Celebrating their 7th Birthday on Sunday 19 March as an independent music store, which sells preowned and new vinyl, plus rare collectibles along with HI-FI audio equipment, we caught up with owner Jayden Faass from #Beatniks Records in Broadbeach QLD, to chat all things about their store, it’s history and lots of things in 7 words….
Heya #beatniks, we are super excited about your upcoming 7 year anniversary?
When we decided to take the plunge in 2015 and open our own store, my wife was about 7 months pregnant with our first daughter. Fast forward through the planning and getting the shop ready, we opened 2 weeks before ‘Layla’ was born (named for obvious reasons). So the first few months were busy juggling our two new babies!
I spent a lot of years in, around and managing record stores and wanted to be closer to home on the Gold Coast and saw an opening in the market. Since then we have accumulated a great customer database and met some amazing people! Many customers have turned into great friends which we love…makes it feel less like work.
Do you have anything planned for the big day?
Lots of bargains for our customers – Huge discounts of new vinyl, preowned vinyl, CDs and DVDs & an instore performance. Probably some sneaky celebratory beers too!
Describe #beatniks in 7 words.
A local hub for all things music.
7 best things that come to mind about owning and running a record store?
Advice you would give yourself 7 years ago when opening the store?
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Do you have a best selling record/s for each of the 7 years you have been open?
Black Pumas – Black Pumas
Teskey Brothers – Live at the forum
Genesis Owusu – Smiling With No Teeth
Tyler the Creator – Call Me if you get lost
Turnstile – Glow On
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
The Bronx – V
What are your 7 favourite Australian records of all time?
Matt Finish – Short Note
Karnivool – Themata
Bernard Fanning – Civil Dusk
Preachers – Blue Planet Eyes
INXS – Kick
Genesis Owusu – Smiling with No teeth
Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow
7 favourite places to dig for records yourself? Either in Australia or overseas.
Real Groovy – NZ
Marbecs – NZ
Amoeba – Hollywood
Penny Lane – NZ
Northside Records – Melbourne
Cosmos Records – Toronto
Wax Museum – Melbourne
Favourite Record Store Day memory from the last 7 years?
Game of Thrones Actor and Aquaman star Jason Mamoa came for a dig one RSD. Absolute champ.
7 words to describe your favourite Australian artist to someone who has never heard them before?
There’s too many to have a favourite!
I actually have no favourite… all Oz artists are so individually talented that I could never have a favourite.
7 best places to listen to a new record?
Great sound system
7 records you’ll be spinning on this years 7 year anniversary of #beatniks.
Surprise Chef – Education & Recreation
Lady Wray – Piece of Me
Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy
Unknowns – East Coast Low
Carrtoons – Home Growns
The Schizophonics – People in the Sky
Glass Beams – Mirage
Beatniks Records is located at Victoria Square, 17/15 Victoria Ave, Broadbeach QLD 4218
Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday – 9.30am – 4.00pm
Sunday – 10.00am – 3.00pm