“It’s kind of a feedback loop. Somebody comes in and says “Oh, do you have this?" Then you start playing it in the shop and people go “what’s this, this nice music?” And then it starts feeding back into one another.” Marty Stevens, Ventnor Exchange
“It’s an oft-used word, community, but it really, really is. Musicians meet each other, artists meet each other… and it really is a real, proper community”. Gary Smith, Truck Store.
“I think that’s the thing about record shops that people don’t realise, we’re part of the local music scene. We sell records to people who spend money, every week, on music.” Al, 81 Renshaw.
“I think in this community a record shop’s really important because it enables people to come together, share music and turn each other onto music… to form those relationships that lead to the creative hub.” Tom Berry, Sound Records.
"The record shop has got a certain mystique about it. It's difficult to put into words. It's kind of, yeah, a certain magic about it and I think that's why every record shop’s different as well." Steve Sexton, Sister Ray.
"I think the social aspect of it, you'll never find that again, meeting the musicians and people that come along here, I think it's amazing." Freddie Noonan, The Vinyl Whistle.
“It's such a connector and it's such a way to make friends for life. You can bond with people over the music that they like… people that I know who collect records are fanatical about it, it means everything to them, it's their life.“ Sinead Elizabeth Green, Starr Records.
"I don't think a community exists unless it's got a record shop in it." Ian Smith, Music From Big Blue.
“I always used to say you're not just selling a record, you’re selling a feeling, you're selling a future memory.” Steve Tattam, Winyl.