Pisto is one of the funniest collectors out there. Always in for a laugh and a chuckle. Great ear too. Doesn't follow trends and does his thing, no F's given. Love that. Before we dive into our chat I also want to put out there, for the ladies reading (especially curvy Swedish blondes with a passion for comic books), that Pisto doesn't just know how to fiddle your love strings with proper tunage and make you laugh; he's a good cook, knows how to make spicy cocktails and is possibly one of the most admirable father figures around. Read on...
Luis Gomez aka Pisto aka Silverfox. No claim to fame here. Done a few radio shows and played a few bars all for fun (and beers).
When did you start collecting records?
Started buying records when I was about 16. Just random soul music because I would hear my older brother playing mix tapes of songs i didn't know so any time I would hit the flea markets or thrift stores I was hunting for soul records.
Do you remember your first ever record?
I don't recall the first record i got but i do recall the one that got me really going. It was gifted to me by my friend Sam and was the O'Jays album "Back On Top". So many good songs and covers, i had to keep finding more music like that.
Is there a song you get especially melancholy by? One that hits you straight in the heart?
There's two songs that really move me deeply. One is "Have I Sinned" by Donnie Elbert. As a youngster i remember all the OG's had that tattooed on them. My brother was one of them. He passed away so after i got that tattoo on me in his memory and that of his favourite song. It hits a nerve when i hear it now. The other is "Sunday" by George Kerr. It almost makes me shed tears each time I hear this. Loved the song always but when my fiancee passed away in car accident this song just hit a different place in my heart. So these two are definitely the songs that still impact me to this day.
Tell us a bit about your collection?
I'll be honest not sure when it comes to my collection i'm not so organised lol. Kinda chaotic. I got stuff everywhere from my house, shed, storage and other peoples houses lmao.
Haha! With you on that one. Any songs you are tired of hearing? Played to death?
Songs i'm tired of are played out songs. Honestly, when i got in to collecting records it was to hear stuff i never heard or i couldn't hear on the radio every Sunday. There's nice, good classic songs but i don't want to hear them anymore. That's just me. The excitement of hearing a killer soul song i never heard before is exhilarating on the other hand.
What's on the Pisto wants list?
My wants... Damn bro, i can fill a universe with my list lol. One on top of my head is Satans Breed "Road Runner". Killer record but also way out of my price range.
Uptempo, I like it. Where do you get your records from? Online or outdoors?
I'm buying stuff anytime i can go digging. Anyplace, anywhere i see vinyl. But i also do a lot of online. Find most of the good stuff online because out here in California it has dried up and hard to find anything great in the field. It does happen and i pick cool stuff up but nothing significant yet this year.
Collecting deep and sweet soul records has become quite popular globally over the last years while before it was limited to certain regions or subcultures. How do you feel about that? What do you think about the state of the scene?
For me it ain't as fun as it used to be, prior to social media, because i had no idea there was a scene besides the few guys i knew we're putting out comps like Nick Aguirre from Soulful Thangs and the homies Vic and Sleeps from Gangsters Dedications. I was buying their CD's, they put out major heat. Now, i think it's all DJ's, not so much collectors and they will buy anything just to fill their boxes. There's also these guys with deep pockets that can blow away somebody who's been collecting for years just cuz they got the means to. It's sad but there's also a lot of stuff they don't know about and i'll take all those cheap 45s. But ya, i've seen prices on a lot of 45s that baffle me because they are overpaying but i won't be the fool.
Any cool record related stories to share before we call it a day?
Not many cools stories while digging or djing i can recall besides catching a good old buzz and seeing some hot girls. A win win in my humble opinion.
Haha! Alright, let's close with your top 10 current plays?
Vee "The Makings of You"
Billy Young &His Firebird Ensemble "Still My Life Through"
Al Wilson "Poor Side of Town"
The Enchanted Five "Darling I Need You Now"
Ronnie Walker "On and On"
Hillary Mcginnis & The Electrostats "Weak As You Want To Be"
Prince Royals "Circle of Life"
Keni Lewis "Ain't Gonna Make It Easy"
Emanuel Laskey "Just The Way I Want Her To Be"
Flaming Embers "Just Like Children"
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