Can Dincer, 40, of Can Plak says with CDs, you could remove the CD from its case and use it in your car or a carrying case. Then you would lose the case, the booklet, and the CD would become worthless. “Whereas with a record, you listen to it at home, you take it out of its sleeve, you flip it over for side B, put it away in its sleeve when you’re done,” he notes, pointing out the ritualistic aspect of listening to records. “It requires more work, more care.”
Dincer says even though he does get students sometimes in his store, his clients are usually between 30 to 45-year-olds. “Students are limited by their economic status, while our customers make their own money and have paid jobs.”
He thinks there are too many record stores in Istanbul. “I was the fifth or sixth store in Kadikoy when I started my shop five years ago,” he tells TRT World. “Now there are 15-20 stores [in the neighbourhood].” He complains about people selling records via social media without registering with the authorities, not paying tax and operating under a grey market. “I don’t believe there is a need for this many stores,” he says.
He mentions independent Turkish music labels such as Tantana Records, who have pressed Taner Ongur and Ringo Jets, Kod Muzik who have reissued Hardal’s album from the 80s, and Rainbow 45 Records, who have reissued ‘Benimle Oynar Misin?’ by Bulent Ortacgil, and issued albums by Mor ve Otesi, Turkish-French progressive rock band Asia Minor, and Audioban, whose roster includes electronic music maker Anil.
Dincer says Can Plak also plans to start a label after the pandemic, issuing singles and perhaps albums by local amateur bands.
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