A new record store has opened in Nottingham’s Sneinton Avenues offering a range of vinyl. Running Circle Records has launched in Unit 46 on Freckingham Street near Bustler Market.
The shop is not just the record shop but also a label, which is owned by Guohan Zeng and Tom Towle. The two are musicians and DJs based in Nottingham plus this is their first retail store.
Working Circle will be open from Thursday to Sunday and often features appearances from other local DJs who play in the unit. The shop furthermore has online stores where vinyl fans can pick up brand new releases.
Guohan said: “We started as an independent label which was co-founded by myself, Tom Towle and a couple of other friends in 2017. We started the label so we could release music for artists we were really into who were mostly through Nottingham.
“Last year, all of us decided in order to take a different approach plus saw the particular opportunity within Sneinton Market and thought it would be great to have a physical store so people could get to know us a bit more. ” The particular unit has been given the makeover into a welcoming space, complete with green plants. Both are hoping to be able to hold launch events for artists as well as sell their records.
When it came to choosing a location, Sneinton Market was an obvious choice. The shop is surrounded by independent craft shops such as Wiff Waff Designs and Wolf Wytch apothecary.
Guohan said: “I’m not from Nottingham myself as I’m from China originally. I’ve heard stories about the history associated with the market. It’s becoming an area where many performers and creatives get together so we saw it because a really good place for us because there are opportunities with regard to collaboration in the future too. ”
Both Tom and Guohan are also DJs and music artists with performances at Little Brickhouse Cafe on Derby Road plus Carousel within Hockley. Their love of music has influenced what they sell in the shop but they also look regarding international musicians too.
“Myself and Mary love all kinds associated with music, through the 70s and 80s to disco and the particular new jazz electronic stuff that is happening in London. We are trying to share all kinds of music here, ” Guohan said.
“Tom linked up with the nice people at Sneinton Market post office and few people know they used to sell information there. They were mainly focused on selling records from India and Pakistan but they closed in the 90s. They still had a lot of records and we have almost all of the old stock which are rare and valuable records from the 70s and 80s. inch
He added: “We are trying to sell all sorts of music from around the world plus take inspiration from different countries. I love the stuff that we launch as well. We are both musicians who produce music and DJ too. inches
Support intended for the shop has been really positive with many buddies and vinyl fabric collectors stopping by to wish them luck and browse the particular collection. DJs in Nottingham have also been actually excited about the launch of the store.
“Everyone continues to be really supportive and friendly. DJs, close friends and neighbours have come in plus they love the space. We’ve had really good feedback since we released so we all feel encouraged to keep going further and bring good music into the shop. ”
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