I started collecting music when I was really tiny, probably early elementary school. I started by “borrowing” cassette tapes from my parents, and after my dad showed me how to use our stereo to record music from the radio, I started making my own tapes. I have to say that for an 8 year-old, I had a very impressive collection of R.E.M. mixes and random Australian music -- pop rock, aboriginal, you name it. Eventually, I caught up with the times and moved on to CDs. When I was in high school, I could usually be found after class or during lunch at the Virgin Record store in Union Square looking for new music.
It’s hard to believe that the store is now gone -- along with Tower Records, Other Music, and countless others -- and I can still picture every aisle of Virgin perfectly. Most of my time was spent in the rock and electronic sections, and whereas I was pretty deliberate with my rock music choices (there was a lot of Snow Patrol), I was more adventurous with the electro stuff. Usually I went for albums with covers or titles that I liked, or mixes with a couple names that I recognized. That’s how I discovered German electronic musician Ulrich Schnauss.Read More