Back in April, on International Record Store Day of all days, the Isle of Man permanently got a little bit funkier.
Local lad Jack Doyle opened the official residence of Sound Records, after months of popping up at various locations and events around the Island.
He’d built quite the cult following his stint in Onchan Precinct, so we thought we’d go have a bev with him to celebrate 6 months in his (new-ish) home – and also to find out what he’s got on the turntables for the next 6…
Alright mate! So tell Gef, how’ve the last 6 months treated you?!
It’s gone so quick, time really flies! The shop opening was crazy busy, people gave great feedback and had such enthusiasm, which I was buzzing about! Since then, I’ve seen a lot of people come back and become regulars, which is amazing. I love catching up with them and finding out what everyone has been listening to.
One good thing about the shop is how much new music I’m finding out about and passing onto new customers, it’s class seeing how much they enjoy it!
I’ve been listening to all sorts since opening, which I love. Every week we see new faces and are now building up a steady clientele.
Outside of the shop, we have been involved in loads of pop-up events. We were part of Dark Horse Festival again this summer, this time in my semi-finished ‘rolling record store’. We had a great time, lots of fun with great music; including an unplanned DJ set on the last night for those still standing!
This festival gets better every year so I’m really glad to a part of it!
How was TT?
Ha! TT was mental! Such a good time in Bushy’s Village! How amazing did they do!? Well done Bushy’s, love ye! ❤️
I’ll be honest, it was hard work running the shop in the day then the pop-up at night, but it was well worth it.
One night it started raining which meant people came into the pop-up shop for shelter. I thought I’d be a good host and play some disco tunes for everyone… next thing I know I look up and the tent is packed full with people dancing!!
We ended up having a bit of a boogie in there most nights after that, as news got around about it and people kept coming back. I have had a lot of work DJ’ing off the back of that too, which has been great!
So yeah… TT was incredible, Gef’s Big Top was fun too when I was there on a night off!
What’s planned for the rest of the year?
So in the very near future I’m going to be opening up a listening booth in the shop! This means that you can come and have a listen to records in your own time, get comfy, have a brew and find something new to listen to. I’ll be adding a few other quirky additions to the shop too!
We’ll be putting on a couple of events as well, seen as though we had so much fun at TT, we thought why not!?
I think first up will be at Peggy’s…we’re going to be throwing some disco tunes down there! Pretty excited about that, looking forward to seeing what you guys do with the place.
Douglas has been crying out for a new cool venue, can’t wait to get involved!
We’ll also be putting a night on down at Compton Vaults in Castletown, which is the coolest little place that’s opened over here in ages! If you haven’t been yet, go check it out. 30th Nov this one and I’ll be releasing more info about that night soon, but expect a funky night in a cool venue!
Aside from partying, we’re getting involved with a collective of start-ups to create a new vintage market for the island.
We’ll be popping up in different quirky locations and providing good tunes, nice vibes and cool vintage/retro items including a few different vintage clothing stalls. The first is on Nov 4 @ Compton Vaults so come on down!
And then it’ll be Christmas! So will be in the shop selling loads of records hopefully! And for those yet to embrace the return of vinyl, we now sell a range of turntables to help get you started. We’ve got a few record players in stock at a range of prices…we reckon they’re a great idea for a Christmas present! 😉
Any big plans for 2019?
Well we’re always looking to get bigger and better, so next year we’ll be keeping the momentum going and expanding what we can offer on the record front.
On the events side of things, we’re planning on having a few good nights dotted throughout the year and if all goes to plan, maybe even the beginning of a Sound Records festival!
We’re looking at joining our friends at Dark Horse Festival again and next year we are planning bigger and better things with our own area so expect more disco, funk and soul all weekend.
We’ve always got ideas and love collaborating so hopefully we can do more of this in 2019. We want more to happen over here, create more for the younger lot to do so we’d love to make that happen!
And we’re on the lookout for some alternative venues to hold some incredible nights we have planned, so if anyone out there knows of any or would like to help then please get in touch.
Pop in and pay Jack a visit at Sound Records at 9-11 Duke Street, Lower Ground Floor in Douglas, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.