comes with an unique print from Cory Schmitz.
The other Guthrie record is called “Children Of The Clone,” which is limited to 300 and pressed on translucent purple vinyl.
And finally, I have two records from the “Guillemots” a multiracial band based in the UK. “I Saw Suck Things In My Sleep EP” is their first EP released in 2005. Here’s the 12″ test pressing and the commercial 10″ limited to 300 copies with a numbered postcard (different for each copy of the vinyl) and handwritten credits sheet.
Where do you see your vinyl habit going in the next couple years? Do you see yourself continuing to collect?
Definitely. I’m a music lover in the first place. I don’t know where the vinyl world will be going in the next few years, but I’m sure we will see some great stuff and collectible items for a long time!
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