Welcome to part two of Getting To Know Sly Authors.  We’re excited to share our passion with you through articles, album tips, and more.   These articles will give some insight into what makes the Sly Authors tick and learn a bit more about what vinyl means to them.  So, without further ado, let’s get to know one of the hardest working members of the team, Eric Hughes.

Name: Eric Hughes
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Sly Author Since: August 2014
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC
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We all seem to have that one person who helped introduce us to new cool music when we were younger (an older sibling, the cool kid in the neighborhood, etc.). Who was that person for you? Is there a particular artist they introduced you to in your formative years?

Two of my closest friends (Ed Bakerman & Todd Slade) and I have always shared interesting new musical finds with each other, some of which have become some of my all time favorite bands. I have to credit Ed with introducing me to Menomena way back when & Todd got me listening to the Gorillaz back in middle school.

In the spirit of the movie High Fidelity… What are your top 5 desert island albums?

Menomena ‎– I Am The Fun Blame Monster
Radiohead – Hail To The Thief
Shpongle – Are You Shpongled?
Bonobo – Black Sands
Future Loves Past – Our Solar System (if it ever gets fully released!)

How did you get into collecting vinyl?

I’ve been to hundreds of live shows over the years and I used to really be into band merch like posters and tour t-shirts.

The switch was flipped one night at a Here We Go Magic show. I’m not sure exactly why, but the allure of having the music in hand, the large LP graphics and discussions with the band after the show really gave me so much more respect for the format.

What’s your white whale/holy grail album?

El Ten Eleven – These Promises Are Being Videotaped TEST PRESS

What’s the most prized record of your collection?

Probably my 1 of 1 test press copy of Future Loves Past’s self-titled 12″ EP. My favorite local AZ act of all time.

What’s on your turntable regularly these days?

TV Girl – French Exit
A Cosmic Gift – Dreams of the Sea
Arms And Sleepers – Black Paris 86