Welcome to the 3rd interview in our brand new series, ‘Stories About Records’ where we ask our members and some of our favourite Djs about their most cherished 45.
This is not about perceived or discogs monetary value but personal value that is tied up in memories, stories, love, loss, life, family and a passion for this particular 7″ vinyl record.
We want to know what the record is, what it sounds like and why it is so important to you.
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Now to Mister Salt from the UK.
Firstly, tell us about yourself as a Dj and Collector of 45s, how long have you been playing and collecting, why 45s, what was the first 45 you were given and also the first 45 you bought? Do you still have them?
My name is Paul and DJ under the obvious name of Mister Salt.
I’ve been collecting 45s or as I used to call them back then “singles” for as long as I can remember.
The first I bought with my own money was “That’s All” by Genesis back in 1983.
Before I had any real desire to buy any turntables I can remember making compilation tapes with my singles. I would leave the tape running between switching records and turn the source to the detuned radio between songs to create some sort of segway.
So I was always into the idea of a “mixtape”.
The mixtape ideal is what led to me getting my first turntables in ‘89, I was starting to buy dance music on 12” though at that point and kind of left the 7” singles behind, on the shelf.
It wasn’t until 2/3 years ago that I really started to get back into 45s.
I was buying a lot of compilation LPs at the time and what really attracted me to playing 45s in my sets was the fact that you generally get one track each side, no messing about reading tiny script on the back of an album cover or counting the grooves on the record to find track 4.
With a 45 it’s there, out of the sleeve and on the deck, no messing.
It’s also a different technique to DJ with 45s. You have to be quick and pretty light of touch.
What is your most cherished 45? Why is it so important to you? What is it’s story (label, year, artist, musicians), where did it come from? Is the B-Side any good?
I’d say my most cherished 45 would have to be Sam Redmore’s acoustic takedown mix of “Is This Love?” by Bob Marley.
This is one that I don’t play but have framed on a wall at home.
The reason being that my wife and I chose this version of this song to be played at our wedding.
At the time I didn’t own the song on 45 and hunted it down after.
To this day it’s never been under the needle and will always be a mint condition, preserved memory!
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