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Meet James Copello, Record Lover and Founder of Electric Audio


James Copello loves vinyl. He was buying and selling records as a personal hobby, but got tired of $300-$400 eBay bills. Looking for a more affordable solution, James created Electric Audio: a marketplace that allows you to buy and sell records without paying ridiculous fees.  I just bought my girlfriend a record player for Christmas (I hope she doesn’t read this right away!) and I was looking for awesome records at affordable prices. Lucky for me, I knew just where to find them. Even though it’s a young company, Electric Audio has a pretty big selection of records so far. I purchased two Beatles albums, one Johnny Cash album, and one from Bob Marley and The Wailers.

Electric Audio has a great user interface that allows buyers to search by genre and artist. And checkout was a breeze! Sellers can also enjoy a streamlined process of listing records and accessories that make it easy to pass on their love of vinyl.

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with James to talk about the beginnings of Electric Audio and his goals for the future. Here are some of the questions I asked him:

How did the idea of Electric Audio come about?

Basically, there is Ebay and Discogs, who are really the only two players in the space in terms of online vinyl marketplaces. I was buying and selling a lot of records myself as a hobby, mainly through eBay, and got so tired of every month my eBay bill being $300 or $400. I became so frustrated and started looking for a more affordable way to do this. Electric Audio was born out of necessity because I was so tired of paying the fees. The other alternative is Discogs, which was never purpose-built to be a marketplace so it was not a good user experience. There was no better option.

How did you hear about Near Me and why did you choose us to bring your marketplace to life?

I heard about Near Me originally through an article I found on Google. I was looking for a hosted platform. I found Sharetribe and they weren’t ready. I looked at a couple other options and then I found Near Me. Near Me sounded like the most enterprise-grade, bulletproof solution.

What were the biggest challenges you’ve faced with developing your marketplace?

The most difficult part since day one has been getting the user experience catered more toward the sellers because they’re the ones who are going to grow the marketplace. It’s also a struggle getting people to break their habits. You could build this perfect thing but if people have been doing something the same way for the past ten years, it doesn’t matter how good your new mousetrap is, they’re still going to use the old mousetrap because that’s what they’re used to. We are doing some marketing and branding to put a story behind the name to empower people to sign up. Check us out on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

I’m just getting into vinyl and I don’t know much about what it takes to build a worthy record collection. What are the ten MUST-OWN records that I need to get ASAP?

In no particular order:

  • Jimi Hendrix - Bold as Love
  • The Beatles - The White Album
  • Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I
  • Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
  • Guns N’ Roses - Appetite for Destruction
  • Pink Floyd - The Wall
  • John Mayer - Continuum
  • BB King - Live at the Regal
  • Nirvana - Nevermind

Thanks for taking the time to chat with me a little bit about Electric Audio. I’m excited to use your marketplace again!

I’m looking forward to connecting again soon and working with you in the future. We have a lot of good things in the works!

Topics: Entrepreneur

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