Shining a light on the tastemakers behind the desk
In the lead up to RSD 2022 we’ll be featuring some of the legends behind the scenes at participating stores in a short interview segment we’re calling Turning Tables—shining a light on the faces, names, minds and tastemakers behind the desk who greet our crate-digging friends with invaluable knowledge and an undying love for all things music.
Today we’re featuring Matt (Footy) Horvath, co-owner of Adelaide’s Clarity Records alongside Laura Horvath.
Take it away, Matt!
What store can we find you at and how long have you been there?
Hi, we’re Clarity Records and you can find us at 60 Pulteney Street in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. On Record Store Day 2020 we’ll be celebrating our 12 anniversary since opening our doors.
How has the store and its customers changed over time?
A few things have changed with the store over time. When we opened in 2010 we had a heavy focus on Punk & Hardcore records, but over time with the rise of popularity in vinyl we now focus on all genres of music. Another major change was in September 2021 when we took over the property next door to us, knocked a hole in the wall and double the sized of the shop and gave the store a facelift. It’s amazing to have the extra space and expand our range.
What’s your general vibe to kick off the morning music when doors open?
I generally like to ease into the morning with a bit of Bonobo or Khruangbin. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “radio” on Spotify is also a bit of a popular mix in the morning.
Ever had any notable cameo walk-ins in store?
The very first celebrity we had was Hayley Williams of Paramore who bought some really cool hardcore records and gave us a shout out at a sold out Entertainment Centre show. Tom Green the actor was a cool one. Most bands tend to come in when in town particularly Randy from Lamb Of God, John from Baroness, Cold Chisel are all regulars and our most recent celebrity was comedian Jimeoin.
Do you remember the first record that started your own collection? Was it bought, gifted or handed down?
The very first vinyl record I went out and bought with my own money to start my vinyl collection was NOFX – PMRC Can Suck On This 7”
What about the first record you purchased for someone else? Where’d you buy it?
I don’t remember ever purchasing a record for someone else but I was big into making mix tapes for people when I was younger.
Favourite debut record of all time?
Minor Threat – Minor Threat 7”
Tell us about the most valuable (monetary or sentimental) record in your collection. Why is it so important to you?
Most valuable sentimental wise is Propagandhi – Today’s Empires Tomorrows Ashes LP which is my favourite record of all time and set me on a course of becoming the person I am today after hearing the record when it first came out. My most valuable monetary might be The Leftovers – Cigarettes And Alcohol 7”, although I might have more valuable records monetary wise but the combination of what it is worth and the story that goes me trying to track down this record makes it the most valuable.
Favourite Australian release of all time?
The Victims – Television Addict 7”
What’s your number pick of the 2022 Official RSD releases?
Ramones – The Sire Years Box Set
What record has been on repeat for you lately?
Khruangbin – Mordechai LP
Tell us about your favourite artist, and what record of theirs you’d recommend to introduce to someone who’s never heard of them.
Propagandhi is my favourite band of all time. My favourite album of theirs is “Todays Empires Tomorrows Ashes”. It’s the perfect blend of hard, fast punk with technical playing and really inspirational politically driven music.
Favourite in-store performance of all time?
My favourite is when John Baizley from Baroness is in town, he likes to do an exhibition of his artwork in store and sell prints of his works. He is super down to earth and just hangs out and chats with everyone. Being a big fan of his work (music and art) I find it really humbling that he takes time to meet his fans.
Best thing about working at a record store?
Meeting awesome people, staying on top of current music and not having to wear a damn uniform.
60 Pulteney St
Adelaide, SA 5000
Phone: (08) 8227 1421
Open 7 Days!