A buzzing independent record shop in the heart of the North Laine. Truly independent. Committed to stocking a huge variety of new music. Offering a vast back catalogue too. We just love music – no genre or generation boundaries.
27-28 Kensington Gardens, North Laine, Brighton, East Sussex. BN1 4AL
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Resident was born back in 2004 when Derry Watkins & Natasha Youngs (now husband & wife) finally found the right site in Brighton’s North Laine to set up their very own record shop. Until then they had been working for Virgin Our Price, both starting out as Sales Assistants after finishing Uni & totally falling in love with record shop culture. However, they ended up in head office roles, spending their time in meetings, dealing with emails & getting caught up in office politics. They were no longer in love with their jobs, but they were in love with each other. Aww!!
It was time for a change – they needed to get back to working in the only environment that had ever made sense to them – a record shop. It started out as just the 2 of them, setting up a shop that in terms of product offer, wasn’t too dissimilar to the background they knew but it quickly became apparent that they needed to cater for a less mainstream market & so the shop evolved.
Things have changed a lot over the years. The beautifully presented shop (they have a real love for design too) sells a massive & really wide selection of new releases & back catalogue on vinyl & CD as well as tickets for most local gigs. They don’t specifically specialise in any area but offer a really solid range across most genres.
In 2015 they got brave & took on the lease for the shop next door & knocked the dividing wall down to create double the space, making way for a much needed expansion of their ever growing vinyl range. The team now consists of more than a dozen Residents, all of whom work tirelessly to bring the music hungry people of Brighton & Hove (& far beyond) a genuinely warm, informative, good humoured & never snobby or judgemental record shopping experience.
Their website takes them worldwide & the service is as friendly & efficient online as it is in the shop. They have a great newsletter that is sent out weekly with all the latest new releases, reissues & tickets info. They also send one weekly for the hottest presales, offering all the indie exclusives & limited editions. They hold regular acoustic instore performances & generally try & keep themselves steeped in the thriving Brighton music community. At the end of the year, they publish their favourite albums in a brilliantly handy little book, known as The Resident Annual. The place positively oozes love for what they do.
It’ a slog to keep an independent business alive these days. The workload & costs are relentless but they can’t think of anything they’d rather do. Working with great product & interesting people in such an incredible city – it’s a privilege & one that they hope to continue to enjoy for a long time to come.
Finally, a testimonial from our favourite customer Mr. Nick Cave:
“You are the best fucking record shop in Britain!!!!”
Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 6.30pm
Sunday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Resident Music Limited
VAT No : 834495504