Michael “Mikey” Neysmith - Founder- Director /Lifetime Member - Vice President

The very first Memorial Weekend “Sit- In” (MWE) event was hosted in 1998 by Michael “Mikey” Neysmith to celebrate the memory of his dear friend Astley “Chunie” Pessoa, a passionate vinyl collector who had died tragically.  The consensus was that also worthy of commemoration at that time were Duke Fuller, Pro McClennon, Michael “Fat Willie” Williams, collectors whose contributions to the art form of vinyl collecting were to be celebrated.

Although exposed to music at an early age as he grew up in a community with a rich assortment of musicians such as Count Ossie’s Mystic Revelation and Don Drummond as well as DJ’s Stan “Soul Merchant” and “Big Roy”, it would be the lyrics of a song he heard being played on radio while in England that transformed his actual awareness of music. On his return to Jamaica while still in high school he started collecting vinyl (although he had nothing on which to play them).

After migrating to Philadelphia in the mid 70’s, he reunited with an old friend “Chunie” and the vinyl collecting heated up.  Mikey always stays true to himself and collects what he likes, rather that what others say is good.  

He was bestowed with a VRCA Lifetime Achievement Award at the MWE New York event in 2010 and currently is our Vice President.