HARK, a recently launched record store and Hi-Fi repair workshop, has made its debut in Paris’s 11th arrondissement. With a vision to offer a diverse selection of both new and second-hand records, the store aims to support local artists and foster the growth of the music scene in the city.
The store’s launch party, held last month, featured a tribute to Ed Banger Records, the renowned French electronic music label founded by Pedro Winter in 2003. Known for representing artists such as Justice, SebastiAn, and Mr. Oizo, Ed Banger Records holds a significant place in the French music industry.
Louise Chen, one of the founders of HARK, expressed the team’s passion for music and their desire to create a space that nurtures emerging artists and encourages support from music enthusiasts. Chen envisions HARK as a comprehensive hub for musicians, music lovers, and the younger generation, offering a collective experience and fostering cultural exchange.
According to Chen, HARK aims to bridge the gap between digital/streaming platforms and physical spaces, which provide opportunities for cultural interaction, collaboration, and the development of a shared musical language. The store aspires to be a cultural resource that encourages curiosity, dialogue, and the sharing of expertise, ultimately supporting the growth of new talent and building a vibrant music community.
HARK seeks to address the need for cultural spaces and resources that empower emerging artists and engage younger generations, who may feel excluded due to economic constraints. By offering their extensive knowledge and expertise in pop culture, the HARK team hopes to inspire curiosity, facilitate dialogue, and foster exchange among music enthusiasts and creators alike.
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