Photograph by: Will Calcutt

Seth Troxler has just acquired a collection of 4,500 records previously owned by Dave Haslam, a DJ at the legendary Haçienda.

Troxler says he wants to preserve the collection for future generations as well as discover new gems for his own sets.

“As a 30 year old there is only so much you can read about or hear through friends to imagine what it was like during the heyday of acid house and the Haçienda. I think my great joy will be finding new music, hearing things i never knew existed from people forgotten through time,” he said in a statement.

“I think it’s very important not only to preserve the music but to preserve this collection intact for future generations to enjoy. One factor behind my acquirement of this amazing collection was the transfer of one working DJ to another; and the fact that I will be presenting to people around the world as they were intended to be heard.”

Haslam was a resident at the Manchester club from 1986 until 1990, playing over 450 sets during the peak years of acid house.

According to Haslam, the collection spans “funk and soul and electro and Factory Records stuff, and on through industrial and alternative music and into the early acid tunes and the house music revolution. And then the 1990s too, bleepy stuff, disco, the euphoric floorfillers, and the wild and weird records I loved and wanted to share with dancefloors from Manchester to Paris and Berlin to New York.”

He added: “The records were bought by me to be played – it’s a working DJ’s collection – and Seth’s commitment to music and to vinyl is fabulous. There’s stuff in there he’ll know and love but stuff he’ll discover too, and through him, and thanks to him taking them on and playing them out, new audiences will discover them too, and enjoy them.”

Watch this next: Take a walk around the original Haçienda

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