on Music, outside the Eastern Fourth Ring Road. Despite the location, far from downtown, Fusi
on Music says it has a firm fan base with more than 80,000 vinyls in the two-story store.
Zheng, also a Beijing native, says his passion for record shops was kindled when he was a child. He g
raduated from the Communication University of China, majoring in English, in 2003, and opened his rec
ord store in the same year. He also runs a shop on the e-commerce platform Taobao and sells more than 1,000 albums a month, he says.
One week after the 2019 Record Store Day, an event bringing together lo
cal record store owners, including Wang and Zheng, will be held at Blue Note Beijing, the first b
ranch in China of the renowned Blue Note Jazz Club in New York. The event will bring a vinyl market of a diversity
of music genres from jazz, soul, hip-hop to rock, as well as lectures on vinyls targeting those aged under 15. Celebratin
g Record Store Day last year Blue Note Beijing’s vinyl event attracted more than 400 people.
Camo Lin, a Taiwan designer who co-launched a Shenzhen-headq
uartered vinyl audio brand, HYM Originals, in 2015, says vinyl sales and turnt
able sales on Taobao were worth about 1 billion yuan ($148 million) last year.
“It shows that vinyl culture is back,” says Lin, who graduated from Tainan Universi
ty of Technology, with a master’s degree from visual communication design department.