RELICS is a New Zealand music store established in 2013. We source NEW and 2ND HAND music: VINYL (RECORDS, LPs) CDs, DVDs and other music related artifacts for people that enjoy physical music products.
We opened this store because we love music! We like to share music with others, have a rant or two about days gone by - past bands and new ones in the mix... and because helping people is what we do. Different tastes of music make for an eclectic world.
Whatever music you love - we don't judge - we won't bite - and we'll happily help you find it!
Owners are Dave James - who has 30 years of music retail experience in New Zealand (remember Corner Records? ... Echo, Marbecks) - and wife Irene Hundleby - who has 25 years of retail/service experience, and has recently completed PhD research on Solomon Island music and cultures. In-store you'll also meet Bebe, Arlo, Andrew and Alan.
"Dave bought his first record store when he was 20 and has worked in record stores and the music industry for most of the last 30 years. He managed Marbecks in Wall Street Mall, Dunedin. I had just finished my music degree when we found out that Marbecks Dunedin was to close down. We knew there would be a gaping hole in the music market, and that people in Dunedin (and the greater Otago area) would be forced to go online to purchase music, so we took a risk, purchased the Marbecks shop fittings and opened RELICS.
People told us we were crazy to open a record store in this day and age, but we knew it was important for Dunedin arts and culture to have a music specialist store downtown. Record stores were important in our youth and got both of us into playing music.
As we developed ideas for Relics, we were conscious that many New Zealand & South Island towns no longer have music stores, and so we created an online store to give people a 'local' online record store experience. That was the beginning - things are still evolving, but the main thing we aim for is happy people enjoying music they love!"
At Relics we pride ourselves on personalised customer service and care. Relics is a salute to record store culture of the past and continuation of that culture into the future.
A place that people can talk to other people about the music they love, a face-to-face service that you can't get online. Conversations in store often lead to the discovery of new music, new bands and live music happening around New Zealand. All of our staff are passionate about music - most of us play instruments, are musicians and/or music degree graduates.
Simply ASK and we will do our best to connect you to whatever kinds of music you are looking for!
RELICS Record Store Day with Independent Records NZ: Video footage - 19 April 2014
On April 19th 2014, two independently owned & run music businesses came together to celebrate Record Store Day. Relics invited the Independent Records NZ crew down to their store to host two live performances in-store as well as the exclusive release of Independent's 'Ir 77' compilation CD.
Video & Editing | John Bollen
Music | Greenslade & Paul Cathro
Dave James in Corner Records, Lorne Street, Auckland, c.1996.
Dave & Irene, Relics, Dunedin, Feb 2018. Image courtesy of Caroline Davies.