Saturday, June 9, 2012

Kevin Osmond from!

 Next up we have Kevin Osmond from Halifax Nova Scotia! Kevin makes some pretty interesting stuff from vinyl lps! He has a fair size collection and I think you will enjoy this interview!

Here we go!

Introduce yourself!

Name: Kevin Osmond

City/Town: Dartmouth, NS

Job: Certified Arborist

Hobby/Small Business: Recycled LP Records

Maritime Vinyl (MV) - What do you collect? Vinyl; CD’s; Cassettes; 8 tracks; bootlegs; music memorabilia; magazine; etc..:

Keving Osmond (KO) - Vinyl, CD’s, Music DVD’s, Cassettes, memorabilia

MV - Do you prefer one audio format more than others? (example: vinyl more than cd’s):

KO - I enjoy music, so as long as it sounds good, I’m not that picky between mediums. If I’m chilling at home, vinyl gets played, if I’m on the road, Satellite is king and if I’m in the woods it`s MP3’s or the radio.

MV - What is your favourite genre of music? Some of your favourite artists?:

KO - Hard rock/Alternative such as Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, Guns ‘n Roses, Iron Maiden, Metallica, QOTSA, Motley Crue, The Rheostatics and a good chunk of 70’s rock including Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, April Wine, Pink Floyd...

MV - How big is your collection?:

KO - Approximately 3000 lps, several hundred CD’s, tapes and MP3’s!


MV - Do you concentrate your collection on one or more artists in particular?

KO - I buy, sell and trade lps for my personal collection of 70’s and 80’s Rock, however I buy and take donations of any damaged or prolific lps for the purpose of recycling records into clocks, bowls and drink coasters that I also sell at record fairs and online through


MV - What is the first album you remember purchasing? Do you still have it?

KO - 1984 on cassette by Van Halen. “Jump” was huge back then and whenever I hear that tune, it brings me right back to stuff that was going on at that time. I still have it.

MV - What is your favourite item in your collection?

KO - Smashing Pumpkins – Gish lp, Metallica – Ride the Lightning lp

MV - Do you still actively collect or was this something you concentrated on in the past?

KO - I collect now more than ever before and having friends that are involved in organizing record fairs, spinning records, etc, helps with the hobby.

MV - What is your preferred way of adding to your collection? Shopping online? Flea Markets? Independent music stores? Etc… Any favourite store or websites?:

KO - Online, record fairs, private sellers

MV - How do you store your collection? Shelves? Boxes? Your attic?:

KO - Shelves and crates

MV – Does your significant other support your collection? Did you have to convince him/her?:

KO - My wife loves music too and also gets adrenalized when I come home with a new batch of lps!

MV - What is on your “wish list” at the moment?: Metallica and Pumpkins lps.

MV - Do you know any other collectors?:

KO - Yes. A couple of them got me into collecting vinyl and understanding the value of certain records.  

MV - You mentioned to me that you buy and sell records. Where do you do most of your business? Online? Record Store owner? Record Fairs?

KO - Record Fairs and private sellers, mostly.

MV - Do you find that it is getting more difficult to find record collections?:

KO - If you’re in the loop or searching locally online it’s fairly easy to find folks selling batches of lps.

MV - You also run a site at . Here you turn used vinyl records into bowls, coasters, clocks, etc.. Is there a big demand for these items?:

KO - They are catching on. Folks who played records and want a tangible piece of their musical past, but don’t necessarily want to rebuild their record collection are searching for everyday-use memorabilia. The clocks, bowls, record label and Indie coasters are equally popular and our newest addition, record sleeve notebooks are gaining steam. It is a niche market, but I am always racking my brains for new vinyl products that I can offer to a wider audience. And I always bring along a good batch of recycled record products to the record fairs too. See you all there.


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