Record Store Day 2014 was the busiest day in Other Music’s nearly 20-year history.
Josh Madell co-founded the Other Music shop in Manhattan in 1995, which carries a broad cross-section of underground music from around the world. In 2012, he launched the Other Music Recording Co.
We did a week’s worth of business in one afternoon; the only day that has come close was RSD 2013, and RSD 2012 just behind that. If you are even tangentially aware of the struggles the industry has been facing of late, and particularly the struggles of physical retail, you know what that means to a shop like ours. Both the customers lined up around the block all day and the revenue they added to our bottom line is a huge deal to us. Running a record store in 2014 is a passion, a labor of love and, these days, maybe a fool’s errand -- but we’re still here because we love the music, we love the customers, and it’s all we know. We’re lucky at Other Music; we live in one of the best music cities in the world, and between all the artists, the industry, the local fans and the tourists, there is a pretty vibrant market for what we’re selling. Still, every slow Saturday cuts like a knife, so you can be sure that a day like Record Store Day feels pretty damn good going down.