Copenhagen’s record stores continue to thrive

As music becomes increasingly digital, vinyl stores have consistently seen an increase in sales

Accord records stock store features large selections of vintage CD’s, vinyl’s and even some memorabilia.

By Domenic Strazzabosco

This year, for the first time in nearly three decades, vinyl record sales are looking to outpace the sales of CD’s, and Copenhagen’s music stores have similarly felt this increase.

Record sales in several countries including the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany have experienced steady sale increases within the past 15 years.

“I think it’s a reaction to all the Spotify stuff, it’s a chance to have something physical,” said Thomas Andreassen the owner of Sex Beat Records, a rock-oriented store that has been open for thirty years.

Although Andreassen’s store has survived, he noted most other genre-focused record stores around Copenhagen have closed. His secret, taking vinyl and CD’s seriously and making a wide range of rock music available.

The vinyl shop Accord has three locations throughout the city and one stock location downtown, selling both new vinyl’s and buying records from sellers. The stock store retains its customers by lowering the prices of their items daily, keeping shoppers anxious to buy.

Thomas Andreassen, owner of Sex Beat Records, a rock-oriented vinyl and CD store in the Vesterbro neighborhood of Copenhagen.