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Mold records shop owner conquers vinyl frontier

Published date: 30 January 2014 |
Published by: Elin McDonald
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A TINY store has been making a big impression after being named in the UK’s top 10 must-visit record shops.

In its lastest edition, music magazine Record Collector has listed VOD Music of New Street in Mold, as one of the UK’s most distinctive music shops.

The small shop is a mere 11ft x 6 ft, and is reputedly the nation’s smallest independent record store.

However, this doesn’t get in the way of sales for its’ music-loving owner Colin Trueman who is celebrating the outlet’s fifth birthday next week.

He maintains business is still going strong, despite some commercial stores struggling, and said: “It’s great that the shop has been chosen.

“I think what they were looking for was a record shop that was a little bit different and our success is probably partly down to our size.

“More and more young people are coming in to buy records these days.

“You still get people who like to sit down and listen to music, even though there are downloads available and music on the internet.

“People still like the idea of having something they can hold and we get people of all ages coming to see us.

“I like rock and roll so we sell anything from the Beatles onwards, including blues, jazz and indie music.”

VOD Music is one of two independent music shops in Wales to make the top 10 list – the other being Spillers Records of Cardiff, the oldest record shop still in existence.

Tim Jones, who put together the definitive list in Record Collector magazine and originally hails from Mold, said: “Size matters and this is certainly something to boast about.

“Conwy has Britain’s smallest house and Mold has the record store equivalent.

“The store seems to be going from strength to strength and it is good to see Mold with a record store again.”

Colin decided to buy his shop which sells a mixture of second-hand vinyls, CDs and new vinyls, on the back of his success at record fairs which encouraged him to promote the local music scene in Mold.

Its popularity was reflected in last year’s nationwide ‘Record Store Day’ as a queue of people waited along the street outside the shop for the special vinyl and CD releases made exclusively for the day.

One man queued outside from 5.30am to pick up a single from the shop and Colin is hoping this year’s event will be just as successful.

Colin revealed his biggest seller last year was Daft Punk’s award-winning Get Lucky, taken from the duo’s Random Access Memories album.

The shop is currently open four days a week, from Wednesday to Saturday.

This year, Record Store Day is on April 19 and will include live music at the Daniel Owen Community Centre in Mold.

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