The Vinyl Fair started with a spin this year, with hundreds of records bought, sold and traded. In the words of founder, Wayne Stathakis, “All dealers confirmed they spent their December gathering new stock for the opening event… the lack of tanned faces amongst the dealers will testify to this!”
Chatter from the crowd of collectors last Sunday confirmed that vinyl stock was exceptional, and that they’d be back in March for more.
We interviewed Wayne to discover why vinyls make his heart skip a beat, like they do.
Where did your passion for vinyl records come from?
I was very fortunate to grow up in a musical household. My father is one of the biggest vinyl collectors in the country so, as you can imagine, we permanently had records spinning in our household.
Why did you start the Vinyl Fair?
I want to expose as many people as possible to the art of collecting and listening to vinyl. There is no better feeling than finding that one gem at a car boot sale, and then rushing home to listen to the album from start to finish. The sound associated with vinyl is so unique it has outlasted the 8-track, cassette tape and CD.
I also noticed a gap in the market – there is a major demand for vinyl! I was given access to a great venue, Sir James van der Merwe, I knew all the vinyl dealers who were keen to sell their LPs, and my personal collection had reached a point where a cull of sorts was necessary.
What do you consider the most important record in your collection?
It has to be an album called “Afreaka” by a band called Demon Fuzz. It was one of my first purchases after meeting my now wife. Listening to Afreaka always reminds of the beginning stages of our relationship with my wife and the excitement I felt. It’s also an epic album!
If you had a pick a soundtrack for your life what would it be?
1. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a prayer
2. Bruce Springsteen – I’m on Fire
3. The Cure – Lullaby
4. Joy Division – Love will tear us apart
5. Pet Shop Boys – Domino Dancing
6. Whitesnake – Here I go again
7. The Smiths – Panic
8. Journey – Faithfully
And the list goes on… (An impossible question to ask a music lover!)
How many vinyls do you personally own?
My collection is roughly 2 000 LP’s strong (post cull)
What was the last vinyl you purchased?
U2 – Rattle and Hum
What vinyls are you constantly on the look out for?
I am obsessed with anything alternative from the 80’s, especially if the LP is an original pressing. My favourite bands from this era include The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Joy Division, Bauhaus, Jesus and Mary Chain. Condition is everything when it comes to vinyl so finding any of these in excellent condition is very difficult or a “challenge” as government would be put it.
If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
Fruit Loops – everybody loves Fruit Loops
Wayne will be hosting a South African Vinyl Fair later this year. His hope will attract national and international exposure to South Africa’s vinyl revival.
The Vinyl Fair takes place the first Sunday of every month at Sir James van der Merwe, 6 Desmond Street, Kramerville from 10am.