Crate Minds: An Interview With Kai Engel, The Man Behind Funk-Boogie-Kai

For those of you following our Crate Minds series, you know already that many record sellers don’t necessarily own a brick and mortar store. That’s the case of Kai Engel, a German seller who sells music on our platform. And judging by the numbers, he’s been doing pretty good: more than 5,000 reviews and an inventory currently surpassing the 10,000 items are solid evidence of his stellar trajectory on Discogs. With all of that in mind, we wanted to ask him about his experience as a seller on Discogs, how did he become a record seller, his favorite album, and much more! But we’ll let him do the talking:

Interview with Kai Engel

Tell us who you are and how long you have been a Discogs user

My name is Kai Engel and I’m a Seller from Wiesbaden, which is very close to Frankfurt. My website is musikmarkt-wiesbaden.de and you can find me on Discogs under the name Funk-Boogie-Kai. I’ve been a Discogs user for longer than ten years now!

How did you get into selling on Discogs?

It was with the beginning of internet platforms in 1999. I was selling records and CDs over the internet very successfully. At this time, I was an employee of a bank and I was selling records and CDs in my free time at weekends. This business was growing and growing so I quit my job at the bank in 2004 to become a professional seller.

What is your favorite record store right now and why?

I have no special record store that I like most. I prefer record fairs because there you can find a lot of dealers from record stores selling records at the same time and in the same place. Especially the Mega Record Fair in Utrecht, it is the best place to buy all kinds of stuff you are searching for. Dealers from all over the world come and mostly they have records you’ve never seen before, that’s always a great experience.

Do you have a story that you’d like to share about record selling? Please tell us!

At the age of 15, I was already really addicted to records. I visited record stores in my hometown every single day and the sellers who worked in the record stores asked me very often about records or performers. That made me very proud and at this time and age, I made my decision to become a record dealer.

Do you have a favorite record of all-time?

At the age of 10, I got a Kiss record as a present: Alive!. My love for records was born. I have plenty of favorite records of all-time. So many brilliant ones! But if you ask me only for one record, I would say Pink Floyd‘s The Dark Side Of The Moon comes very close to that, and that’s just my opinion, others may disagree with me.

What is the most valuable item you’ve ever sold?

That was a classical record by Enrico Meinardi. The price was well over €1,000.

What does your personal collection look like?

My taste in music is very broad. I like old music and new music. Rock Pop would be called boring. But my heart is attached to black music, funk, boogie, jazz, funk, soul, and disco from the 70s and 80s. That is where my Seller’s name comes from: Funk-Boogie-Kai. Another focus for me is heavy metal from the 80s to the present day. My private collection contains about 3,000 records and more are added every day (:o

What has been your best record find?


There is no such thing. Every time you buy a collection you can always find records that you didn’t know before.

What is your number one tip for buyers and/or sellers on Discogs?

For Buyers, it is helpful to ask questions beforehand to see how the communication with the seller works. If he is willing to answer everything, the buyer has found a good seller. I would advise sellers to always be generous and to have friendly communication with everyone.

If you enjoyed this interview and you feel like it’s time to buy some records
You can buy records from Kai’s shop here.
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Javi Gómez Martínez
Javi is a Spanish immigrant currently living in Amsterdam and our social media and blog guy. When he's not working 9 to 5 (what a way to make a living), he spends his days obsessing about music, spending his Discogs salary on attending gigs and festivals, and going to the movies more than any doctor would recommend.
1 Comment
  • Feb 13,2020 at 09:36

    nice interview but rather superficial and bland.

    In terms of questions it could have gone a bit deeper. After checking the stock and grading of this seller I found it rather strange to see that for certain items, for example, this seller uses Mint for a cover with a cut-out saw mark? Or that a cover with stickers / writing is graded as VG +?
    I wonder if this seller uses the Goldmine Standard? Or his own interpretation?

    In addition to all the fun facts about the man I would rather have asked more specific questions like how he works with grading as a salesman. Or how he deals with certain difficult customers, or with issues such as service, packaging, postage, his point of view on how collecting and selling vinyl has changed since he started, etc. Things that ultimately concern us as buyers and sellers on a daily basis.

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