Rich is another of the many collectors from LA I follow on Instagram. Love his feed a lot. He's really serious and passionate about the music. What I love even more is his Mixcloud page featuring a gang of nicely crafted mixes that have taken me through many boring office days. The guy is a wicked selector. Always wanted to know a little bit more about this nice collector so happy he was willing to answer some questions. Let's go.
Name is Richard Galvez also known on instagram as Rich Soul or simply “Rich” in person. I’m from the Northeast side of Los Angeles. A 26 year-old “new-ish” collector with the intent to show that it’s never too late to begin collecting if you’re really passionate about it. I am fortunate enough to have been invited as a guest Dj at major soul events and shows throughout the years which has also allowed me to be a part of music projects with dope homies and veteran collectors. I’ve only been deeply collecting for a few years but I’m proud of what I’ve been able to put out as far as mixes and showcasing lost music to people who don’t normally listen to this kind of music.
Tell us how you got started with collecting soul records?
The official collecting bug bit me about 3-4 years ago but the history of records has followed me since I was a kid. My dad was a huge fan of music in general so naturally he collected records, CD’s and cassette tapes picking them up at yard sales and record stores. My fondest memories with him are the ones where he would take me to Amoeba and I just remember being blown away with the selection of music they had. He was the one who introduced me to gangsta rap, R&B and all the classic oldies when I was young. One time I remember is when he almost beat the shit out of me because he caught me practicing my Dj “scratching” skills with one of his records. Haha, man, was he pissed but luckily the two I practiced on weren’t ruined and that was definitely the end of my short Dj'ing career. As far as the rare soul 45s that wasn’t until recently. CDs and YouTube weren’t cutting it for me anymore so I decided it was time to get the physical copies and it hasn’t stopped ever since.
What the first record you ever bought?
Tying into the story with my pops I remember him taking me to a record store when I was 12/13 and he told me to grab whatever records I wanted so I ended up picking out 3 LPs: a Notorious BIG single, a Pharcyde single and a LL COOL J single. Totally different genres but man my taste in music was everywhere haha. I guess, technically I didn’t buy them, he did, but they were my first official records I was able to say were mine.
What’s that one song that moves you the most? The one that hits you straight in the heart?
A classic song that I know hits me deep In the feels is Brenton Wood’s “I Like The Way You Love Me“. I remember middle school days just jamming to this being at house parties drinking. Brings back a lot of memories for sure. In the class of rare soul I have to choose “Put The Hurt On You” by Inner Soul, a killer Bay Area 45. The vocals, the lyrics and that percussion just hits hard.
How many records do you own and how do you organise it all if any?
I have a couple hundred LPs, mostly hip-hop and the upwards of 1K 45 records. Would’ve had more if had 15+ years of collecting under my belt haha. Nothing is organized besides maybe by genre I have separate boxes/cases for the Latin, Reggae, etc.
Any records are you done with, and can never put on again? Played to death?
Top 3 for sure:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday “There Must Be Something”
The Chimes “Beginning Of My Life”
And The Vals “Stepping Out With My Memories”
Not over-exaggerating when I say they get played out so much here. I’m over them.
What's on the wants list Rich?
My close homies know my wants. We’ll leave it at that. They know and thats all that matters to me. Ha! But I will say one... The Overtones “Gleam In Your Eye”. Missed it twice. Won’t happen a third ;)
Where do you prefer to get your records from? Do you search in the field (stores, flea markets, yard sales, etc.) or online? Or both?
I prefer getting records off homies that will cut you a deal and aren’t tryna squeeze every last dollar out of you. Those have been my best purchases. I try to hit flea markets, yard sales and whenever I’m out of town I make the time to hit as many record stores or thrift shops as I can. Even though it’s frustrating going through piles and spending countless hours to not find anything, I love the hunt. Especially when you find $50 records for under $10. When that’s not happening it’s same as everyone else... eBay, Discogs and Instagram. Always hitting that refresh button lol.
You mentioned Brenton Wood’s “I Like The Way You Love Me“ earlier. Is there another record you get melancholy by, that reminds you of a certain period of your life?
"Giving Up On Love" by Little Jr. Jesse & His Teardrops. Doesn’t really remind me of a negative point in my life but it does remind me of when I was living in San Antonio, Texas. Definitely miss being out there.
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?
I can’t speak on how the record scene was back in the day because I’ve only known how it’s been since I started but even then it’s changed drastically. There will always be answers on both side of the spectrum... both good and bad... but it is nice to see the younger crowd vibing to soul music at bars and seeing their reaction when actual vinyl is being played. You can always separate the true soul heads from the ones who do it for the attention. Few years from now they’ll be the ones getting rid of the collection and I’ll be PayPal ready lol.
Can you share a cool story while looking for records or deejay’ing?
I remember being at the homie Jason’s radio show when he had a veteran collector playing. He cued up Carol Chandler’s “Time Hasn’t Changed You”. I caught glimpse and told him I was after that 45 for sometime. He must’ve seen my excitement for it because he was like Oh man this my spare copy, I got my other at home. Once I’m done playing you can have it. Blown away I couldn’t believe it. We had just met and he was giving me a record for free... just like that. One of my most exciting days getting a record for sure. Keeper In the box indefinitely.
That's love. Before we call it a day let us know your top 10 records currently in heavy rotation?
Rickey Vee and The Stardusters “T’Aint No Big Thing”
Little Henry Lee “Only To Be Hurt”
Brothers of Soul “Can’t Get You Off My Mind”
Tiaras “Where Does All The Time Go”
Bobby Guajardo Y Su Orchestra “Sabor A Mi”
Richard Merritt “It’s Never Too Late”
Enchanted Five “Your Love Comes Slower Than Never”
Richie Cee “Games Too Cold”
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