Record Stores Are Dead. Long Live Record Stores.
For all the talk of how declining physical music sales are killing independent retail, nobody is mentioning the rise of the niche record stores from coast to coast. While the chains continue to let their market share slip through their fingers in the music world, who are these new crops of music retailers that are quietly, but effectively, putting passion and excitement back into the physical music buying experience?
Hank Stockard is the Sales Manager for Redeye Distribution and oversees a team of full time sales representatives that work in all aspects of music distribution, both physical and digital. He has worked for over a decade in the music industry at both the label and distribution levels with a focus on the growth and development of independent music.
Stephen Judge is the owner of the legendary Schoolkids Records of Raleigh, NC which was voted by Time Magazine and the Grammys as one of the top 10 most iconic independent record stores in the country. Schoolkids is a founder member of the CIMS Coalition (Coalition of Independent Music Stores) and still an active member.
Dir of Mktg
Record Store Day/Music Monitor Network
CARRIE COLLITON is the "Crew Chief" for Record Store Day, handling detail organization and the flow of information to stores and the public. She has worked for indie record stores since college, and her day job is Director of Marketing for Dept. of Record Stores, a coalition of indie record stores.
Northern Spy Records
Adam Downey is the co-owner of the emerging experimental bellwether label Northern Spy Records as well as Clandestine, a company offering PR, marketing, and distribution services to a small group of like-minded record labels. He is also booking a new music series at the DIY performance space Trans-Pecos in Ridgewood, Queens.