An avid record collector since the mid-90s, YouTuber Shawna (aka vinylxdenim) hosts a weekly vlog to showcase her vast collection of 7″s. We caught up to chat inspirational women, the record stores of Orange County, and the albums she’ll be buying in 2018…
When and how did you get into collecting vinyl?
I started collecting vinyl around 1995/1996, that’s about the time I started going to shows. I would buy records at the shows or go to record stores such as Vinyl Solution and Bionic Records. Unfortunately I stopped collecting for many years and was strictly buying CDs, but I never sold the records I had bought in the 90’s.
Tell us more about your YouTube channel…
I was really nervous at first, as you can tell from the videos! But I started 7″ Sunday because some people on Instagram had mentioned that they would like to hear more about the records I was posting pictures of. I have a lot of random 7″s so I thought it would be cool to give a little info about them and play a song or two and hopefully expose people to some music they haven’t heard before. It’s been fun and I’ve got a great response so far.
Which women in music inspire you?
It’s a good time for women in music right now. I’ve never seen so many women in bands as I have in the past year, especially in the hardcore/punk and metal scene. It’s really great to see more women present in the bands and not just in the audience. I’m all over the place when it comes to genres but I’m currently listening to these bands with women: Windhand, Electric Wizard, Phantogram, Code Orange, Chelsea Wolfe, Milk Teeth, Ladytron, Beyonce, and many more…
Where do you love to go record shopping?
I live in Orange County, California and my go-to record shops are Bionic Records, Port of Sound, Programme, Burger Records, Dr. Strange [and] Radiation. I’m spoiled, there are a lot of good ones around me.
If you could visit any record store in the world, which would you choose?
Limited To One in New York is on the top of my list right now. They have a stellar collection of rare records that I drool over daily on Instagram.
Which albums are you most excited about in 2018?
So many great albums just came out at the tail end of 2017 like Quicksand, Glassjaw, and Queens of the Stone Age so I can only hope that 2018 will be just as promising! Right now I’m looking forward to hearing the new American Nightmare album coming out in February. I’ll just keep crossing my fingers for the release of a new Fugazi album.
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