Here’s how Hybrid Records is changing how people discover new music – Riverside, California

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Whether it’s been a staple of sparkling cities by the sea for decades or just opened its doors in the last few years, each business has its own special story.

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Hybrid record

The owner Carlos Cooper’s vision for the business was to become a staple of Corpus Christi.

Growing up in Sparkling City by the sea, he wanted a record store where people could get together and talk about music, art and the community.

Cooper has no business background, so he took the risk of opening a small store and understanding things as he went.

“If I sat down too long and thought about it, I would then speak myself at some point,” Cooper said.

Knowing his regulars by first name, he can connect with the community and help people discover new music that they may not have found on their own.

Carlos Cooper, owner of Hybrid Records, was Corpus Christi's 4233 S. Alameda St six years ago. Opened a store in.

Meet the owner

Q: What is your name, age and place of birth?

CARLOS COOPER: My name is Carlos Cooper and I’m 29 years old. Born in Corpus Christi.

Q: What is the name of your business? Can you explain it?

CC: Hybrid record. First a record store, then a hub for the cultural community. I want to create an environment where all kinds of art can be collected and discussed. In addition, we support the local artist scene.

Q: How many years has hybrid record been open?

CC: 6 years in November.

Q: What made you create this local business?

CC: Seeing that the corpus has an unfilled market, I wanted to open the type of record store I wanted to go to when I first started recording. Specifically, it focuses on independent artists and niche record labels.

4233 S. Alameda St of Corpus Christi, November 5, 2021. Vinyl rock records sold at Hybrid Records in.

Q: What was your first job?

CC: My first job was preparing to cook on the bass Smoke Shack BBQ when I was 15 years old. I got a job because it was a restaurant in the neighborhood. I wanted to save money for my car in case I was 16 years old. I was there only during the summer.

Q: What is the biggest point of hybrid records?

CC: We acquired about 10,000 to 12,000 records on March 1, 2020. It was a big moment as it was the largest collection I have ever purchased. We buy collections from people and bring as many high quality items as possible.

Q: What are the drawbacks of hybrid records?

CC: Well, two weeks after I got those records, I had to shut down for a pandemic. Records helped keep us open, but that wasn’t the big next step we expected. It was also a huge financial investment. All those records weren’t cheap.

Carlos Cooper, owner of Hybrid Records, was named 4233 S. Alameda St of Corpus Christi on November 5, 2021. Looking out the front window of his store in.

Q: What is your personal business philosophy?

CC: Always treat people fairly. We’re obviously here to make money and livelihoods, but I want people here to feel they’re selling to someone who really cares about their records and makes a fair deal. is. The same is true for people who come and shop. I want them to feel that they are paying a fair price for high quality products and that they know what we are doing. Rather, I want everyone to feel good here and earn less than trying to exploit people with expensive products.

Q: What are your future goals for hybrid records?

CC: Becoming a South Texas destination to let people know that something interesting can be found here. Before COVID, I had a (music) show, an art show, and even a monthly beer tasting here, but I hope to bring it back in the future. I want you to gather here and learn new music again. I have no intention of opening another store or moving to another city. I want to serve the community in which I grew up.

Q: What is the best advice you can give to anyone who wants to start their own business?

CC: Please do it. Do it in any form or method. Ultimately, after all, whatever it is, you can’t succeed unless you commit it completely. If you do it yourself, be prepared.

Corpus Christi 4233S. Alameda St. Carlos Cooper, owner of Hybrid Records, is looking at the wall of records behind the checkout counter in his store on November 5, 2021.

Hybrid record

address: 4233 South Alameda Street

phone: 361-452-9044

time: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Website: hybridrecordstx.com

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