Introducing Olle Wikman also known by his alias Uptown Diggin. Olle has been steadily posting records from his collection on instagram over the past couple of years, much to the delight of diggers worldwide, it truly is a treasure trove of some amazing records, with beautiful cover art and stories behind them.
Originally from the Northern part of Sweden but currently based in Stockholm, Olle is DJ, record collector and music lover that has developed quite an online following for his taste in records and little anecdotes that he shares on social media
“ I collect mainly soul, disco, funk and rare groove stuff. It’s just for fun and for the love of it. It’s all about discovery, sharing and connecting with people through music.”
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Name one institution that changed your life musically… and why?
“I have to give a shout out to Swedish radio show P3 Soul, hosted by the legendary journalist Mats Nileskär. It’s a weekly show on Swedish National Radio station P3, that started under the name “Soul Corner” back in 1999 (still going strong!) and airs every Sunday between 10:00pm to 12:00am. I remember vividly tuning in, almost religiously, every Sunday evening all through my teens learning more about artists like Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone, Donny Hathaway etc. Mats has basically interviewed every artist/legend you can think of when it comes to soul/r&b/hiphop.
It definitely shaped my life musically from early on.
Fun fact: On “Mortal Man”, the last track on Kendrick Lamar’s iconic album “To Pimp A Butterfly” where Kendrick interviews the ghost of 2Pac is actually taken from an interview Mats did with Mr. Shakur. “
Favourite record labels of all time?
“Black Jazz, West End, Stones Throw, Blue Note, Rawkus, Strata-East, Tribe, Prelude, XL, Motown, Cadet, Westbound, Curtom…
There’s also quite a few labels focusing on reissues doing some great work right now like; Athens of the North, Backatcha, Now-Again, Mr Bongo, Pure Pleasure,
Be With etc.”
Who are your biggest musical influences?
“Impossible task to narrow it down.. the list goes on of course but some of my biggest musical heroes throughout the years are Marvin Gaye, J Dilla, Pete Rock, Terry Callier, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Tim Maia, Jay-Z, André 3000, Pharoah Sanders, MF Doom, Madlib, Patrick Adams, Gil Scott-Heron, Mos Def, Kanye West…”
It’s a slothy Sunday… What tune are you hanging out to?
“Terry Callier – Dancing Girl.
One of my favorite songs ever. It’s such a mesmerizing, otherworldly experience every time you put it on.
8 minutes and 58 seconds of pure excellence.”
When digging, what are the 2 things that draw you to a record?
“The artwork is definitely a key factor when I’m diggin’. You can tell so much by just looking at the cover, especially when you’ve been doing this for quite some time. It’s hard to describe exactly but you can just tell… and you are right most of the time. I’m sure you, my fellow diggers, know what I mean!
The second thing is probably the label, either if it’s a label you know always brings the heat or just by the look of it, it might be a private press or some aesthetically pleasing design that gets you going.”