Dad, Husband, DJ and vinyl excavator. The man behind “Flea Market Funk”. Always Diggin’
April, a freelance writer and editor, has been part of the Dust & Grooves family since 2008, when she met Eilon on a friend’s couch in Brooklyn. She has written for The Boston Phoenix, The Brooklyn Rail, Idealist.org, Sarah Lawrence College, Medium, GOOD.is, Brokelyn, ioby, and Streetsblog, among many others.
Lily met Eilon while working at Tropicalia in Furs, the East Village record store where it all began. She interned at Truth & Soul before label-hopping over to Nonesuch where she now works in publicity. Born in London and raised in New York, she loves acting, dancing, music from the early ‘70s, and Brazil.
Sam is a struggling writer and ravenous record collector from Oakland, CA. She is also an excellent mix tape maker and, in an effort to keep the art alive, will always send you one if you ask. Her mix tapes have been featured at Mount Analog and Wombleton Records in Los Angeles. Above all, she loves sharing music, making friends and eating pizza.
Brian is an Art Director/Designer, DJ and record collector of 12+ years, husband and father based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sheila Burgel is a New York-based record collector, music journalist, and DJ on a mission to track down every single ’60s girl-pop 45 in existence. She is ridiculously psyched to be a part of team Dust & Grooves, where she writes and edits interviews with the world’s top-notch collectors.
Harriet Notman is a UK-based record collector, music junkie, avid gig-goer, and librarian. She spent her younger days interviewing bands and transcribing their wisdom, and joined the Dust & Grooves team when she came across a shout out on Facebook for a transcriber. She loves illustration, graphic design, and printing, particularly when it’s paired with album art and records.
Josiah is a record collector and writer. From country 78s to avant-garde jazz, from singer songwriters to disco, his record collection runs the gamut. His stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies. He lives with his wife and son in Minneapolis.
“Paz’ website, Dust & Grooves began as a labor of love but has become a worldwide phenomenon. Paz has gained access to the personal troves of well-known collectors from all over the globe, showcasing each collector as well as his or her collections.”
“Music has long been seen as a means to bridge divides and bring folks together and Paz began Dust & Grooves as a photo project at a particularly poignant time. ‘I had just arrived in New York from Israel and I had no friends or family here. I guess my urge to share images and stories with others was a way to overcome my loneliness in the big city,’ he says … a vast confederacy began to reveal itself.”
“There is something fascinating about people and their collections … the site has grown to a must-see destination for all vinyl nerds and those who love them.”
“Eilon’s photos capture the dedication record junkies have to their habits, but – important note, here – he manages to do it creatively and playfully, never letting the viewer forget that the pastime (okay, sickness) is actually fun.”
“Paz’s enterprise has engaged and connected the underground community of vinyl collectors—people as vibrant and vital to music history as the relics they collect.”
“In just four short years, he’s managed to chronicle the impressive stashes of over 30 collectors around the world, from his own backyard in Brooklyn, to far away destinations such as Ghana and Istanbul. Not bad for a project that started out of unemployment-derived boredom … No matter the size, Paz believes that showing collections is important, as it gives weight to the idea that there’s something worthwhile and meaningful about a physical record collection that’s lost in today’s digital world.”
“Dust & Grooves started out a few years ago as a personal project of Eilon Paz, interviewing and photographing a few record collectors and their vinyl. The photo essay expanded into the website dustandgrooves.com and now the project is expanding even further – perhaps with your help – into book form.”
“Dust & Grooves’ Eilon Paz wants to document every face of vinyl. Paz, a Brooklyn-based photographer and vinyl enthusiast, plans to travel across the country, telling the great American story through its vinyl collectors. Sounds like a great time.”
Dust & Grooves is not affiliated with any vinyl retail store from Chicago. We love them nevertheless.