Collecting things has been with me since childhood - comic books, stickers, stamps, phone cards... I've had several collections with different degrees of dedication. When diving into the records collectors environment, I remember looking at store collections or photos of records collections with hundreds or thousands of items - seemed so awesome! All those covers and items to be handled and listened to caused me a real fascination. However, I was a poor boy who only had enough to keep studying. I had no allowance to buy rock records. My first CDs were all gifts from family or friends - a The Doors compilation, a Rolling Stones compilation, a Led Zeppelin compilation, and CDs improperly lent by a schoolmate (his brother's girlfriend was actually the owner) that ended up staying with me. I also had some K7 tapes with stuff presented on an FM radio - Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Heart, Santana, Mutantes, O Terço... The first feasible way to have access to music/albums was via MP3 - something I discovered as soon as it came up (even before I had a great interest in music). So, it was through shared MP3 files that I gained more consistent access to rock from the 1960s and 1970s, for which I had already gained a real passion. Collecting is fun for a lifetime; a habit to be cultivated over the years. Listening to a lot of music and collecting records is also a great source of inspiration for good recordings.
Gradually, I acquired classic and rare rock albums from the 1960s and 1970s, but also jazz, soul, funk, pop, folk, blues, and Brazilian music of the period. My collection is still modest, but it grows gradually. I attribute to records my greatest virtues as a musician - I get inspiration, ideas, and motivations to record, compose, arrange, experiment, and produce new music. My friend Jorge Carvalho, bass player and bandmate, told me a very wise thing - "The record is the best school".