Every record collection tells a story. That's why we are thrilled to introduce our Curators -- vinyl lovers from the world of music who want to share their passion, their stories, and their recommendations with you. Discover exclusive interviews and album picks from musicians, producers, audio engineers, DJs, and journalists, including the folks below...
Many words have been used to describe Henry Rollins: Punk rock icon, journalist, actor, author, DJ, and even “Renaissance Man”, but if he could be reduced to a single word, it would be “workaholic”. Since his formative years in the Washington DC punk scene, Rollins has kept up a relentless schedule, from recording and touring as the frontman for Black Flag and Rollins Band to traveling the world as a performer, writer, and activist. Rollins displays his insatiable passion for music in his weekly radio show on L.A.’s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW. As an avid record collector and analog devotee, Rollins carries a deep appreciation for the sonic and cultural qualities of vinyl.
Legendary audio engineer Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton is most known for his work behind iconic musicians including Jay Z, Beyonce, Alicia Keys and more. His deep history as a DJ and producer have helped him shape the sound of worldwide hits for nearly twenty years. A lifelong educator at heart, Guru served as the official Artist-in-Residence at USC’s Thornton School of Music where he oversaw the creation of its first-ever Music Production Degree. Guru’s ability to communicate complex technical terms, not only to artists but students, creatives and business professionals alike, has led to his reputation as the foremost leader bridging the gap between hip-hop and the tech community.
Don Was is one of music’s most significant artists and executives. As the President of Blue Note Records since 2011, Was is both the company’s leader and an ambassador for its music – he is charged with expanding the label’s roster of contemporary musicians to larger audiences and acting as caretaker for Blue Note’s historic catalogue and its 75-year legacy. As an acclaimed and successful producer, Was has been honored with Grammy Awards for his production work in each of the past three decades: In 1989 for producing Bonnie Raitt’s breakthrough classic Nick Of Time, in 1994 for his work with artists ranging from The Rolling Stones to Willie Nelson to Roy Orbison, and in 2009 for his production work on Ziggy Marley’s Family Time. In the past decade alone, Was has worked with such artists as The Rolling Stones, Gregg Allman, John Mayer, Aaron Neville, Neil Diamond, and French superstar Johnny Hallyday. Albums produced by Was have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide.
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- Henry Rollins (musician, writer)
- Young Guru (audio engineer, DJ)
- Don Was (producer, president of Blue Note Records)
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