Interview by RICHARD BUNNER and BLAKE BERRY
David Bernal is the owner of Redlands Vinyl Records and Collectibles, located at 214 E. Redlands Blvd. in Redlands.
RICHARD BUNNER and BLAKE BERRY, ETHIC STAFF: How long has this place been around? What are people searching for the most here?
DAVID BERNAL, REDLANDS VINYL RECORDS OWNER: This particular store has been here for five years. The average record buyer today is between the age of 15 and 25. So you’re looking at pretty much all the current stuff that’s out today. You know, the popular things and all the mega-big-bands from the past: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd. Those are the big sellers and, of course, anything new.
BUNNER: What is the most searched genre?
BERNAL: You’re looking at rock’n’roll and hip hop as pretty much the main two genres.
BUNNER: Do you sell laser disks?
BERNAL: We do have some. We have pretty much all formats. We have 8-tracks, cassettes, laser disk, VHS, DVD, blue-ray; we have albums, 78s, 45s, pretty much everything we have.
BUNNER: Your store looks kind of small on the outside, but once you walk in it is huge. Would you like to comment on that?
BERNAL: We have a little bit of something for everyone, so its very diverse; its a mixture. I don’t really have things broken down into categories. Everything is kind of A through Z in different sections. So its fairly easy to find something; you just have to look around.
BUNNER: What is your favorite record?
BERNAL: Don’t have a favorite. There’s just too many years of great records. So I can’t really say I have a favorite.
BERRY: What is your favorite genre?
BERNAL: I listen to everything. I have an appreciation for just about all genres. If somebody is good at what they do, then its kind of hard. If you love music its difficult to get pigeon-holed into one genre, then you can’t really say you love all music. People become programmed into one thing. They walk around with blinders and forget about everything else, not realizing there’s 500 years of written music and then you’ve got 100 years of recorded music. Then, you have all of these different styles, so if you’re a music lover then you can’t just say, “Well, I’m only into this.” Well, that’s unfortunate for you because you’re missing everything else and there’s just so much.
BUNNER: I notice that projector back there. What’s that from?
A: What we do is we run films. Every Monday night we do film screenings; its free, we do it at 7:30. We run everything in film, so its old school to go inside with the vinyl being old school and everything analog. We do that on Monday nights, and we’re always running something. We do old projectors, old films, everything.