Thu 24 Jan 2019

Some kind of record

They were destined for the rubbish, but Student Support team member Adrian Ellmoos wasn’t about to let that happen.

At least, not to all of them.

 “The records on my wall represent about 1% of what just got thrown away,” said Adrian, or Moose, who has been a Youth Guarantee Support person at WITT since August 2016 and previously worked as a broadcaster at MediaWorks Taranaki.

After the station went digital it had no reason to keep all the old vinyl.

“There were five of us going through these great towers of records. We grabbed what we wanted to keep, and the rest went in the skip. Looking back, it was a tragic waste.”

In an ironic twist, Moose admits he doesn’t even own a record player.

“The records had been in a crate in my garage for some years, but when I started at WITT I thought they’d make a terrific feature wall.”

Now visitors to his office have a look to see what albums they recognise.

“There are some classics, man. Everything from the Pointer Sisters to McPhail and Gadsby.”

There are also some albums by individuals involved in some controversy later in their careers - Milli Vanilli, Gary Glitter, and Bill Cosby to name a few.

Moose, who is also a mobile DJ on the weekends has always found something about vinyl records appealing.

“There’s a certain something about them – something that is lost these days with downloaded and streamed music. You don’t have an object to hold and to read. There’s something about vinyl that’s romantic and alluring.”

 Moose is on the ground floor in B-Block if you’d like to go and see.