Record Collectors

Record Collector: Brett Gallasch, aka brett_fugazi

Brett Gallasch was born in Wisconsin but grew up in California until 1993, when he then went back to his birth state, where he's currently living in Racine. A fan of all things hardcore music, Brett is married with a 4-year-old and a 22-year-old step daughter. To pay the bills and help support his vinyl habit, he workds as a machinist for a "somewhat big" company. Though he their name is part of his Instagram handle, Brett isn't a big Fugazi fan, but when he first heard the band in high school, he told his friends that they sucked, so the nickname stuck after that. 

Fugazi or not, Brett is the latest member of the Record Collector club.

How long have you been collecting records?

I've been collecting music since I was young my mom got me some KISS records and Star Wars soundtracks in the late '70s/early '80s, and it just went on from there, but at the time, it was mostly cassettes and then CDs, when they came out, but not to many because the music I was into was kinda hard to get on CD. Then in early '90s, I started getting records here and there. For about the last 15 years or so, I've been more dedicated to records.


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Where do you usually find your records?

I use to find records at record stores but there isn't really any good ones left around where I live so I mainly get stuff from labels, distros, eBay, discogs and from trading people online.


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What is the most you've paid for a single record, what was it, and how did you obtain it?

The most I paid for a record was a little more than a Chain Crew, it was Infest Mankind 7" on clear vinyl. It took a couple months back and fourth to finally get it off the person. 


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What is your most prized record in your collection?

Most prized record is Chicano-Christ 7" it took me a long time to get it from a friend of mine.he finally let it go. I love that 7" [laughs].


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What frustrates you about the current record collecting scene?

What frustrates me in collecting records is when you get a record in the mail and it's just in a manila envelope and that's it no padding or cardboard, or they over do it and tape the record up in the Polly bag twenty times over, the once mint cover just became a vg one trying to get the tape off. This doesn't happen often but does happen.


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What are some records that you've had a tough time getting your hands on?

I have a lot of those, but my main ones are:

  • Slapshot, Step on It test press
  • Agnostic Front, United Blood
  • Integrity, In Contrast of Sin red vinyl

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