Growing up as a kid of the 90s listening along to my parents vinyl collection, I learned to appreciate the act of attentive listening. I’d pour over the extra large artwork, turn over the sleeves, squint at the liners, but I’d be there. Right there. Just listening.
It was like making friends. You’ve found someone you really connect with and just want to learn what’s they’re all about. This was where my tastes, and more importantly my appreciation of music began to take shape.
The ritual of turning over sides, learning how to clean the vinyl…immersed in the interaction with the physical form of the music I could feel so deeply – it all made a powerful impact.
After college, in the mid-aughts and after much digital distraction, I decided to stick around Athens, GA and become a part a the local music scene. This of course included manys trips to Wuxtry and Schoolkids (R.I.P.) record stores. It was here my love for vinyl remerged and soon I began collecting and connecting with other collectors.
But something was missing.
After years of collecting it occurred to me it sure would be nice if there was a resource that could spotlight a great record, but also show collectors what records and artists to check out next. Think of it as ‘You may also like’ but with an actual human touch. Like a library’s reference desk all your own.
And so, after beginning with artist-curated selections, Keepers was born and became the club that shows you were to go next.
– Matt (Summer 2017)