Crate Diggers London: Plates Record Store Isn’t Interested In Trends
Discogs sponsored Crate Diggers Record Fair makes its London debut on September 30th, 2017 at Oval Space! Sandwiched between its second event in Berlin, and its first appearance in Amsterdam, Crate Diggers is the ultimate event for record collectors, vinyl junkies, and music fans! The day begins with a record fair featuring 30+ vendors and 6 local DJs, then moves into an all-night after party, featuring Rick Wilhite, Mike Huckaby, and Zernell!
In preparation for Crate Diggers London, we caught up with Nottingham record store and Discogs seller Plates., who will be selling records at the event.
What is your name and your role?
My name’s Nick and I’m the founder of Plates.
Can you tell us a bit about Plates and its history?
We started just under three years ago in a run down space above the Irish Centre on the outskirts of Nottingham city. The old place was great fun but business was slow; it was only a matter of time before we had to move to a more central location to survive. For over a year now we have been based underneath the Malt Cross pub and our setup includes our own studio, a unique cave events space and our dedicated underground record shop.
What was your inspiration for opening a record store?
Most simply, an innate connection to music and discovering stuff on vinyl.
What sets you apart and makes Plates unique?
As far as we know, we are one of the only record shops in the world with a dub cutting studio attached! What sets us apart in Nottingham is our diverse range of stock and that our selection process isn’t interested in best seller lists or trends. Our main goal with Plates is to build a community with local artists and fans to bring people together via music.
What do you enjoy most about running your store?
Discovering music and meeting people with the same goal.
Do you have any memorable moments that have occurred in your store?
Too many to mention; the best are often random customer requests. Recently we had a drop in visit from grime MC Big Narstie which got a bit mad. Most memorable party was with local guys, Leftback records. They turned the shop into a full on club for the evening and was so rammed we couldn’t move!
Do you use Discogs? If so, which features do you use?
Yes, we use Discogs for reaching international customers and it provides some extra business for people that can’t reach us in person.
What types of records can people expect to find at your table at Crate Diggers? Is there anything you’ll be digging for for yourself?
Quality dance music across all styles from 1990-present day. Rare and classic Reggae, World, Jazz, dub plates and much, much more. Personally I’ll be hoping to dig anything that’s not Beatles or Rolling Stones, etc.!
Anything else you’d like us to know?
We are always on the lookout for people to get involved or join our artist/DJ collective. Next year will bring our own Plates record label and we are looking for musicians and beatmakers across the board – submissions/ideas always welcome! Also, make sure you check out our very own online video series, Selectors.
Be sure to catch Crate Diggers London on September 30th, 2017 at Oval Space! The epic FREE event begins with a record fair at 12:00, featuring 30+ vendors and 6 local DJs. The After Party goes from 22:00 until 5:00 and features DJ sets by Rick Wilhite, Mike Huckaby, and Zernell. See you there!