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If you’ve ever hung out at an Urban Outfitters store longer than intended because the music was just that good, caught an intimate performance by Blood Orange at one of our After Fest events, danced to Charli XCX in the basement of our Broadway NYC store or had your vinyl signed by CHVRCHES in Dallas, you can thank Dryw, Urban Outfitters’ resident music guy, for that. And, if you’ve ever fallen in love with a Baggu tote or a Frye satchel, his girlfriend and UO cohort Shelly deserves a pat on the back. Separately, they help shape the creative culture of Urban Outfitters; together they have created a home filled with expertly curated vinyl, exotic scents, hand-foraged antiques, colorful textiles, and lots of love. To kick off our month of celebrating the people and things that go better together, the musically minded pair share a playlist made for dancing and romancing.


What do you love about vinyl?

In my opinion, vinyl simply sounds better. I truly think vinyl brings people together: In record shops it allows people to have dialogue—people with common interests can meet and interact. At home you're able to sit down and hear the warmth and hold something tangible and timeless. With my older records, I always like to think how many people had this record in their possession prior to me.

What's your approach to buying and collecting vinyl?

I generally don't buy records online; I like the experience of going to record shops. Most of the time I only look through the new arrival bins. I love the anticipation and the thrill of awaiting the next record I flip to in the bin. It puts me in a zone: True mindfulness. I buy various genres—I try to not over-collect and I never want my collection to get out of hand to where I can't enjoy what I have.

What makes you and Shelly better together?

Emotionally we're healthier, happier and naturally free with each other. Creatively we inspire, challenge and in the end make each other wiser. Together we strive for grace and permanent bliss.

How does music shape and influence your way of life?

Music is at the core of my being. It helps me express and explore myself and others. It also inspires me; it drives me and provides cultural insight.

How would you describe the atmosphere of your home space?

The house is more than 100 years old, so it already had a ton of character: Great moldings, tile work and original hardwood floors. We're always collecting and buying new things for the house. I like mixing new furniture along with some mid-century modern finds. For the walls I'm always at the frame shop getting photographs, artwork and some of my favorite record album posters framed. I'm really into scents for the home; I have various candles through out the house, and back-ups just in case. I'm also really into incense. I've tracked down and discovered some really cool scents over the years. I actually have a draw in the credenza dedicated for all the incense. I burn various types depending on the season, occasion, my mood. I love to be surrounded by what inspires me, artistically, musically and spiritually.

What can't you live without?

Ice cream.

What are you currently obsessed with?

A co-worker recently turned me onto Nemadji Pottery. The myth and magic of the swirled-painted pottery spun me into researching and buying a bunch in various styles.

Any good gigs you've been to lately or are looking forward to?

I was a bit surprised when I saw members of some of my favorite bands (Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Lower Dens) had assembled to pay tribute to one of my favorite albums, "No Other" by the impeccable Gene Clark (founding member of the Byrds). When it was released in 1974 it was viewed as a commercial failure, though over time it's become a cult favorite. It's nice the album is being celebrated with a brief tour. I hope more people will discover it.

How did you and Dryw meet?

That is such a long story. Let's just say this: When you have a deep connection with someone, sometimes it takes a long time to recognize what that means and to act on it. Slow builds are good.

What makes you two better together?

We sing at the top of our lungs to Top 40 music in the car. We dance like witch doctors to loud music when we are home alone. We are truly ourselves, our real, silly, no shame selves, when we are together. There is nothing more freeing than that.

How would you describe your home?

Dryw and I have really complementary tastes. I'm super into collecting textiles, he is really into curating our walls. The result is a bright, textured, modern feel with some ’60s and ’70s thrown in for good measure. We both love thrift stores and flea markets so there are a lot of unique pieces throughout the space.

Tell us about the jewelry you make...

I have a childhood obsession with flattening pennies on railroad tracks, so a few years ago I started making jewelry out of the idea.

What was the first record you bought?

I'm sure it was something like Fleetwood Mac’s "Rumors" (still one of my faves). I think it’s a miracle that the band made it through all the drama that was going down and managed to produce that epic record out of the ashes.

What do you love about vinyl?

The pop and crackle that happens when you first put the needle down on the record. The act of listening to an artist's work from front to back, just as they curated it for you to experience.

What's your approach to buying and collecting vinyl?

It used to be picking up whatever grabbed my attention at flea markets and stoop sales. Now that I live with such an incredible music collector, there is less need for me to bring home scratched Bee Gees records off the street. I think of artists I want to hear, then I tell Dryw, then magically I have Tom Petty's catalog of work at my disposal.

What can't you live without?

Baths.

What are you currently obsessed with?

Instagram. I'm addicted.

Any good gigs you've been to lately?

We saw Connan Mockasin recently at Making Time. There was one point where he was sitting in the crowd with everyone sitting cross-legged in a circle around him, leading a sing along. It had a nice camp feel to it.

What artists do you have on heavy rotation right now?

I'm pretty much only listening to my new, aforementioned Tom Petty collection. I'll probably stick with this for a month or longer. Once I listened to Led Zeppelin exclusively for three months while I was reading "Hammer of the Gods."

"These songs aren't of today, they're songs from a time when things mattered. A time when stories were told of love, want, missing and forever-ness. Every day I strive to find the of tunes of today and tomorrow: I’m excited to share the tunes I listen to at home and the vibes that inspire who I am. This mix is best experienced with bodies dancing in easy motion." —Dryw

David Crosby — "I'd Swear There Was Somebody Here"

Donovan — "Barabajagal"

Gene Clark — "No Other"

Bob Dylan — "Girl from the North Country"

Donnie & Joe Emerson — "Baby"

Arica — "Rock"

Nina Simone — "Do I Move You?"

Chuck Berry — "I Love Her, I Love Her"

Led Zeppelin — "Whole Lotta Love"

Marvin Gaye — "Let's Get It On"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — "Our House"

Van Morrison — "Crazy Love"

Ted Lucas — "Baby Where You Are"

Relatively Clean Rivers — "Hello Sunshine"

The Byrds — "Turn! Turn! Turn!"

The Mamas & The Papas — "Dedicated to the One I Love"

Bee Gees — "To Love Somebody"

Chaka Khan & Rufus — "You Got the Love"

The Jimi Hendrix Experience — "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"

Cream — "Sunshine of Your Love"

The Yardbirds — "For Your Love"

Sam Cooke — "You Send Me"

Aretha Franklin — "Hello Sunshine"

Otis Redding — "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher"

Alice Coltrane — "Journey In Satchidananda"

Dr. John — "Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya"

Nick Drake — "Know"

Van Morrison — "Madame George"

Bob Dylan — "All the Tired Horses"

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