Arsun,
The TVD First Date

“Records have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, even prior to knowing I wanted to be a musician.”

“My parents used to play Abbey Road on vinyl a lot when I was growing up and I remember that we’d always have a quarter balanced on the needle cartridge because it wasn’t weighted correctly, which I always found to be funny. They used to play records often, but even after being exposed to them as much as I was, I never really had a collection of my own.

By the time I had reached the age to have my own money to pour into a collection I wasn’t stagnant enough to sit at home and enjoy the records, so I didn’t consider it. I spent too much time outside running from place to place. Whether I was going to some party or some park or getting into trouble with my friends, I just wasn’t home or even indoors all that much.

But in between all the running around I’d always stop by record stores, hi fi shops, and guitar shops and bother the people by sampling everything in the store. Most of the time the owners would find a soft spot for me after I had bothered them enough though!

Nowadays I have my own budding recording studio with all my own stuff and I hope to add a nice vintage turntable to compliment my current hifi set up. Maybe then I’ll start my own collection. The first thing I’d do is buy every Bob Dylan album and every bootleg. Then I’d get Pet Sounds in mono and build it up from there.

As of right now I mostly listen to records at my girlfriend’s house. Her dad has an amazing, and seemingly endless, collection. In fact, I just recently bought her a really cool version of Blood On The Tracks that was released on Record Store Day. It’s a copy of the original test pressing of the album that includes all of the original New York session recordings.

That record blew me away. Some of the versions on there I actually prefer to the released version. I specifically love the version of the song “You’re A Big Girl Now.” That’s also a special record because you can’t find a half decent version of it online anywhere! I’ve contemplated sending it away to get professionally digitized so I can carry it around with me but I decided against it.

Once I have my own album finished the first thing I’m going to do is master it to lacquer which is an experience I’m very excited for.”
Arsun Sorrenti

“Bleed in Vain,” the new single from Arsun is in stores now.

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