Who is Roastin’ Records?
Roastin’ Records was born out of the shared love for vinyl records. Roastin’ Records is Wentzel van der Gryp and Rouleaux van der Merwe. Wentzel started sourcing and selling new and used vinyls in 2012 and set up a small record shop inside Deluxe Coffee Works. Wentzel asked Rouleaux to help him with some designs for a logo. One thing led to another and Wentzel and Rouleaux partnered up and decided to start a small independent label releasing local music that they love.
What makes vinyl records so special?
It is a combination of the cover art, the variety of the formats (12inch / 10inch / 7inch), the analog nature of the music and the way that you are ‘forced’ to listen to the whole record. You can’t just skip to the next song (like with a mp3), you kinda have to sit through an album and wait for your favorite song to come up. It makes you appreciate the music listening experience so much more.
What was the motivation behind starting Roastin’ Records?
Both of us are fairly obsessed with music. It is a way to channel our collective obsession into something we can share with other people.
Aren’t you worried that the popularity of records is just a trend that will eventually pass on?
We were collecting and swapping/trading vinyl many years before it became a hipster trend. I don’t think that it will go away. People are looking at vinyl to reignite the spark of owning music. It is one thing to have thousands of mp3’s, and to be completely honest, you never actually own those mp3’s. It was either downloaded, copied or ripped from a CD. Buying a vinyl record gives you the satisfaction of holding the physical incarnation of the music in your hands.
Why do you think it has taken South Africans so long to get into collecting records?
You’ve always had your serious collectors in SA, but kids who grew up in the digital age has caught on to the trend you talk about above.
Roastin’ Records has recently been acting more as a records label, having released a few records for bands. Is this the direction you’re moving towards?
We definitely want to put out as many records as we can. Because vinyl has become a standard output for international bands we want to give SA bands a platform to be on par with the rest of the world. The music is definitely on the same level. SA has so many amazing bands who deserve to have their music on vinyl.
What are some of the releases you’ve put out?
Our latest release, the Wildernessking 10inch EP is just about to see the light of day, and we are very excited about it. Roastin’ Records also did a collaborative release for the Pretoria noise punkers Make-Overs with Angry Africa and KRNGY.
Any sneak peeks for what we can expect from Roastin’ Records in the near future?
We have a couple of 7inches we want to bring out – a split with Cape Town’s Peasant and JHB heavyweights Conqueror. Also maybe a 7inch for the grindcore band Anthropocene Hell. We will also be getting in some fresh new music on a monthly basis which are available on the webshop and at the record bin in Deluxe Coffee. We also DJ regularly in and around Cape Town and try to let the vinyl sound reach as many people as possible. If you are ever at a venue where we are DJing, please do come say HELLO. We also like tequila.
I imagine you guys have your ear quite close to the ground with South African music. Who should we be keeping an ear out for in the future?
The Psych Night guys are doing some great stuff, The Very Wicked, The Dollfins, WEA (but I think they called it a day?), Black Lung, Bilderberg Motel, Changeling, Peasant, The Moths, Death Pegasus, Make Overs, Conqueror, Dead Lucky, Black Math, Bad Drugs etc.
Top 10 vinyl records of all time?
Unfair question. We both have a broad range of musical taste, but I (Rouleaux) tend to like punk/harcore stuff the most. I can have a top 10 in loads of different genres.
Here is my top 10 list :
1. Descendents – Milo Goes to College
2. Fugazi – End Hits
3. Hawkwind – Space Ritual
4. Fucked Up – Chemistry of Common Life
5. Poison the Well – Versions
6. Ceremony – Ronhert Park
7. The Replacements – Let It Be
8. Sleep – Dopesmoker
9. The Monks – Black Monk Time
10. Bad Brains – S/T
Here is Wentzel’s list. But only for today. Tomorrow it will be very different.
1. Led Zeppelin – II
2. Blood Brothers – Crimes
3. Neil Young – Harvest Moon
4. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
5. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
6. Joanna Newsom – Ys
7. Bob Dylan – Desire
8. Kraftwerk – The Man Machine
9. Nirvana – In Utero
10. Beatles – ? all Beatles!