Get to know the people behind the Discogs accounts in our Crate Minds series! This week, meet Stoke-On-Trent, UK-based Discogs record seller Louisangel, who has been swapping records since he was 8 years old.
What’s your name and role?
My name is Pete Bromley, aka Louisangel – Record buyer, seller, husband, dad and DJ ;-)
Where does your Discogs username Louisangel originate from?
Its a pretty random name, taken from 2 hitmen characters in a John Connolly book that my wife was reading at the time – only one buyer has ever picked up on this.
When did you start selling records on Discogs?
I made my first sale in Oct 2006 – sold a spare copy of “LFO” by LFO – I think I had only listed about 50 items at this point.
How did you get into selling records?
I have always been into trading and selling records from a very early age as it always helped to buy more records. I got my first job in a record store in 1991. My first memorable transaction was swapping a Generation X single for a Star Wars action figure with a boy that lived in my street in 1979. I was 8 years old LOL.
Do you have a physical record shop, or do you sell online only? Where are you based?
I personally only sell from home, but I have also been managing a much bigger record store, Global Groove, in Stoke-On-Trent, UK (The birthplace of Slash, Lemmy and Robbie Williams) since the day it opened in 1992. We started a mail order service in 1994.
What is your specialty?
There is no limits to what I stock, but my specialist areas are all kinds of electronic dance music: house, hip hip & electro.
What is your favorite record you have in stock right now, and why this one?
I love this one: Rufus And Chaka Khan – “Any Love / I Know You, I Live You”. I already own various copies of this as (the b-side) is a personal favourite. I find it extremely uplifting and emotional and never tire of hearing it.
What was the most memorable item you ever sold?
This was was a very recent sale: Joe Smooth – “Inside My Mind”. I submitted the entry for this over 4 years ago and waited for the demand to build. Then around 2 weeks ago I needed some quick cash so decided to sell it from my own personal collection as I never really played it – I put it on for £199.99 and it sold overnight!
What does your own record collection look like?
It is quite well organised with headers and sections of styles/labels/producers. I have around 10,000 personal items, so need to keep on top of them. I have about 1,000 in crates ready for DJ sets of various styles. I have 2 copies of many of my favourites, especially if they fit into 2 different categories – I also have 2 of my ’80s hip hop/electro 12″s.
What is your personal holy grail record?
Probably Awesome Foursome – “Monster Beat”. I spent about 3 years checking every day on eBay for one to be listed (before you could have a saved search notification). Then one day a still-sealed copy came up – I could not believe it! I managed to talk the seller into putting it on a “buy me now” for £25, as he started it at 99p – the next one that came up on there sold for £175!!!
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you when selling records?
I had a guy, who had bought a Kylie record from me, once comment in his feedback that the record he received was not Kylie, and had random men singing on it?? After a few emails back and forth, it worked out that he was playing it on the wrong speed!
What is your number one tip for buyers on Discogs?
Always use the filters to cut down viewing a large inventory – I use year, format, style and price etc. as this can save you a lot of time and help you find more relevant items…
And for record sellers?
Buyers love accurate grading and fast shipping – I have on my profile that I know what it is like when you “NEED” that record. When you find something that you have been after, or discover the best thing that you have ever heard in your life, you want it there and then if it was possible!
Anything else you’d like us to know?
Global Groove, the store I manage, is 25 years old this year!