MEMORABILIA. COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH... Conversation with Jonny Trunk on his sound collection
Jonny Trunk founded the label Trunk Records in 1995, and it soon gained a cult following as a result of its specialisation in unpublished jazz recordings and film and television soundtracks. Trunk Records was the first label to feature non-commercial library music, a genre that Trunk has written about extensively. Trunk hosts a radio programme at London radio station Resonance FM, and he regularly DJs around the world.
He began collecting records around 1982, but rather than focusing on traditional record stores, he chose to comb second hand outlets and street markets. It didn’t take long for him to realise that his obsession was not pop music or modern sounds, but film soundtracks and television music.
His record collection now consists of around six thousand LPs and his library music collection focuses on the period from 1966 to 1978 and exhaustively explores british, french, italian and german productions.