Ian Fraser Interview
by Matthew J (@IamJamesMatthew)
There is no denying it; the retail music business has been in a serious decline. Big retail chains such as SAM THE RECORD MAN and CD Plus have been closing up shops cross-country and in similar fashion; many independently-owned record stores are closing their doors, as well. What is causing all this? The popular business notion is that downloadable music -by way of the internet- has taken money from the stores leaving them with no choice but to close their doors. In other words, we cannot compete with the internet so let’s just quit without putting up a fight.
Enter Ian Fraser, the owner and operator of OBSOLETE RECORDS, who rather than following the so-called “popular notion” is going against the grain and providing his loyal and still growing customer base with the hard-to-find; sought-after physical records which the other stores aren’t carrying.
I sat down with Ian to talk about the current retail business, downloading music vs. owning physical recordings debate, his personal playlist, and more. Hard work is not a new concept and although he is not a fan of Curtis Jackson’s music, Ian does embody the hustler’s ambition: be your own boss, provide people with great music, and get paid while doing it.
We’ll start this off by having you introduce yourself to everybody reading this. Where are you from? What do you do? What is your story?
I’m Ian Fraser, the owner of Obsolete Records. We are located at 2454 Agricola Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I’m born and raised in Halifax and I love this city and that it embodies; including its many flaws.
How did you get your start in the music retail business?
I loved a lot of different music at an early age, my parents encouraged this love of music by purchasing cassettes that I wanted for various birthdays and Christmas’s my Dad bought me “The Real Thing” by Faith No More and “Appetite For Destruction” by Guns N Roses when I was nine; my Mom bought me Onyx’s “Bacdafucup” and N.W.A.’s “Niggaz4life” when I was 14 I got my first job at a record store when I was 19 and have worked at two other stores before deciding to open my own.
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