Record Store Day at Phoenix Sound - 22/04/2017

I've covered Record Store Day with MusicMuso a few times now and it's now rapidly turning into one of my favourite events to cover each year. I spend a lot of time in the pit shooting various musicians and bands but I don't really get a chance to connect with people. I might just manage a short chat over the roar of the music but you can't really hold a conversation.

So I was very excited about joining Steve from MusicMuso to cover Record Store Day this year at Phoenix Sound in Newton Abbot.  However, my excitement seemed to diminish a little when the alarm went off at 6 am. It's not that I'm not used to getting up early but I had a late finish yesterday after shooting coastal landscapes in Cornwall. Anyway, it was nothing a strong cup of black coffee wouldn't fix!

I don't know Newton Abbot that well so I wasn't sure where exactly Phoenix Sound was but as I turned the corner at Queen Street and saw the extensive queue I knew I had the right place. Time to get to work!

Over the next couple of hours, I took pictures of the shop, the vinyl on sale and those eager vinyl fans. There is no doubt that some of those shoppers, who started queuing at 3:30 am, are a passionate and fun bunch. Despite most of them probably having even less sleep than me they were more than willing to discuss their purchases and their passion for vinyl.   It was just good to engage with and photograph so many dedicated music fans.

Anyway, expect a full write-up of our trip to Record Store Day at Phoenix Sound in Newton Abbot over on MusicMuso really soon, but in the meantime here are some of the shots that I took...See you next time on The Unplugged Blog.


Record Store Day 2016 at The Drift Record Shop in Totnes - 16/04/2016

Record Store Day

I last covered Record Store Day back in 2014 and I remember it being a great morning.  So when Steve from MusicMuso asked me to join him this year there was no way I was going to say no!

Fortunately neither Steve or I were actually shopping for vinyl this year so we didn't need to be there particularly early.  When we arrived it was a very socially acceptable 8am.  There was a good crowd there already so we go to work straight away.

The Drift Record Shop

Looking after us were the excellent staff at The Drift Record Shop who let us speak to their customers and wonder about their awesome shop.  Here are some the images that I took:


If you want to read more about our visit to The Drift Record Shop pop on over to MusicMuso who will be popping up review in the very near future!

I'll be shooting Molotov Jukebox this Thursday at The Cavern in Exeter so stay tuned to my Instagram and Twitter feeds for images posted live from the gig.  See you next time on The Unplugged Blog!