New business hits the right note
IT WAS always Nic Dromgold’s dream to open up a music store.
The DJ and general music devotee had been living in Sydney when the opportunity came to move to Warwick four years ago.
“My partner (Janelle Fien) fell pregnant and we didn’t want to raise children there so we moved here,” he said.
“It’s always been our dream and now we’ve had the chance to do it.”
The couple met through their love of music – he was running a DJ school for the Salvation Army teaching street kids the art, while she was a radio station manager for the same charity.
Yesterday, the pair realised their dream, throwing open the doors to their store Label 45 in Fitzroy St.
Mr Dromgold said a lot of the reason behind the opening was because there was a shortfall of musical outlets in the region.
“There aren’t many music shops, and the businesses that sell music only get commercial or mass produced stuff,” he said.
“We have a range of stuff here and we can get smaller labels.
“We do take orders as well. It will probably take about one or two weeks for it to get here.”
Being in a country music hub, Mr Dromgold said he and partner Janelle Fien would keep on top of demands for that genre.
Aside from supplying CDs, Label 45 will also sell a range of musical items.
“We’ve got band merchandise and memorabilia and also vinyls – that’s what we really specialise in,” Mr Dromgold said.
“Vinyl has really gotten popular over the last 10 years.
“I’ve been a DJ for the last 15 or so years and it went to MP3s for a while but it’s gone back to vinyls again. I think it’s more of a skill to be able to play those than CDs.”
If you don’t have a turntable to play vinyls, Mr Dromgold said he had plans to sell those too.
He will also happily take requests for vinyl albums.
“At the moment what I’ve got (in store) is basically my library, which I’m selling,” he said.
“I’m definitely going to get more stuff in and I expect the first shipment of new releases in about two weeks.
“We have a range of stuff here though; my partner and I are into all types of music. I like the 1920s jazz style and she’s into rock.”
As well as offering music and memorabilia sales, Mr Dromgold wants Label 45 to be a social hub.
A small corner has been designated for jams and Mr Dromgold wants people to come in and have a play.
“I’ve got microphones and amps and it’s set up for it,” he said.
“If people play the guitar, if they want to bring it along and have a play that would be great.
“Anyone is welcome – young or old. We’re a very music and artist friendly zone.”
The opening hours at this stage for Label 45 will be 10am-6.30pm Monday – Friday, or 10am-8.30pm Thursdays. On Saturday the store will be open from 10am-2pm.