Daniel Hauser is a 36-year-old hardcore lifer living in the small German town of Saarbrücken, near the French border. During the work week, he works for John Deere, but when he's home and relaxing, he's usually either listening to one of the many records in his collection, or soaking in a movie, also from his personal library.
I'm pleased to welcome Saarbrücken's most dedicated NYHC enthusiast to the Record Collector series.
How long have you been collecting records?
I started collecting in 1994 or 1995, not sure anymore. We had two awesome record stores here in Saarbrücken. First one was called Short Egg and the other one was or is Rex Rotari, which is still open and is owned by Andreas Eid. Andreas was the singer of ABC Diabolo, a band whose first 7" was released by Off the Disk Records, the label out of Switzerland that also released the first Infest LP.
Where/how do you usually find your records these days?
Nowadays, I mostly buy records online using German record distros like xSentientx, PerKoro Records, or like everyone else, Discogs. Most of the things are almost easy to find on Discogs if you're willing to pay current prices. It was not that easy some years ago, so I think Discogs is an awesome platform for any kind of record collectors.
What is the most you paid for a single record, where/how did you obtain it, and what was it?
The most I paid was certainly for my Warzone 7" and my New York City Hardcore 1987 — Together compilation 7" some years ago. I realy don't remember what I paid but it wasn't cheap. I got them from Ben DeadSerious when Ben dissolved his record collection. Nowadays, I regret that I didn't buy more of his stuff.
Of everything in your current collection, what is your most prized record and why?
No question - that's my Turning Point LP on clear vinyl I bought two years ago. In all respects, this is the hardcore record for me. One of my favorite bands on my favorite label ever, on my favorite vinyl color. Everything on this record is nothing but awesome: Sound, layout, everything...
Is there anything that frustrates you about the current record collecting scene?
What else than the current prices? It's absolutely insane. 20€ and more for a single LP, almost 30€ when you include the shipping costs. I usually do not consider to order a record, but at the moment, it's sometimes hard to pay for your orders, especially if you have a second big collecting hobby like me. I also collect Blu-rays, so sometimes I have to decide, second copy of a Warzone 7", or a second copy of another Back to the Future Blu-ray.
Which records are still on your want list that you've had a tough time tracking down through the years?
Oh, there are many on my wantlist. I'm not that kind of collector that searches for every single color of a record. Especially not for any current/new releases. An exception is Revelation Records and/or New Age Records stuff. Currently, I'm looking for a Subzero 7" on blue, a Gorilla Biscuits 7" on green, and a Gorilla Biscuits LP on purple vinyl. I also would welcome an Abused Loud and Clear 7" in my collection cause this is one of my all-time favorite records. If you want to sell any of these, just let me know.
I would like to add two more things, if I could:
Firstly, I wanna thank you, Carlos, for asking me to be a part of your blog. I really enjoy reading every single interview here, and it's always awesome to get in contact with all of you fellow collectors out there.
Secondly, please check out my boys in World Eater. They are a hard-working German hardcore band. Good guys, good music. Buy their records. Really.
Follow Daniel on Instagram.
Tagged: record collector