I handle all TCG events and products within the store, feel free to call in any time for a chat.
A giant otaku who loves to watch DBZ eat lots of food and scream over cute things!(I also make the Bubble Tea)
I'm the owner, I did a Q&A for Record Store Day so if you reeeeaaaallly want to, then you can read it.
Give us the background… when and why did you decide to open a record shop?
‘I opened the record shop in Altrincham in 2013, we also incorporate comics, trading cards and may other pop culture products. Music has always been my passion so it seemed right to include it and now it’s a staple part of the growing business. I love being able to learn and discover new music every day and also be part of the revolution that is getting people away from the non tangeable MP3 and free mass music world that we all created!’
Tell us a little bit about your store? What’s the vibe? What music do you champion?
‘There’s Sam, Holly and me who are in the store, we all have some pretty Polar music tastes at times and we’re not snobby with it at all. Today we have listened to Mac Rumours, Elton Johns Greatest Hits, NME Soundtrack of your summer on CD and I’ve now got Olive on. It’s really laid back here but not in a really dingy scruffy indy way, we’re a serious business and we all work hard – you have to if you want to succeed as it’s not easy out there!
We have loads of repeat customer and I have a great relationship with them all, I’m always willing to help and I can’t say there’s a customer I don’t like, I’d call a lot of them genuine friends and look forward to the chats we have. Especially if something interesting has happened or some cool stock has arrived –’
Do you remember the first record shop you went to? And you do you remember the first record you bought?
‘The first record shop I remember going into is actually Woolworths and I think it was the same with a lot of people, I grew up in a town that didn’t have an independent store but the staff at woolys seemed like they were working in one so I enjoyed it there! First Record was a cassette and it was Blue Da Ba Dee by Eiffel 65… I was 9/10 at the time. My music taste hasn’t got much better, first ever gig was the Pet Shop Boys and I’m proud of it, It was just me and my mum!
What is your favourite record shop (apart from your own!) and why?
‘I plan my trips away based on Record shops and I very rarely walk past one. I am a little bit picky sometimes and don’t have time for ones with poor layouts, if things aren’t neat and organised well I don’t always invest a lot of time. I love record shops abroad aswell, my favourite one was Lucky Records in Reykjavic – Seriously cool, really well laid out and the guy was ace. I bought a lot from them. I don’t like independent record shops as much if they ONLY sell brand new vinyl – I think it’s lazy. HMV has it’s place on the high street but I don’t shop there… They don’t look after the stuff well enough and rarely have the right attitude.
‘I went into a record shop in Manchester when I was much younger, about 14 I think, they had a juke box and I loaded up Beastie Boys Intergalactic Planetary – It was full of serious goth’s at the time and as the song came on they all looked at me like they were about to kill me, so I ran, they had those stupid trousers on that were tied together in the middle so I managed to get away quite easily.’
Who’s the most famous person you’ve had through your doors? Any funny stories?
‘We have had, and some times get some well known people into the shop thanks to the area we’re in, I’d always welcome more, especially anyone from BBC Radio 6 I’d like to meet them all, I don’t like to talk about who’s been in though , some of my favourites are the people you weren’t aware of until you found out from others, a friend of mine who runs another record shop locally is a bit of a ledge… but I’ll leave it at that.
I really want John Peel to come back from the dead so he can visit.’
And some one-liners to get to know you better….
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to? Mr Scruff – Every one I go to he never dissapoints. What’s your all-time favourite book? John Peel’s Biog Margrave of the Marshes – he died while writing it and his wife finished it off. Only book that’s ever bought a tear to my eye. What’s your all-time favourite film? Skip! If you could only listen to 3 songs for the rest of your life, what would they be?: Oh God… Don’t know… Laurie Anderson O Superman might be in there, Lah-Di-Dah Jack Thackray possibly… Something by Eminem… no idea… Who would form your all-time Glastonbury line-up? (past & present): John Peel talking, Pink Floyd doing Meddle, Fleetwood Mac, Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Bowie with me dueting on a few tracks. Followed into the night by DJ sets from Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin and the whole night topped off with Lemon Jelly playing a full album of stuff I haven’t heard and announcing they’re back together… What’s your all-time favourite record? Lemon Jelly Lost Horizons.