Crate Diggers LA: Digging In With Record Seller mewinyoulose
Discogs sponsored Crate Diggers Record Fair makes its return to Los Angeles on October 14th, 2017, taking place once again at Lot 613! Crate Diggers is the ultimate event for record collectors, vinyl junkies, and music fans! The day begins with a record fair featuring 30+ vendors and 6 local DJs, then moves into an all-night after party featuring Danny Krivit, Ron Trent, and Zernell!
To gear up for Crate Diggers LA, we spoke with LA based DJ and Discogs record seller mewinyoulose, who will be selling records at the event.
What is your name and role?
My name is Josh McClintock and I run the mewinyoulose online store on Discogs.
When did you start selling records on Discogs?
I started selling on Discogs in 2015.
How did you get into selling music?
I uploaded my entire collection on to Discogs in 2013. Because I have so many rare records I began to get a lot of inquiries if I would like to sell certain records. At first I was like “No way!!” But one day I woke up, looked around and realized that the only piece of furniture in my room was my bed. LOL!!! The rest was all records and my sound system. Over the next three to four months I began to go through my entire collection piece by piece and do a cleanse of records that I no longer needed. As I began to put them up for sale some would sell very quickly. Some within an hour or less. I realized that I might be on to something here.
Do you have a physical shop, or do you sell records online only?
I sell records only online.
What is your favorite release you have in stock right now, and why this one?
My favorite release that I currently have for sale is The Future Sound of London – Papua New Guinea. The original version is my favorite track of all time. A timeless classic that still gives me goosebumps whenever I hear it.
Where does your Discogs username originate from?
My user name, mewinyoulose, was my old online poker name. When I first joined Discogs in 2009 I chose it as an afterthought. If I knew I was going to be selling records on here I probably would have chosen a different name, hahaha! But I have a good rep going so I will just stick with it.
Aside from selling, do you use any other Discogs site features?
I am in a couple Groups such as Track IDs and 90s Tracklists. I’ve been DJing and collecting underground House and Techno since 1991, so I have some considerable knowledge on the subject. I’ve also started a passion project group of my own recently where I’ve attempted to track list all of my favorite DJ’s mixtapes from the 90s. It’s called “Old School West Coast Mixtapes” and it’s a work in progress. It’s an attempt by myself and some friends to share what knowledge we have with hardcore fans and the next generation of House music lovers. I also have contributed a few releases (mostly White Labels I’ve collected) to the Discogs site that haven’t been listed.
Do you have a specialty in what you sell?
My specialty would definitely be underground House and Techno. I’ve been fortunate to live in both Los Angeles and New York. I’ve spent many paychecks at Street Sounds, DMC, Prime Cuts, Beat Non Stop, Record Reaction, and Wax Records in L.A., as well as Sonic Groove, Temple, Vinyl Mania, Disco Rama, Dance Trax, Throb, and Satellite Records in N.Y. I’ve also bought records from the private collections of Doc Martin, Barry Weaver, and members of Wicked.
What do you enjoy most about selling music?
I think what I enjoy most about selling records is when somebody leaves a positive feedback saying how stoked they are. I take great pride in my store and providing excellent customer service.
What does your personal collection look like?
My personal collection continues to grow smaller. At its height it was at about 12,000 vinyl records. As of right now it stands at about 8,500 vinyls with about 2,100 of that for sale. It is a House music lover’s heaven. I do have a chair and dresser in my room now though!
What is your number one tip for record buyers on Discogs?
Number one tip for record buyers is look at the seller’s feedback. If you see issues, stay away…or at least try to.
And for Discogs sellers?
Couple tips for sellers: try to ship as soon as possible. Don’t be lazy. If you can ship same day go for it. Buyers really appreciate that. Organize your store so you can find stuff easily. I usually do it by year and type of music. I find that using two cardboard inserts prevents problems as well. Cleaning the record before you ship is a smart idea as well.
Do you have any favorite local record shops?
What kind of stuff will you have on offer at Crate Diggers? Is there anything in particular that you’ll be digging for for yourself?
For the next Crate Diggers, I have been doing another cleanse of my collection. This one will be much deeper than usual. I have reached a point in my DJ career where I’m no longer playing out anymore. Big time classics are becoming a little easier to part with. Expect at least four or five crates of heavy hitters.
Be sure not to miss Crate Diggers LA on October 14th, 2017 at Lot 613! The epic FREE event begins with a record fair at noon, featuring 30+ vendors and 6 local DJs. The After Party goes from 10 PM until 4 AM and features DJ sets featuring Danny Krivit, Ron Trent, and Zernell. Don’t miss it!