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“Great communities have great restaurants, great live music venues, great art galleries, great events, great food and independent retail, whether it’s bookstores or music stores or the like, contribute to the character of that community.” Mike Fratt, Homer’s Music.
“I mean it’s my environment. It’s what I like. I still learn everyday.” Randy Now.
“The reason why I set up the record shop is because I love listening to records. I’ve turned a hobby into my job. Every day is the perfect day.” Jon Smith, Intense Records.
“I don’t think the shop would be here if it weren’t for the Hacienda. I think it had that impact on everyone in the city, it was the place to go to, it was our church back in the day.” Colin White, Vinyl Revival.
“I think independent record shops are important to communities because I think in many cases they’re kind of the cultural epicentre... it’s just a hub for all of these things, that on a cultural standpoint bring value to our neighbourhoods.” Rand Foster, Fingerprints.
“The reason Brixton is important is because it’s a pretty core part of reggae history… They’ll come out, hit all the record shops and then take the first plane back home the next day.” Ben Bell, Lion Vibes.
“I think they saw a kid that was way into it, passionate about music, passionate about listening to music and that’s something I look for in employees right now.” Mike White
“Last year the Nubya Garcia record that came out, I love that record, that was one of my favourite albums of the year. I would never have listened to that had I not opened a record store.” Alex Barron
“There’s nothing compared to the feeling of walking into a record store, hearing music, playing it, touching it, feeling it, you know, it’s a very tactile environment.” Rick Wojcik