Warrington Record Store brings together the city’s music community
The popularity of the record collection has skyrocketed in recent years, with vinyl record sales continuing to increase year on year.
Record collectors across the country regularly visit their local record store for the latest releases from their favorite artists, to rediscover classic albums from decades past or to purchase limited editions on Record Store Day.
In Cheshire there are many record stores to visit including Up North Records, Tasty Records, Electric Church, and Warrington’s Lizard Inc Records.
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Lizard Records Inc is located on Legh Street in downtown Warrington and has become a must-see destination for music lovers and record collectors.
The store was created by owner and DJ Steven Davidson, a record collector from a young age.
âI’ve been a DJ for years and a record collector for years. I’ve been in music since I was a kid, since I was really young, and because everyone knew I had an interest in records, they would call me and I would visit people’s houses and buy them records. I would buy them in charity shops, markets and car boots. I had amassed a lot of records, which were all right at home. “
When a friend had a spare bedroom next to his business, Steven decided to use his passion for record collecting and turn it into a business.
âThere was this little room here in the back and I said, ‘Oh, what are you doing with the little room?’. He said, ‘I don’t really know.’ have plenty of records, I could open a small record store.
âI got it, I went in and was working in the construction industry at the time, so I went in and did the work in the shop – I did. put the disks in and just opened. “
The record store describes itself on its social networks as “Your favorite little vinyl store tucked away in the heart of the cultural district of Warrington.”
“Racks of beautiful vinyl and plenty enough to keep any box excavator digging for hours.”
Lizard Inc Records buys and sells records in stores, stocking new reissues of vinyl records and used inventory. They also offer a mail order service.
âFirst and foremost, I buy vinyl. If people are looking, ‘where can I sell my records in Warrington?’ I want me to be there,â Steven says. “I go to flea markets when I can, record fairs wherever I can.”
âYou get to know your customers,â adds Steven. “I really want to put people on the music. I’m going to say, here, listen to this. Most of the time when I do that, people leave with the records.”
Lizard Records Inc also hosts in-store events, which have previously featured sets from renowned DJs from artists such as Starsailor, and pop-up stands at music festivals.
âSometimes we have DJs playing here because we are also DJs. We will promote our own parties.
âStarsailor did a gig here. Grandmaster Flash – we ended up going DJing for him, warming up for him at Parr Hall. We had quite a few DJs in the store, big names.â
âAt the end of this month, we’re setting up a booth at a festival in Cambridge. It’s called the ‘We out here’ festival. We’re setting up the record store there. My partner and I, we’re going to be also a DJ there, so we’re buzzing about that. “
Steven is always keen to share his love of music with customers and the store has become a community hub for people who are already record collectors and those who are just starting their collections.
âThe store is a cool little place. When people come in, I want them to feel like they belong. This is their store.
âIf young children come here, with their father or whatever, I always turn to them and say, ‘Is this for you? Have you just started your collection?’ I have this good deal of stuff costing around Â£ 3 and I’m going to say, go on, use one of them, my compliments to help you jumpstart your record collection. “
Reflecting on the popularity of vinyl records, Steven is passionate about encouraging younger generations to collect records, adding that “vinyl is the answer. There is no substitute for vinyl”.
âI think the reason it’s become popular is because they’re great, they’re cool, you have liner notes you can read, they look brilliant in a collection. any apartment always looks cool with a record wall i think, and you got something tangible.
âYou can hold it in your hands, you can watch it, you can cherish it and you can listen to it. You can read the sleeve notes while you listen to your record. For young children, it’s a new phenomenon. . It’s not an old phenomenon. “