The Discogs community is and has always been a collaborative effort, and we take pride in supporting our sellers. Last year, Discogs took Crate Diggers events around the world and as a result, we are launching a new series via the Crate Diggers brand that has a simple mission:
Highlight record stores and our music collecting community worldwide.
For one of our initial Crate Diggers Spotlights, we are highlighting Chicago record store 606 Records, and will be presenting their in-store event, 606 Sessions. We spoke with shop partner Drew Mitchell in advance of the event.
What is your role at 606 Records, and can you give us a bit of background on yourself?
I’ve been a collector for over 20 years and just flat out have a love for vinyl and music. I worked for a technology company for 15 years, said “Funk the grind,” and linked up with Tim (neighbor across the street) to plan opening the store. This was about five years ago. Tim used to be a dance buyer for Virgin Records roughly 10 years ago. We’re co-owners with two part time employees.
How long has your store been in business?
We opened October of 2015
Does your shop have a specialty? What sets your store apart from others?
We focus on buying and selling vinyl from smaller independent labels across all genres, starting with the local Chicago scene. Our Electronic stock is pretty big versus most stores (includes House, Disco, Techno, Ambient, Experimental, Minimal, Industrial, etc). Our 45s section is 1000 plus. We host release parties and in-stores, which is pretty common but we also have two turntables for DJs to rock the house system, plus three listening stations.
What was your inspiration for opening a record store?
I always hit a record store everywhere I travel, not to mention spending serious change at local stores over the years. Having worked a day job for so long and getting burned out, the inspiration came from loving music and connecting with people. It just made sense.
What do you enjoy most about running your shop?
100% connecting with customers or just people that check us out. Obviously music all day, every day if that needs to be mentioned.
Do you have any favorite or memorable moments in the shop thus far?
We hosted an event called “24×24.” It was a fundraiser for a local radio station (Lumpen Radio 105.5 FM, they’re dope btw!) and started at 12 noon on a Saturday and ended 12 noon the following day. 24 hours, 24 DJs with sales at the shop, nice vibes, it streamed on the radio…it was amazing!
What does your personal collection look like?
I’m pretty deep into collecting 45s (Rare Groove, Funk, Afrobeat, Latin, Reggae). I still DJ at bars/lounges and events, so I try to keep the collection semi-fresh. At home it’s both Jazz and music to get my kids dancing.
Do you use Discogs? If so, what features do you use?
If in Chicago, IL, on June 23rd, 2018, join us at Crate Diggers Presents: 606 Sessions. Live DJ’s will be in the mix all day, 10% off of all in-store purchases, giveaways, free pizza and beer from Lo-Rez Brewing, and even free domestic shipping through 606’s Discogs and online shops!