On our Blog we have a new Feature where we will ask artists, colleagues and friends about their connection to vinyl. We already have nice interviews lined up and more than happy to start with Anna Wall. Anna is a DJ and Producer and one we really admire. Her pure energy , being authentic while playing and her music selection makes her special to us! As a resident of Londons Club Fabric, be sure she has something to tell!
My Vinyl Life – Anna Wall
1. So I guess we should go back to the beginning and ask at what age did
your relationship with a vinyl record begin and how did it happen ?
I first became obsessed with turntablism back when I was into hip hop in my early teens. I’d watch all the DMC scratch championships in complete awe at the skills. The first time that I remember putting a needle on a record was when I was 16; my sister’s boyfriend collected garage vinyl. I became obsessed and then when I was 19 I bought two technics and a mixer plus a whole garage/d&b/jungle collection. I still have that set of turntables and I never looked back.
2. How do you like to keep your records at home ? type of shelving ? are
the records filed in any order (genre, artist) ? do you use any
additional protecting sleeves for certain records ?
I have this amazing shelving unit for my wax that my incredibly talented friend Natalia Latyszonek custom built for me. It’s so beautiful. It has dividing sections too, which is great as I like to organise via genres and subgenres where possible. I try to keep all my records in protective sleeves too as they’re also good for on the road too.
3. How do you find yourself buying records at the moment ? online or
physical store ? and how many vinyl promos to get nowadays ?
I’m still somewhat a Discogs addict with hundreds in my wantlist and always on the hunt. I also love to support my local record stores, this is very important to me. I love digging when I’m abroad, discovering new record stores and music that way too. Vinyl promos I am always incredibly grateful to receive :)
4. How many record bags do you take away each weekend currently ? have
you had any record bags go missing over the years ?
I have a UDG that I take as carry-on luggage; I try to do this instead of checking them in at airports as I’ve heard so many nightmares of them going missing!
5. Its well documented why you prefer to play vinyl and your love for it
but with the current situation we find ourselves in (plateauing sales
and the rise to prominence of CDJ’s & USB sticks) do you envisage vinyl
will be still be a way DJ’s play in nightclubs/venues in 10 years time ?
What are your thoughts on the future of vinyl ?
I know vinyl sales had a boom again throughout the pandemic and I am hearing of vinyl only labels that are really thriving this year which gives me faith. I think it’s such a loved and treasured medium that I hope it will always have a place with us.