The very first Crate Diggers Record Fair in Dallas, which will take place on March 4th, 2017 at Club Dada is rapidly approaching! Featuring a record fair during the day, followed by an all night after party, Crate Diggers is the ultimate event for record collectors, vinyl-junkies, and music lovers! Leading up the the Dallas debut, we spoke with Joshua Kynd, co-owner of Dallas shop Retroplex Records And More, who will be selling records at the Record Fair.
Please tell us a bit about Retroplex and its history.
Retroplex Records is owned and operated by husband and wife Josh and Amber. The storefront was given a go in 2008 and did not do so well. We remained buying and selling online till 2016 when we opened the current storefront. I have been a DJ in Dallas for 22 years. My record collection grew very large being as active as I was. I have always bought collections from friends and people to build my collection bigger and always had a ton left over. So I started selling them out of my house to my DJ friends. It slowly turned to a second income. 15 years later we have built a stock of 50,000-plus. The store houses between 6,000 to 8,000 records on any open day. Then we have the online stock which is currently around 5,000 which is (also) available to in-store customers.
What sets you apart and makes Retroplex unique?
What makes Retroplex different from other shops is that we are not just a record store, we also deal in vintage and unique items. You can find 70’s deco, to clothing, to furniture. Along with a large stock of cool odds-and-ends, the store is split into three sections. The vintage shop, the record shop, and our online stock all in one place. We also take a different approach to the records we sell. All of our bins are graded to be VG+ to Mint. We price these with the market price the records are going for at the time of being priced. We bag each record and make labels for each record stating the grade of the media and jacket as well as the genre, year, label, artist and release title all printed one a big label made easy to read. Everything under $5 is counted as our discount bin records, which are crates on the floor for the diggers. We carry a decent amount of just about every genre out there.
You mentioned previously having a storefront in 2008, then re-opening in 2016. What made you decide to get back into the retail business?
After waiting to pull the trigger for a long time, we decided to open the storefront for a second time after 8 years. The deciding factor was when we started to overflow our house with online stock. Discogs has been our home for online sales for a long time. We started seeing an increase in sales and learning of the spikes in sales of record players and new vinyl. After coming up with the vintage idea to add to the mix, it all seemed like we should give it another go. This time me and my wife both run the shop full time. We are still getting known and building, but this has been a very fun adventure.
What’s in your personal record collection?
My personal collection is hard to pinpoint what you will find in it. I myself am a Jazz and Funk collector. But I’m also a fan of 80s and 90s 12″ singles. This can go from Synth-Pop, Hip Hop, House, Techno, Electro, and Breaks. Really all Electronic genres. I also collect Indie Rock and rare Disco. So yeah, you can say “a little bit of everything.” I really kind of feel that my store is my collection because I personally pick and choose what to sell in it. Not to say its all music I like only, but with a smaller space we host a lot more then just commons. So till the moment it sells it is still part of my collection in a way.
You also mentioned that you’ve been DJing in Dallas for 22 years. Where can people find you, and what would they hear you spinning?
Joshua Kynd is my DJ/producer name. I am an underground House and Techno DJ. I play at many clubs in the DFW area, but the only residency I have is an all vinyl classic House monthly I host at a bar called Off The Record in Deep Ellum. You can all catch me playing 80’s dance, Disco-Funk and Yacht Rock sets here and there.
I visited Dallas for the first time last year, and I was surprised by how strong of a vinyl scene the DFW has. Would you agree and if so, what would you attribute this to?
Being an all-vinyl DJ for 22 years, I have seen the rise and fall of record stores in Dallas throughout the years. The thing is, once one falls another rises, if not two or more. They all do well for a decent amount of time but seem to lose the drive. Hard to say why they do not make it. But there are some stores that have been here for 30+ years. Bill’s Records is probably the longest running store I can remember in Dallas. I think the difference between now and 10-15 years ago is the Internet has made selling draw more, and even enough income to help operate and keep things going. Right now there are over 15 places to go shop for records in the DFW area. Dallas can be a supportive city of the music, and as a record store owner I see the numbers growing stronger.
Do you use Discogs? If so, what site features do you use?
What can people expect to find at your table at Crate Diggers?
Crate Diggers Dallas, presented by Discogs and Grimy!, takes place on March 4th, 2017 at Club Dada. The epic FREE event begins with a Record Fair at noon, featuring 30+ vendors and 7 local DJs. The After Party goes from 8 PM until 3 AM and features headlining DJs J. Rocc, Kai Alcé, and Zernell.