Acidwork , DJ/Producer, Record Store Manager
More than a year has passed since the Pandemic Declared in March 2020. We'd like to know if there has been any change in your daily routine and your work.
Ever since the record shop opened mid last year, I've spent most of my time working there. On my days off, I work on music. My schedule's pretty much tight in pandemics as before. It's still the same that I work on music here and there whenever I have time. Recently, I've been organizing and revising old tracks I made. When any idea comes up in my mind, I sketch (a track) a little and mix it around regardless of style or genre...
It's frustrating any business or gathering got restricted after ten at night, but it doesn't affect my lifestyle much.
Oh, it's a shame that I can't fly anywhere, though. Before pandemics, I used to visit friends overseas for some days every quarter and learn new things. I've been missing out on that. Isn't there a big difference between checking out stuff on social media and getting the actual firsthand experience? I realized I did learn a lot through those exposures.
What do you do at Mosaic?
When we get new records, I check them out and organize them into sections. A record shop doesn't change much, to be honest. Records mean 'record' as it is, and we find and bring 'the arrangements of record' (vinyl records). I believe the trend cannot immediately change us. We have a little coffee bar at Mosaic, so I prepare coffee and cafe menu, too. But it's not like we're trying to say, 'we even do this at the shop.' We are a RECORD SHOP. Records mean the most to us, other than anything else. We put our best effort into record curation with extra care, so it puts me down a little when people often regard them as interior objects. Although, I consider we're getting there. For the younger generation in their 20s or 30s, vinyl culture might be something unknown. It'd be hard to get into in the first place unless they have special interests. MP3 files or streaming service would sound more familiar to them. Still, I feel there are more crowd getting into vinyl these days. It might come across as fresh to the younger ones, who does everything digitally. I'll give them some time and see how they embrace it eventually.
We are still in the middle of the pandemic era. Please share your next plan with us.
Things never turn out as I expect, so my plan changes up to how it goes. I have some things I want to do, and all I've got to do is give myself some time, think and adjust my goals in the process. There's nothing specific. I just need to work on stuff consistently. I'm preparing to release some tracks I've made so far.
Oh, it's been almost a year since Mosaic opened. I might have a break to visit my family in Gapyeong around our one year anniversary. We're still thinking about putting up an event on the day, but above all, we'd prioritize bringing quality records first.
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