Welcome to the fifteenth installment of our Meet the Audiophile Style Community series. All previous installments can be found here, in the series index.
Please send me a message, email, or telegram if you'd like to participate. The response so far has been wonderful. It ranges from hardcore audiophiles to those who are more interested in numbers and graphs, and even people in the industry are eager to participate. This series is all about getting to know everyone and sharing a bit about yourself that others will find interesting.
Thanks for participating. I look forward to publishing more of these in the coming weeks and months.
Thanks to Audiophile Style community member @Blake for participating in volume fifteen of this series. As always, I love reading this stuff even more than publishing it. I say to myself after reading each one of these, you guys are so much more interesting than me.
1. General area of the world in which you live?
Salt Lake City, Utah
2. General description of what you do or did for a living?
3. What are your hobbies?
Avid skier (I am fortunate to have 7 world class resorts within a 45 minute drive from my house 😍), rock climbing, golf, cycling, private pilot, doing slickrock Moab trails in my Jeep. Interests: music, film, modern art, modern architecture and furniture, typography and graphic art.
4. When did you start this wonderful journey into music listening?
Around 2000. One of my first clients after graduating from law school was Al Eckilson, owner of one of the greatest (unknown hidden treasure) brick and mortar audio shops I have ever seen, Primus Audio Pleasure in Kansas City, Missouri.
Here is an article about the shop: LINK
5. What was your first “album?"
Devo - "Duty Now For The Future".
6. What does your music collection look like, number of physical records, CDs, etc... and number of “favorited” albums streamed?
Currently around 300 CD's, 50 vinyl albums (I don't really listen to them anymore as I now almost exclusively stream, so I gave away most of my physical music collection). I have lots of streaming playlists with thousands of songs. I am constantly on the hunt for new music and artists. I mostly listen to lesser known, underground type electronic music (i.e. not the fist-bumping, cheezy DJ stuff like Skrillex... aka "brostep"), but I do mix it up with alternative, new wave, vaporwave, goth, and reggae/dub like King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, Basic Channel, etc.
7. What was your first audio component / stereo?
My first audio system was an "all-in-one" disco console that my dad won in a golf tournament, that he gave to me- a record player, 8-track, receiver and adjustable disco lights that would pulse to the beat of the music (I think it was the basically like the model pictured below).
Later in life, I basically had an assortment of boom boxes. Once I had enough money to move up from ramen noodles and peanut butter sandwiches I transitioned from a boom box to my first real system: Totem Arro speakers, Classe CA-100 Amp, Classe CP-45 Pre, YBA Integre CD player, Miller & Kreisel VX-100 Sub, purchased from my friend/client Al Eckilson at Primus Audio Pleasure.
8. Is there one component that you no longer have that you wish you wouldn’t have sold or that you wish you still had?
9. Is there one current component that you wish you had in your system?
10. How much time do you spend listening to music each week and on which systems does this listening take place (main system, car system, mobile system, office system, etc...)?
I was a new wave, punk, alternative scenester in my youth. First Concert: at the Indian Arts Center here in Salt Lake City (a Native American cultural center that would rent out a room with a stage to punk bands to make money), headliner: Black Flag! I was a young teen and had no idea what I was in for as I'd never been to a concert. Henry Rollins was a beast on stage.
Here is a YouTube video with someone showing off the unique transparent ticket for this show:
11. What’s the first concert you ever attended, best concert you’ve ever attended, most interesting concert venue you’ve ever attended?
Most Interesting Concert: I moved to London, England with some friends after high school and my friends and I went to this infamous 1985 concert by The Jesus and Mary Chain, where a riot ensued, bobbies showed up and shut it down. The atmosphere was bonkers.
Old video on YouTube about the show:
12. What components are in your current audio systems and can you provide a photo?
Various bits and bobs. At home I have a 2-channel set up in a dedicated audio room (I have a nice wife), and in my home office I have a separate headphone setup Office at Work: Desktop speakers/small sub.
13. Anything else you’d like to say?
have been a member here on AS since around the first year of its existence. Ah the old days!! We had a few real crazy characters participating back in the day. Anyone remember the member "prot" and his other-wordly DIY power cord experiments?