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8 January 2024

Darrel Sheinman

The vinyl revolution, with Darrel Sheinman

Darrel SheinmanFounder of Gearbox Records
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In our illuminating interview, Darrel:

  • Gives an overview of the genres of music the label specialises in.

  • Explains where the label’s recordings can be found.

  • Stresses the importance of acquiring high quality equipment as recording quality is paramount.

  • Details the processes involved in improving the audio quality of older recordings.

  • Delves into the business side of the record industry and the similarities of a record label to a hedge fund.

  • Talks about Gearbox Records’ beginnings.

  • Shares his thoughts on the balance between making decisions with your head or your heart.

  • Focuses on when he knew he was ‘onto something’ from a business perspective.

  • Highlights some of the company’s key milestones and plans for the future.

  • Discusses the importance of being able to be agile as a small business in the record industry.

  • Expands on the early days of his business career.

  • Debates the idea that a tough economic environment can be a good time to start a business.

  • Summarises his learnings.

Darrel Sheinman

Founder of Gearbox Records

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1:18 – Our show’s sponsor, Magus Wealth.

2:05 – A genre overview.

4:10 – Where to find Gearbox’s recordings.

6:30 – Recording quality is paramount.

8:50 – Improving the audio quality of older recordings.

11:20 – The business side of a record business.

17:05 – Similarities between a hedge fund and a record label.

20:20 – Inspired beginnings.

22:55 – The balance between head and heart.

25:55 – When you know you’re ‘onto something’.

28:00 – Key milestones.

31:07 – Setting up a Japanese office.

33:12 – Original dreams and future plans.

35:45 – The importance of being agile.

38:05 – The sole goal of ‘having the fund’.

41:05 – Early days in business.

43:45 – Creating pioneering ship tracking software.

46:25 – Entrepreneurial spirit, luck and time ‘in the game’.

50:45 – Starting a business in a tough economic environment.

52:25 – Key learnings.

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