Every Thursday from 7-9pm, DJ Scott Thayer hosts The Deep Dig – KMHD’s rare vinyl program. An ardent, longtime collector and record store owner, Scott selects spins that span jazz’s history, focusing on the rarest of the rare: out-of-print, hard-to-find, and all-around wonderful wax.
How did you first get into collecting vinyl?
I started in the late Seventies as a kid. Kiss’s Double Platinum was the first record that I picked out myself, and I went as Peter Criss for Halloween for three consecutive years after that.
It’s no secret that you own one of the coolest record shops in Portland, a little store called Dig in Sellwood. How did you decide you wanted to open a shop and how do you hope it fits into the greater Portland record store scene?
I had the idea to open a store about five years ago and started amassing thousands of records in my house. Once my wife gave the thumbs up to shrinking our existing business, Sweetpea’s, to allow for a small record store, the ball was rolling. The Portland record scene is great. We are spoiled here. I just want to have a store where even the $2 stock is interesting — no filler — and keep records moving. A guy named Jerry in Pittsburgh gave me the best advice: it’s a record store, NOT a record museum.
How did you first get into radio?
I shrunk myself down like in Fantastic Voyage and entered through the headphone jack. Actually, Derek Smith [host of KMHD’s The Morning Session] bought a few records online from me about eight years ago, and the rest, as they say, is history.
What would surprise people most about what you do in your personal life?
I am one of the laziest people I know. I prefer sitting on my couch and listening to records over most other activities.
When you aren’t listening to the music you play on KMHD what are you tuned into?
Mostly talk radio — BBC Radio 4 and old time radio shows from the ‘40s.
Tell us about an interesting hobby you have.
I am pretty decent at woodworking and napping.
Where do you live and what are some of your favorite neighborhood spots?
Southeast Portland, on the border of Milwaukie. I love Thai Square and hitting the Goodwill bins every so often.
If you could bring someone back to life from jazz history and hang out with them for an afternoon, who would it be and why?
I think Monk — he’s like a mythical creature to me. Hard to believe he was real.