Meet 25 year old Leo Shydaze, the Creator of Glow Of Sunrise and Black Girls Love Vinyl. Shydaze middle name is Sade where her mother named her after the Queen herself, Sade Adu. She is mostly inspired by her relationship and music friends to get back into music.
"I'm really looking forward to going back to my hometown St.Louis, MO to get my MPC 1000 and getting it repaired to start creating."
When the time is right, she plans to pick back up DJin and perfecting her scratch techniques with The Beat Junkies. Until then, she will forever keep surrounding herself around music.
Read more about her love for vinyl and music below.
City/State: Los Angeles, CA
Social Media: @shydazee
Top 5 Favorite Records and Songs:
From what I have in my personal collection at the moment with my favorite song on each record. No particular ranking.
Madlib, Beat Konducta Vol. 4 – Another Getaway
Hiroshima, Another Place – Save Yourself For Me
Donald Byrd, Street Lady – Miss Kane
Minnie Ripperton, Adventures In Paradise – Inside My Love
Sade, Diamond Life – Sally
Everything, but Country. If you really want to know its Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk/Soul, R&B and Electronic
Favorite Record Shop(s):
The Record Parlour – Hollywood, CA
Vintage Vinyl – St.Louis, MO
What made you start Collecting Records?
I always wanted to be a DJ since I was 13 years old because I love seeing cool scratching routines and sets on vinyl. I discovered that my dad had a record collection that I’ve only been able to see through photographs. My dad has a very diverse music taste and always would play what I like to call “groovy” tunes around the house, which is my foundation of musical interests.
Then I started exploring into more electronic music when my dad got me hip to Kraftwerk. He has their Electronic Café album on vinyl, but I will have to get on my own. I started collecting records in college when I wanted to start producing music. My friend invited me to go record shopping one day, another friend ended up giving me their record player and I just been addicted to collecting records from that day.
I love buying records that I never heard of or seen based off the record cover art. I always find dope records under $10. It’s the best way to collect records on a budget.
How does music make you feel?
Music takes me through journeys and experiences in moods. Its very hard to describe the experimental vision in my mind, but music feeds and brightens me. Its like how certain nutrients and vitamins play specific vital roles for our body to stay healthy. Music is the key that connects me to staying healthy. I always need it and I always know when a sound is not good for me to consume. It’s the one thing I don’t have to overthink and able to always trust and feel.
How important is music to you and daily living?
It’s very vital for my daily living. Especially being a creative. I can’t create without it. It’s also very vital for my personality, friendships, and my relationship. I’m a heavy instrumental/beat listener. I been listening to a lot of Ewonee., Foisey., and VHVL lately. J Dilla Changed My Life! I could go on and on about J Dilla, but I will save that for another time. He’s the best to ever do it and he stays in my rotation. If you're looking for female producers right now that are dope though, I do suggest: VHVL, Sarah2ill (The !llstrumentalist), Linafornia, beatsbykeishh, Georgia Ann Muldrow. Gosh! There are others I'm missing. Females are dope.
I discover many artists/producers daily (when my mood feels it). I also love when I can add to someone else’s musical experiences by sharing music that’s new to them, letting them listen to my library of music, and giving them suggestions. I connect with people the most through music. Without it I don’t know how I would know half the people I’ve randomly meet. I consume a ton of music hourly and daily and I am healthy mentally because of it.
Why Black Girls Love Vinyl (BGLV)?
I started this platform because I started noticing a few girls like myself who collect records based off what they were sharing on Instagram. I was very intrigued with what they were sharing and the types of collections they have. I was also very frustrated with not getting featured on other vinyl community platforms, but not only that I didn’t see enough females that looked like me being featured as well. I started to think the way I was presenting my record collection was odd to everyone in the vinyl community like I didn’t fit the “theme” of their IG pages.
I didn’t care though because it was my way of expressing my creativity through the music I consume and I wanted to be more open about my taste in music. I wanted other girls like me to be more open in their taste of music too. It was only right to create this for us. I’m very excited to connect and share female music interests and their love for vinyl with the vinyl community and the general music community as well.