There are many cities around the world which love their vinyl music and I have to say that one of the best that I have found is Mexico City. Now of course there are cities in Europe and the USA which are incredible for this kind of thing, but outside of the ‘western world’ you often don’t find cities which really take this thing as seriously as those inside it. Mexico City however has always proved to be a happy hunting ground for me when it comes to vinyl and they really do take it seriously here.
Abundance of Stores
The first point to make here is that the sheer volume of stores which you can find in the city is incredible and there are over 40 stores here which sell vinyl. When you first start looking you may find some which sell poor quality vinyl or which only focus on the Spanish-speaking world. Scratch beneath the surface however and you will see just how many serious impressive stores there are here.My friend Rose Burillo put me on to one of the very best stores which is Revancha, featuring all kinds of music from K-Pop to salsa, hip-hop to Armenian pop music and everything in-between.
There are man people here who actually sell online rather than opening up their own stores, and they will put on great events on a weekend where many vendors come together to sell their vinyls. These events are always accompanied with some great food and some cool DJs and it gives you a great chance to meet up with like-minded individuals who also love to collect records. What I love about these events in-particular is that the prices are always so great and they really don’t try to take your eyeballs out as some do – Roma Records I’m looking at you!
A friend of mine put on a fantastic event at the beginning of last year which encouraged vinyl collectors to come together in a bar and play our music for the crowd. None of us are DJs but that’s not what this was about. This event in fact was just about getting up and playing whatever music you were interested in. This created a super cool event whereby everyone had 30 minutes to play their songs, and there was such a vast mixture in styles and genres. You had 30 minutes of salsa followed by 30 minutes of jazz, then perhaps some hip-hop and some heavy rock. The variety was just so cool and everyone had a blast. I made many friends at that event and we have had other events since with the same community. It is clear that there is so much love for vinyl collecting in this city.
If you love your vinyl then I would certainly recommend that you come down to Mexico City and check out the stores and the community.
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