Robert Haagsma

Date of birth:

1963-10-25

Profession:

Music journalist

E-Mail address:

r.haagsma@chello.nl

Describe your way to Heavy Metal:

At the age of 13 - 14 I was introduced to 'heavy music' by my older sister's boyfriends. They had tapes and (some) elpees with music by typical 70's bands like Nazareth, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Free, Led Zeppelin, Golden Earring and The Who. A little later I found my own heroes: Kiss, Alice Cooper, Slade, Then the N.W.O.B.H.M. arrived. Great times! Then the whole American wave came along: Slayer, Metalica, Megadeth. I also kept track of the best - to me at least - death and black metal bands. Still do. And play the occasional Nazareth elpee every now and then...

How and when did you become a collector?

I started to buy my first 'serious' albums at the age of 15. Why I collect? I like to be able to play any music, by any band, at any time I wish. And it's simply cool to be - litterally - surrounded by great music. And there is something about hunting for music, especially when I visit a record store I have never been before. You never know what you will find.

What kind of stuff do you collect?

I do have a lot of CD's (not everything comes out on vinyl), but I prefer vinyl as a medium. I have spent a lot of time (and yup, money) to get a good playback rig (LP12 turntable, for example).

Which styles do you collect?

Heavy Metal is the heart and soul of my collection. But I have never been the kind of guy that thinks you are a whimp when you open up for other kinds of music. So yeah, I also have quite some rarities from the 60's (garage rock, psychedelic stuff) and 50's (R&R). And lots of alternative stuff from the 70's well into the 90's. Who ever said there are two kinds of music: good and bad. Well, I agree wholeheartly.

How big is your collection?

I quit counting years ago, but I estimate between 10.000 and 15.000 vinyl records, approx 6000 cd's, 2500 7"es and roughly 600 DVD's.

Where do you buy?

Everywhere! Of course eBay is a great source nowadays. But nothing beats checking out local record stores or the annual record fairs. Because of my work I travel a lot, which allows me to check out stores in NY, LA and London every now and then (I never make any money on those trips ;^).

Your favourite records (by heart or value):

Phew, that differs every day. Last few months I have been listening to Massacre (From beyond) and old Obituary. Still great stuff. I recently bought also a badge of black metal (Enslaved, Darkthrone, Emperor, Mayhem) - the collectibles of tomorrow, mark my words. But when it comes to all time classics, I have to mention Metallica (Ride), Slayer (Reign), AC/DC (BIB), Judas Priest (Unleashed), Iron Maiden (Number), Saxon (Strong Arm). I know, I know, predictable, but when these albums came out they made a huge impact on yours truly. And still do. I also cherish my collectibles, like the first original Mayhem, the first Nirvana single, a withdrawn King Diamond sleeve, the Randy Rhoads/Quiet Riot Japanese LP's, the Mercyful Fate 12" on Rave On and rare vinyl by Lips (pre Anvil), Savatage, Kiss, Alpha Centauri, Squadron, Odin, Maiden (SH Tapes) and Hyksos.

Do you trade / buy / sell?

Yup, but I only trade duplicates. I am always buying. Drop me an email.

Any famous last words?

There is very little that beats GOOD music. Stay passionate!