Brixton Calling: Music – Brixton’s record shop with soul

Claudia Wilson of Pure Vinyl Records


Delores William talks to Vinyl Record’s Claudia Wilson about her passion for music, people and fun

“Come on in, bring your records, or come and listen to some records”. So says Claudia Wilson formerly of Vinyl Records based in Reliance Arcade. It’s still there but being run by her partner.

Claudia has just opened another shop – Music –  on Ferndale road right opposite the old Bon Marche building. When she remembers how it all started for her – a trolley she pulled to her stall in Brixton Market, packed with tons of records, speakers and a deck – it makes being in the new shop a pinnacle for her.

Claudia loves soul, her partner loves reggae. She laughs as she says that having separate shops means they can both indulge in their different choices.

Claudia Wilson of Pure Vinyl Reocrds
Claudia Wilson of Pure Vinyl Records

She literally buzzes when she talks about her passion for music. The genuine passion in her voice when she talks about the young people who come into the new, much larger premises, and find they can pick a record and play it on the decks that are sitting on the shelves.

“The look on their faces when they get the opportunity to play some records is so exciting,” says Claudia.

Something she is keen to do is bring back the vibe of the old house party where you just turned up – the only requirement was to enjoy yourself. Her Valentine’s Day party was a thumping success, with people jamming the shop – “It was raining but the shop was packed”.

She has a lot of things planned for the coming months, including having a women’s sound system play, a rock and roll evening, rhythm & blues, rare groove … but she is adamant that the shop is not just for music aficionados. “I don’t play complex music, just music” As she says: “Come in everybody is welcome”.

Music is open from 11-6 weekdays.12-5 Sunday

Music by  Call me by Eddie Bishop