Music store hoping for a vinyl revival in Southend

South Record Store, in Southchurch

South Record Store, in Southchurch

First published in News

A music fan is hoping for a vinyl revival in Southend after opening up the town centre’s only independent record store.

Richard Onslow, who has been in the music industry for the past decade, wants to take advantage of a resurgence of people buying 12in discs after opening up South Record Shop, in Queens Road.

Popular independent store Golden Disc closed down on the same road last year, while music giant HMV has had well-documented woes.

But that has not stopped Mr Onslow, originally from Canvey, from going into business, with his store offering classic second hand vinyls, plus all the latest albums on 12 inch, as well as CDs.

He said: “All you seem to hear about are record stores closing down so we’ve done the opposite.

“It’s a typical record shop and it’s nice to have something like this back in Southend.

“There’s a lot of young people getting into vinyl and people treasure those kinds of records.

“Since Golden Disc closed down I always thought it was a shame there were no record shops in the town centre.”

The store will offer most genres of music and Mr Onslowwill bring a decade’s worth of experience with him into his business.

He has worked with the biggest names in music, such as the White Stripes and Kerry Perry, during stints acting as s PR for major record labels EMI and XL Records.

Last year in Britain, just under a million vinyls were sold, the highest number for 14 years.

Mr Onslow said new albums such as Arctic Monkey’s latest effort, ‘AM’, were proving popular on 12 inch.

Shoppers were impressed by what the store offers to Southend’s town centre.

Liam Watkins, 17, from Canvey, said: “Southend used to be well known for its music scene so it’s nice to have shops like this that recapture it.

“It’s refreshing to have this kind of store in town because the only other option is HMV and that isn’t just a music shop anymore.

“I don’t have a big record collection, but vinyls let you savour the music.”

Oliver Tuohey, 18, of Rayleigh, added: “There isn’t a music shop in Rayleigh so it’s good that this has opened up, and there’s not many places around here where you can buy vinyl.”

The shop is open seven days a week – 10am to 7pm Mondays to Saturdays and 11am to 4pm on Sundays

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9:57am Wed 19 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.
Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -17

10:02am Wed 19 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.
many still have and have now brought a turn table, as they own (Me included) piles of albums and 12 inchers (Ooo errr) from the 70's80's90's and singles.
Carmel records westcliff has been around since the ice age, was'nt there another vinyl shop that opened up and then closed down again in Southend last year.?
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.[/p][/quote]many still have and have now brought a turn table, as they own (Me included) piles of albums and 12 inchers (Ooo errr) from the 70's80's90's and singles. Carmel records westcliff has been around since the ice age, was'nt there another vinyl shop that opened up and then closed down again in Southend last year.? DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 11

10:05am Wed 19 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.
many still have and have now brought a turn table, as they own (Me included) piles of albums and 12 inchers (Ooo errr) from the 70's80's90's and singles.
Carmel records westcliff has been around since the ice age, was'nt there another vinyl shop that opened up and then closed down again in Southend last year.?
Was that Record Mart? or how about the old Pie shop? both very established, yet went under...
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.[/p][/quote]many still have and have now brought a turn table, as they own (Me included) piles of albums and 12 inchers (Ooo errr) from the 70's80's90's and singles. Carmel records westcliff has been around since the ice age, was'nt there another vinyl shop that opened up and then closed down again in Southend last year.?[/p][/quote]Was that Record Mart? or how about the old Pie shop? both very established, yet went under... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -4

10:05am Wed 19 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Good news and good luck mate.

I'll pop in and have a butcher's soon.
Good news and good luck mate. I'll pop in and have a butcher's soon. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 17

10:36am Wed 19 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.
Another full marks for trying, but your right it is a specialist area and turnover is the key in making a success of it..... i hope it works out though, vinyl is not just about nostalgia, it's truly superior to CD in some respects...
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.[/p][/quote]Another full marks for trying, but your right it is a specialist area and turnover is the key in making a success of it..... i hope it works out though, vinyl is not just about nostalgia, it's truly superior to CD in some respects... pembury53
  • Score: 15

10:43am Wed 19 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

pembury53 wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.
Another full marks for trying, but your right it is a specialist area and turnover is the key in making a success of it..... i hope it works out though, vinyl is not just about nostalgia, it's truly superior to CD in some respects...
True you can't perfect your scratching skills on a CD or Laptop.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.[/p][/quote]Another full marks for trying, but your right it is a specialist area and turnover is the key in making a success of it..... i hope it works out though, vinyl is not just about nostalgia, it's truly superior to CD in some respects...[/p][/quote]True you can't perfect your scratching skills on a CD or Laptop. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 3

10:45am Wed 19 Mar 14

Leighdweller says...

Good luck, but I'm not sure experience working for a record label translates to experience running a shop.
Good luck, but I'm not sure experience working for a record label translates to experience running a shop. Leighdweller
  • Score: 2

11:28am Wed 19 Mar 14

DCLEIGH says...

If he has done his market research and formulated a business plan and it all points to a going concern, good luck to him.....Otherwise hard luck but he should have been more sensible.
If he has done his market research and formulated a business plan and it all points to a going concern, good luck to him.....Otherwise hard luck but he should have been more sensible. DCLEIGH
  • Score: 9

11:56am Wed 19 Mar 14

Maya Pinnion says...

Good luck richard onslow
Good luck richard onslow Maya Pinnion
  • Score: 8

12:23pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mthraves says...

Went there on opening day (my son and I are actually shown in the photo looking through the vinyl!). Great selection of new and old records. We came away with a dozen albums and singles.

I hope it proves successful for Richard Onslow, we'll be returning soon!
Went there on opening day (my son and I are actually shown in the photo looking through the vinyl!). Great selection of new and old records. We came away with a dozen albums and singles. I hope it proves successful for Richard Onslow, we'll be returning soon! mthraves
  • Score: 7

12:59pm Wed 19 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma kessense wrote: Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.
Another full marks for trying, but your right it is a specialist area and turnover is the key in making a success of it..... i hope it works out though, vinyl is not just about nostalgia, it's truly superior to CD in some respects...
True you can't perfect your scratching skills on a CD or Laptop.
they were the days..... choon !
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.[/p][/quote]Another full marks for trying, but your right it is a specialist area and turnover is the key in making a success of it..... i hope it works out though, vinyl is not just about nostalgia, it's truly superior to CD in some respects...[/p][/quote]True you can't perfect your scratching skills on a CD or Laptop.[/p][/quote]they were the days..... choon ! pembury53
  • Score: 4

2:30pm Wed 19 Mar 14

blahblahcanvey says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.
Wow, seems like a right old gang of Mary Portas's are operating on here.

I bow to your superior knowledge of high street trading.

For the record, the shop is a breath of fresh air and much needed. Vinyl sales are very strong at the moment and people bore of trawling discogs for their vinyl. There's nothing like finding that perfect record and travelling to London for your fix down Berwick Street or Notting Hill gets monotonous. Expect to see people coming to Southend from East London as well to buy their vinyl too. It's a day out remember!
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.[/p][/quote]Wow, seems like a right old gang of Mary Portas's are operating on here. I bow to your superior knowledge of high street trading. For the record, the shop is a breath of fresh air and much needed. Vinyl sales are very strong at the moment and people bore of trawling discogs for their vinyl. There's nothing like finding that perfect record and travelling to London for your fix down Berwick Street or Notting Hill gets monotonous. Expect to see people coming to Southend from East London as well to buy their vinyl too. It's a day out remember! blahblahcanvey
  • Score: 8

4:16pm Wed 19 Mar 14

DannyK86 says...

I think key to him getting enough turnover will be to sell the records online as well. That opens up a much larger client base.
I think key to him getting enough turnover will be to sell the records online as well. That opens up a much larger client base. DannyK86
  • Score: 1

4:40pm Wed 19 Mar 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Think a generation is realising their missing out and tired of MP3 Cherry Picking Downloads. They are discovering a world of the tactile experience of vinyl. It's not just the music but the artwork too on those covers. Good Luck guys in a new-old emerging market. Soon maybe the full length concept album will maybe make a comeback .Who knows? A younger generation will drive it, not the hard nosed music promoters as they did in the 1950s and early 1960's.
Think a generation is realising their missing out and tired of MP3 Cherry Picking Downloads. They are discovering a world of the tactile experience of vinyl. It's not just the music but the artwork too on those covers. Good Luck guys in a new-old emerging market. Soon maybe the full length concept album will maybe make a comeback .Who knows? A younger generation will drive it, not the hard nosed music promoters as they did in the 1950s and early 1960's. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 7

8:30am Thu 20 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

blahblahcanvey wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.
Wow, seems like a right old gang of Mary Portas's are operating on here.

I bow to your superior knowledge of high street trading.

For the record, the shop is a breath of fresh air and much needed. Vinyl sales are very strong at the moment and people bore of trawling discogs for their vinyl. There's nothing like finding that perfect record and travelling to London for your fix down Berwick Street or Notting Hill gets monotonous. Expect to see people coming to Southend from East London as well to buy their vinyl too. It's a day out remember!
Thank you, though no need to bow, having been around the music scene for over 40 years, I do know my stuff, and whilst Your mentioned London locations are worth a visit, they do suffer greatly inflated prices, which might lend you to think there's a goldmine, to be made in vinyl sales, not so.
High end record decks are that for the very reason, how far do you thing your average South Essex boy will go, to meet those speciality decks ? as for the romantic retro idea, of going back to the good old days, remember vinyl, whilst iconic, is also a redundant stepping stone, on the path to music deliverance.
[quote][p][bold]blahblahcanvey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.[/p][/quote]Wow, seems like a right old gang of Mary Portas's are operating on here. I bow to your superior knowledge of high street trading. For the record, the shop is a breath of fresh air and much needed. Vinyl sales are very strong at the moment and people bore of trawling discogs for their vinyl. There's nothing like finding that perfect record and travelling to London for your fix down Berwick Street or Notting Hill gets monotonous. Expect to see people coming to Southend from East London as well to buy their vinyl too. It's a day out remember![/p][/quote]Thank you, though no need to bow, having been around the music scene for over 40 years, I do know my stuff, and whilst Your mentioned London locations are worth a visit, they do suffer greatly inflated prices, which might lend you to think there's a goldmine, to be made in vinyl sales, not so. High end record decks are that for the very reason, how far do you thing your average South Essex boy will go, to meet those speciality decks ? as for the romantic retro idea, of going back to the good old days, remember vinyl, whilst iconic, is also a redundant stepping stone, on the path to music deliverance. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -1

9:01am Thu 20 Mar 14

leighonsea12 says...

As the article states, vinyl sales are currently on a high compared to previous years which is a great sign. You only have to go down to London and visit places like Camden to see how popular Vinyl shops still are.

The DJ and music scene in Southend is incredibly popular and there are many DJs that perform in some of the bars and clubs around town that still use vinyl. This will provide them with a local store rather than having to visit London or use the internet to buy new editions. Plus it's always great to have a new, independent store supporting the local economy!
As the article states, vinyl sales are currently on a high compared to previous years which is a great sign. You only have to go down to London and visit places like Camden to see how popular Vinyl shops still are. The DJ and music scene in Southend is incredibly popular and there are many DJs that perform in some of the bars and clubs around town that still use vinyl. This will provide them with a local store rather than having to visit London or use the internet to buy new editions. Plus it's always great to have a new, independent store supporting the local economy! leighonsea12
  • Score: 1

9:27am Thu 20 Mar 14

Letmetryagain says...

Good luck to him, but I don't think it will work. I hope I'm wrong.

Didn't there used to be a similar shop between Southchurch Road and Warrior Square ?
Good luck to him, but I don't think it will work. I hope I'm wrong. Didn't there used to be a similar shop between Southchurch Road and Warrior Square ? Letmetryagain
  • Score: 0

11:17am Thu 20 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

SARFENDMAN wrote:
Think a generation is realising their missing out and tired of MP3 Cherry Picking Downloads. They are discovering a world of the tactile experience of vinyl. It's not just the music but the artwork too on those covers. Good Luck guys in a new-old emerging market. Soon maybe the full length concept album will maybe make a comeback .Who knows? A younger generation will drive it, not the hard nosed music promoters as they did in the 1950s and early 1960's.
You can't skin up on a download.....
[quote][p][bold]SARFENDMAN[/bold] wrote: Think a generation is realising their missing out and tired of MP3 Cherry Picking Downloads. They are discovering a world of the tactile experience of vinyl. It's not just the music but the artwork too on those covers. Good Luck guys in a new-old emerging market. Soon maybe the full length concept album will maybe make a comeback .Who knows? A younger generation will drive it, not the hard nosed music promoters as they did in the 1950s and early 1960's.[/p][/quote]You can't skin up on a download..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

3:45am Tue 25 Mar 14

Roland660 says...

There are numerous record shops in Southend and Leigh all selling vinyl which is very popular and a growing market.
There is Leigh Record Exchange, Rock n Roll in Southchurch, Carmel in Westcliff, Record museum in Southend, South, and another in Hamlet Court Road.
People are now starting to realise that the quality of digital music is far inferior to analogue and that they have been missing out on the whole experience of actually sitting down and listening to music properly.
There are numerous record shops in Southend and Leigh all selling vinyl which is very popular and a growing market. There is Leigh Record Exchange, Rock n Roll in Southchurch, Carmel in Westcliff, Record museum in Southend, South, and another in Hamlet Court Road. People are now starting to realise that the quality of digital music is far inferior to analogue and that they have been missing out on the whole experience of actually sitting down and listening to music properly. Roland660
  • Score: 0

11:51am Tue 25 Mar 14

blahblahcanvey says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
blahblahcanvey wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma


kessense
wrote:
Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.
Wow, seems like a right old gang of Mary Portas's are operating on here.

I bow to your superior knowledge of high street trading.

For the record, the shop is a breath of fresh air and much needed. Vinyl sales are very strong at the moment and people bore of trawling discogs for their vinyl. There's nothing like finding that perfect record and travelling to London for your fix down Berwick Street or Notting Hill gets monotonous. Expect to see people coming to Southend from East London as well to buy their vinyl too. It's a day out remember!
Thank you, though no need to bow, having been around the music scene for over 40 years, I do know my stuff, and whilst Your mentioned London locations are worth a visit, they do suffer greatly inflated prices, which might lend you to think there's a goldmine, to be made in vinyl sales, not so.
High end record decks are that for the very reason, how far do you thing your average South Essex boy will go, to meet those speciality decks ? as for the romantic retro idea, of going back to the good old days, remember vinyl, whilst iconic, is also a redundant stepping stone, on the path to music deliverance.
If they wanted a goldmine they would've opened a coffee house.

That said though, I doubt Rough Trade are scratching around for pennies down the back of the sofa to pay their electric bills...
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blahblahcanvey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Full marks for trying, however, if vinyl could be played by every one who had a CD player you'd have a chance, trouble is it's a specialist area these days, and whilst this seller is passionate about records of this type, it is very much a has been.[/p][/quote]Wow, seems like a right old gang of Mary Portas's are operating on here. I bow to your superior knowledge of high street trading. For the record, the shop is a breath of fresh air and much needed. Vinyl sales are very strong at the moment and people bore of trawling discogs for their vinyl. There's nothing like finding that perfect record and travelling to London for your fix down Berwick Street or Notting Hill gets monotonous. Expect to see people coming to Southend from East London as well to buy their vinyl too. It's a day out remember![/p][/quote]Thank you, though no need to bow, having been around the music scene for over 40 years, I do know my stuff, and whilst Your mentioned London locations are worth a visit, they do suffer greatly inflated prices, which might lend you to think there's a goldmine, to be made in vinyl sales, not so. High end record decks are that for the very reason, how far do you thing your average South Essex boy will go, to meet those speciality decks ? as for the romantic retro idea, of going back to the good old days, remember vinyl, whilst iconic, is also a redundant stepping stone, on the path to music deliverance.[/p][/quote]If they wanted a goldmine they would've opened a coffee house. That said though, I doubt Rough Trade are scratching around for pennies down the back of the sofa to pay their electric bills... blahblahcanvey
  • Score: 0

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