15 Apr 2016

Chris Rocket interviewed by The Economist about Record Store Day

This weekend see's the return of Record Store Day – and on it's eve The Economist has published a piece which includes an interview with Rockets very own Chris Reeder.

It reads:

Independent labels and record shops are falling out of love with Record Store Day

EVERY Friday evening, Tom Fisher and Philippe Giron pack the shelves of Rat Records—a second-hand record shop in south-east London—with new stock. Once the shelves are filled, Messrs Fisher and Giron post photographs of the new arrivals on the shop’s Facebook page; a “Sneak Peak”, covering everything from classic jazz, rock and dance music, to obscure artists operating in niche genres. From 10am on Saturday, customers shuffle in and out. Guest DJs play records behind the counter, record buyers brush elbows as they root through the new selections, chatting with each other and the proprietors about records that are on display (and usually records that aren’t). This is business as usual; it feels like a gathering of local fans drawn together to browse, listen to, discuss and purchase music.

April 16th will see thousands of independent record shops overflowing with customers as part of Record Store Day (RSD). Now in its ninth year, RSD sees music fans flock to independent music shops, forming long queues in the hope of snapping up limited-edition vinyl releases that form part of an official list released ahead…

Read the rest here: The Economist