The list of names globally who have spent thousands of hours digging through dusty crates to curate collections that preserve the lost history of music is not long.
One such respected name in global, rare groove record circles is Adelaide’s DJ Ocky.
The former Sons Of Fuzz record store owner has recently re-emerged with a new partner in crime, Denzal, selling their reputed and rare wares under the guise of Champ Record Sellers.
When did you start collecting and what got you interested in the first place?
I started collecting back in 1993; it was that beat and rhyme in rap music and hip hop culture that got me interested in vinyl in the first place.
Where are your favourite locations to shop for records?
Favourite locations would have to be Tokyo, Japan hands down! You can get anything and everything you ever wanted there.
Can you name the records in your collection that are your favourite and your most valuable?
It’s one and the same. One of my all-time most cherished is an Original Brazil press of Arthur Verocai self-titled LP from 1972. A record I thought I would never find or own and will never leave the collection.
How would you compare the vinyl culture in Adelaide to other locations around the world?
Record culture in Adelaide to other locations in the world for me is ok. I am so far away from Europe and the USA where the music I collect is from, so I have to travel to get what I really want.
What keeps driving you to grow your collection?
My personal collection ranges from late 1960s-'70s and early '80s. All original pressings when I can. For me it’s quality over quantity.