We are very happy to announce the last publication of our WAX HUNTER series, SLAYER CARO, a prominent Instagramer from America, with Mexican roots and an incredible record collection full of all kind of Goodies.
In the last year, she has been gaining popularity among Social Media showing that not only she is into crate digging, but that she also has delicious taste and many good picks…
1.How did you became a record collector?
I think that as long as you have love for music, becoming a record collector will come to you very easy and natural. Which is what happened to me. I have always been a music junkie since a very early age and used to collect it in other different forms, but it wasn’t till about a couple of years ago that I discovered the love for vinyl. To start with, I would suggest to do research online: watch YouTube or other websites where you can get reviews on different turntables. Get familiar with how you should take care of your records, from how to clean methods to how to store them. Learning about different editions that a record can have (such as year, record label, original or reissue) will help you understanding what you have in your collection. My biggest advise would be to be open minded about music. One thing Vinyl has taught me is to explore all genres. I have discovered so much amazing music. That is probably one of my favourite things about being a collector.
2.Do you collect any specific music genre? Any Favourite Record Labels?
I listen to almost any genre, but Rock and HipHop have a special place in my heart. When it comes to rock, Tool, Marilyn Manson, Deftones and Alice in Chains helped me shaping my musical taste when growing up. Those are definitely my first loves. That love grew to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, and so many others. But then when I started collecting. HipHop opened my eyes to something much different but just as good. Erykah Badu, Guru, A Tribe Called Quest, 2Pac, JDilla, Nas, to name a few, pretty much blow me away every time I put their records on. From there, my love gravitated to those heartfelt oldies like Otis Retting, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Percy Sledge, Charles Bradley, Bobby Bland and the list goes on. As you can tell, I really can’t choose just one favourite genre (laughs), I just go with what makes me feel something. When it comes to record labels, Motown and Vertigo are such classics. For Current record labels I have to say Matador, because they publish my favourite female artist: Cat Power, and Sargent House, that publishes many talented musicians as well as another favourite of mine: Chelsea Wolfe. I would also like to include an upcoming record label from NY who I think will be huge in the future, Sound Evolution Music.
3.Which LP cover of your collection do you like the most? (Photo Required)
It would have to be Tool’s Lateralus. It’s not only so beautiful to look at but it has such a powerful meaning behind it. It was created by one of my favourite artists: Alex Grey. This artwork goes perfectly with the album, convenying so much about spiritual awakening and enlightenment. The core of this particular theme. The glossy glare, has a very nice and surprising touch. Since this is a gatefold, when you open it, the theme continues and ends in a beautiful picture disk. The beuty of the artwork of this album is endless, perfect inside and out.
4.What’s the rarest album in your collection?
It would have to be my Original Press of Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins on orange vinyl. Such a beautiful edition from such an amazing band. I also got some rare first editions, like Red Hot Chili Peppers debut album from the 80s, Foo Fighter’s debut album, and of course some by Muddy Waters that are very important for me and my husband. We honestly couldn’t believe it when we found them. It’s such a special feeling when we get to put these on. It’s almost like a little part of their history plays with them.
5.Where is the vinyl setup located in your house? What gear do you have?
Our set up is located in our living room, right next to our sofa, where we can either lay down or sit comfortably while listening to our records. In that same wall I have a pretty big display of my favourite albums. I can display up to 23 albums. I sometimes make a theme like colours, different genres, favourites or just random. It really is my favorite part of the house and it’s where I spend most of my day. 😊
6.What turntable do you have? Any additional gear?
Right now I have an Audio Technica LP120. I used to have an Ortofon 2M Red mounted on it, but just recently purchased the Ortofon 2M Bronze for a better sound quality. But because this cartridge is too powerful for the LP120, we decided to modify the turntable by removing the built in amplifier, and we added a V90-LPS amplifier by Musical Fidelity…the difference can be noticed from the first liten. We plan this to be a temporary set up, just until we can afford our dream TT, the REGA P6. This turntable will allow our Ortofon Bronze to show its full potential. Seriously, cannot wait! Finally, the TT is connected to a vintage Model Twenty Two Marantz and some vintage American Acoustics speakers.
7.If your house was burning and you could only save only one record from your collection, which one would it be?
This is such a difficult question (laughs). It would probably have to be my Antichrist Superstar, Limited Edition on red vinyl by Marilyn Manson. Not only that is my most expensive one, but it’s very hard to find. Most importantly though, I have a strong history with that album. It was a huge part of my teenage years and I’m just as in love with it now as I was back then.
8.If you could open a Record Store, what would the name be? What records would you sell?
I have actually thought of this before. It would be a dream to own a record shop where I can just talk music all day. I would name it BlueRecords haha and I would include a little bit of everything. From Rock, Psych, alternative to Hiphop, R&B, Soul, Funk and ending it with some Blues and Oldies.
9. What is your record purchase process?
The process I usually follow when purchasing records is pretty simple. I always try to look in my hometown first. When I’m there, I first look for a new and sealed record. If that is not an option and the record is open, I try to check in what condition the album is and I look for scraches on the vinyl and the sleeve condition. Another option I have is to look online if I cannot find a specific album here. I look on Amazon, Discogs, or Ebay. Here in El Paso there is a small but very nice group of collectors who sometimes either do trades or put some of their albums for sale. That’s an awesome way to shop as well. From one fellow collector to another.
-An album for a Road Trip?
Sublime – Sublime
– A tune that makes you dance like crazy?
You can read our series of interviews to Record Collectors HERE