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Keeping Vinyl Alive in Honolulu

Secret Record Store
Secret Record Store

 The Secret Record store is trying to keep the experience of vinyl records alive in Hawaii.

It’s a small pop-up mobile store complete with a listening station where people can preview a record before deciding to buy it.  The design is to give the listeners the feel and interaction of the small independent record stores that are becoming hard to find.

Kevin Cruze is one of the forces behind the project, which started by hauling crates of records and turntables to monthly events that encompass art and music.

John Friend is Cruze’s business partner. He says vinyl offers a different experience than a digital format.


The next locations for the secret record store can be found on their Facebook page.

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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