Still rocking it old school


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 18 Jul 2020

Smooth tunes: Tan playing some music on his old LP player at his shop located in Komtar, George Town.

GEORGE TOWN: The market for vinyl records and CDs may be dying but to audiophiles, nothing beats the sensory experience these formats deliver.

Music shop owner Joey Tan, 40, said vinyl records and CDs, which are still sought after by serious audiophiles, provide a different experience.

“From the richness of the tune to the beats and to the rhythm of the music, these formats offer a fantastic experience.

“The songs and music pressed into these formats are of excellent quality.

“Through a good vinyl record, for example, you can hear the richness, the details in the instruments and truly feel the mood of the song.

“This is why even after all these years some people are still adding to their collection,” he said when met at his shop in Komtar yesterday.

He added that no matter how top-notch your sound system might be, digital formats were no match for the classics.

Tan, an avid music lover and collector himself, has hundreds of vinyl records and thousands of CDs in his shop.

“I have been in this field for over 25 years but only started my own shop two years ago.

“Despite the downward trend of keeping physical records I still wanted to be involved as I love music.

“I particularly love jazz, and as such, I sell mostly records from this genre.

“Although I do not make big money, it makes me happy and content as I always come across music lovers who patronise my shop and I can chat or share my interests with them.

“Right now, there are not too many people who are into this stuff, but I would say, I have a solid customer base who are lovers of old-school music and some classic pieces.

“These are the people who would willingly fork out hundreds or thousands to keep collections of music they love.

“And I am glad to keep my business going, thanks to these music lovers,” he said.

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