Charles Newman,
The TVD First Date

“I grew up in the late ’70s, which was the heart of vinyl culture.”

“As I turned 10 years old the disco era was in full swing, and so were my parents disco lessons where they would spin Gloria Gaynor and Earth Wind & Fire around the house. Around that time my uncle gave me The Beatles’ red and blue albums and an original pressing of The White Album and my collection began to grow. In the early 80’s I worked all kinds of teenager type jobs so I could make regular trips to The Music Machine, a local Baltimore record shop where I would mostly buy 7-inches and the occasional velvet glow-in-the-dark poster.

Around that time I started piano lessons and joined my first band. As a keyboard player in the early ’80s I was embracing the synthesizer movement, but during an infamous all-night hang with some friends in 10th grade, I saw Pink Floyd’s The Wall on a big screen TV and that changed everything.

I spun The Wall’s double vinyl in my basement every night for a month connecting with the simplicity and dynamic sounds while flashing back to the images on the screen. I think this kicked off my affinity for the appreciation of music to picture. I feel lucky to have grown up during that time, inspiring me to follow a career in music.

Over the past two decades, I’ve recorded and produced several hundred records, many of them landing on vinyl. I recently dug some of them out to rediscover those sounds. It’s been a fun road since that little DJ booth in my basement in Baltimore.”
Charles Newman

All These Small Moments’ original film soundtrack with production and musical supervision from Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, The Bones of J.R. Jones) is in stores now via Mother West.

PHOTO: RAFAEL PINEROS

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