Collector Interview: Sareet

Posted on May 25 2020

Our next interview features the collection of Vermont music lover Sareet. "I'm a former radio disc jockey turned interior designer and food photographer. Video killed the Radio Sar decades ago, so now I just spin for my own pleasure."

Sareet uses a set of custom artist record dividers and genre dividers stored in a credenza from CB2. She also loves Luno furniture. Sareet has a U-Turn Orbit, and shares, "I just got my (first) set of Koeppel Design record dividers to organize my fave discs, which I keep in a beloved Waam Industries wooden crates. How has it changed my experience? They are design porn! I think an appreciation of good design compliments an appreciation of good music. It becomes a fully sensory experience."

Read on to learn more about Sareet's collection!

Size of your collection:
It's not the size that matters, right? :) It's gotten smaller over the years with moves, but that's okay as I am already maxing out on space.

How do you organize your collection?
Hmmm, that changes with me. I used to have a system like "Mood Swings" "Eurotrash" "Breakup Songs" "Dance Party." My swank new record dividers have me catagorising as The Cure, Morrissey, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Post Punk, Synthpop + Everything Else, because let's face it, that's what it really boils down to with me. The Everything Else category stays alphabetical, by first name because OCD!

What album/artist are you listening to right now?
Talk Talk's The Party's Over. Been my fave record since I was nine, and the album art had a profound influence on my artistic sensibility. Since Mark Hollis' passing, that record has been on high rotation. I'll never tire of it, and songs like Hate still get me in the gut.

How does your record collection make you feel?
Nostalgic, understood, accepted. With music so accessible these days, it's satisfying to be able to engage in the hunt again. That used to be the exciting thing with collecting. Kids these days...

Favorite favorite artist in your collection:
New saw that coming, right?! Though Prince would probably up there too. Hmmm, can we order dividers in Purple? :)

Best album to listen to when you’ve had a rough day/week:
Singer/Songwriter Cary Brothers. He writes hauntingly beautiful songs, and his honeyed voice soothes my soul in seconds.

Best album to listen to when you just really want to feel good:
The Decemberists, I'll Be Your Girl. I know, it's lyrically quite dark, but when you are raised on The Cure and The Smiths dark = happy.

Last record you purchased:
Do I have to be honest here? The Miami Vice Soundtrack. Shhhh!

What is your beverage of choice when listening to records?
Venetian Ginger Beer, a local Vermont craft beverage, occasionally mixed with Barr Hill's Tom Cat Gin.

Where do you hunt for vinyl?
@burlingtonrecords when in Burlington, Vermont. It feels like the record store you grew up with. My other fave used to be Minus Zero in London, just off Portobello, but sadly they closed up shop a few years shy of the vinyl revival. Legendary place, rumored to be inspiration for Hornby's High Fidelity. 

Oldest record in your collection:
Original 1982 warped copy of 45 of Blondie's Dragonfly/Island of Lost Souls, that still plays.