“Never go back in time and open a record store in 2003,” says the Record Store Sydney’s Stephan Gyory. “I think we lost money for 10 years.” Yet as the proprietor of the Harbour City’s preeminent bastion for club sounds, Gyory has seen his beloved storefront survive the digital revolution, economic downturns and ever-shifting musical trends while other dance music shops within the Oxford Street district have long since vanished. Credit the store’s survival to its unwavering commitment to music in its physical format and the understanding that there’s still nothing quite like listening through a stack of records you’ve never heard of. You’re also not likely to match the in-store chatter, where the staff’s yarns are as deep as the crates. Here, Gyory runs through a selection of tunes that have shaped the identity of the shop – from Addison Groove, Mala, Hypnotone and others – and shares a tale or two or three from rave days gone by.
Interview & Photo by Christine Kakaire