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RPM: Amber Gruner

Amber is a London-based record collector, who has been collecting records for over 10 years. As well as training as a child and adolescent psychotherapist, Amber works as a music journalist for an independent music magazine named MXDWN.

Amber was inspired in her early eclectic love for music by her Dad who is a musician, songwriter and music teacher. Her musical tastes vary from Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Latin, Disco, House and Garage.

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What were your earliest musical influences?

“My dad’s a musician and he definitely had the earliest influence on my love for music. Growing up, music was the most constant thing in my life. My dad was taking me to gigs from when I was fresh out the womb. He has a very eclectic taste which definitely rubbed off on me.  One minute he’d be playing Miles Davis and the next minute Dizzee Rascal.  I actually distinctly remember him buying “Boy In Da Corner” the day it was released on CD, and listening to it in the car on the way to school.
The good old days… “

One record that sums up your happiest memories and where does it take you back to? 

“‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ holds a very special place in my heart. To be honest, the album takes me back to various milestones in my life. I have listened to it continuously since I was in primary school. When I was about 7, I remember begging my Dad to buy me the CD. He made me work for it, so I spent the day clearing out the garage before he agreed to take me to the promised land, aka, HMV. It was the first ever hip hop album I’d heard featuring just a female, and although much of her narrative was beyond my years it still resonated with me.  As I got older, the album became a lot more relevant and empowering.”

Strangest place you found a record…. 

“I was in Cuba, about 10 miles east of Havana, visiting Ernest Hemingway’s old house. As I was leaving, I hopped in a tuk tuk and several metres down an empty road was a woman selling drinks outside. Next to the drink stand was a guy with a box of records for sale. It was proper random. Sadly, I was backpacking for several months and didn’t want to carry records around with me.
On reflection, I wish I copped one.”

Name a song to soundtrack the sunshine….

Marcos Valle – Estrelar EVERY. DAMN. TIME”

What is it about vinyl that makes you dig it?

“Vinyl for me just hits different to any other form of musical media format. Each of my vinyls elicit some type of emotion or memory. Some remind me of specific people, some take me back to a memory from the past. There’s just something magical about choosing a record, sticking it on and vibing.”

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