Borknagar, Solefald, and White Void vocalist Lars Nedland shares with us his incredible vinyl collection focusing on his favourite electronic music that has inspired his musical taste; Venetian Snares – Making Orange Things, Venetian Snares – Rossz Csillag Alatt Született, Bong-Ra – Monolith, Bong-Ra – 4 Adaptations Of Rossz Csillag Alatt Született, Igorrr – Baroquecore EP, Whourkr – 4247 snare drums and Cunt Kicker – Ladyscraper.
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We also fired a couple of questions to Lars regarding his love for collecting vinyl.
First things first, can you please give us a brief history of your vinyl collection? When you started? What got you started? What it is that makes vinyl so special?
I started collecting at a very young age. My father was a music journalist, so I grew up with a house filled with music. I started collecting tapes myself at eight, but switched to vinyl when I was around ten, I guess. I also switched to cds for a while when I was in my teens, but it didn’t take long until I found myself collecting both vinyl and cds.
I love the feeling of a complete work of art that a vinyl album gives me. So much effort goes into the different parts of recording the music, sequencing it for side a and side b, designing the cover and the packaging, deciding about the visual presentation of the band and the lyrics… A physical album contains so many more facets than streaming.
Now for the obvious question. What is your favourite record that you own?
I render your question moot! I cannot pick just one album, but I can name a few: Hybris by Änglagård, Dies Irae by Devil Doll, From Gagarin’s point of view by Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett by Venetian Snares, Red by King Crimson and the Emperor EP by Emperor.
With music consumption now so heavily happening via online streaming, even with the vinyl revival we have been seeing over recent years, do you think there is still plenty of life left for vinyl?
Yes, I do. People like collecting things, and music lovers seem to enjoy the different experiences that streaming and physical products give them. Vinyl collecting is probably going to get a bit more marginal because it seems that casual music listeners won’t invest in physical products the way they used to, but the dedicated music lovers will always lean towards physical albums, I think. There’s something about the connection to the music that feels stronger with an LP than a presentation screen in spotify.
Is there anything else you would like to see being brought back like vinyl has, such as Cassette tapes or VHS?
To me, it’s all about the music. I do most of my reading on a Kindle and I stream movies, but my music I want on physical formats. I have thousands of vinyl and cds and a jukebox filled with original singles from the from the fifties and sixties, but I only own about fifty tapes, mostly old metal demos. I still have a cassette player connected to my stereo, though, so I kinda like all the physical music formats I can get my hands on.