Join Max Lander on a shopping spree to talk vinyls, his love for record stores and what inspired him starting playing music.

“Record stores have a calming effect. I like to be there by myself, see records I recognise that I may not have listened to in a long time and become somewhat nostalgic. I love to look at the covers and track lists and create my own pictures about explosive live concerts or music videos.

I am born in the early 90’s. You can say that I grew up in the totally wrong decade. What I did to travel back in time was that I browsed my Fathers Vinyl collection. He had a lot of very cool vinyls from the 70’s and 80’s. I remember at a age of 7 or 8 years old how i got turned on to what I considered pretty heavy music combined with so much passion, feel and love. At a young age listening to bands like Guns n’ Roses, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Black Sabbath, I could feel the pain and struggles of these bands through their songs. 

The ones that got me started play guitar were my dad’s half-hearted versions of Breaking in the law and Centrumhets with Magnus Uggla. Back then I thought that my Fathers versions of these riffs were the coolest.

Among all these rock records my dad was into a lot of Swedish pop music, The band Nationalteatern that was part of the Swedish prog era in the 70’s and is something that i really enjoy. Another Swedish pop band called Docent död came a little later to my liking too. My Dad use to call their music for “bubblegum pop” because of the simple but tasty & sticky vocal melodies. 

Whatever genre it is, the most important thing is that the music is talking to me in some way. The soul and the passion is the most delicate ingredient we have when it comes to creating music.”

Check out my playlist on Youtube to see what I am putting on the turntable at the moment.
And be sure to follow the DEAF RAT Youtube channel too.
Let me know on Facebook what albums you like to put under the needle.