You already know the Valley as your go-to for live gigs and music festivals, hosting local legends, interstate talent and international acts at renowned venues, bars and clubs. Fortitude Valley is not only the spiritual home of Brisbane’s live music and DJ scene, it’s also where you can find independent record stores and recording studios where you can source both new music and rare vinyl alike and check out in-store sets or live-stream performances.
Here’s where to shop the music and learn how to DJ or produce in the Valley.
Butter Beats Record Store
With a physical store in Fortuneland Centre on the Chinatown Mall and an online shop, Butter Beats has more than 20,000 rare and collectable records plus books, posters and other music memorabilia. Can’t find what you’re looking for? They’ll source it for you! You’ll also find Queensland’s largest range of street art and graffiti supplies, plus owner Jason is your man when it comes to hip-hop and street arts info. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:30am-6pm.
Established in 2020, Catalog Music also has a bricks-and-mortar store and an online shop for all your new and pre-loved vinyl and cassette needs. Pop into the Wickham Street store to rifle through a huge range of genres from dancefloor 12” records to reggae, funk, soul, rare groove and indie label LPs. You’ll also find retro Australian and international reissues and compilations. Like its namesake, Catalog is a curated space – no chaotic collections here! – with local DJs on the turntables on weekends and listening stations. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12-8pm.
Echo & Bounce
In collaboration with QUIVR studio next door, Echo & Bounce specialises in electronic music for DJs. From new and classic cuts to brand merch and DJ gear, Echo & Bounce has a range of house, techno, afrobeat, nudisco, funk, soul, disco, electro and dub. The Winn Lane store is open Thursday to Sunday from 12pm ‘til late and you can also stream curated mixes via Soundcloud, or get along to one of the QUIVR x Echo & Bounce laneway parties for live sets.
Little Street Studio
Got two turntables and a microphone? Learn what to do with your mixing gear at Little Street Studio, a custom-built recording facility and creative space. Aimed primarily at electronic music producers, the state-of-the-art studio will offer DJ and production lessons for bedroom DJs to learn techniques and topics from the mixmasters. Artists, producers and bands can also apply for the Artist Residency Program for weekly subsidised studio time.
From a tiny platform at the end of Winn Lane, QUIVR is a 24/7 live-streaming community space for DJs, artists and producers. Watch live via the QUIVR website, Twitch and Twitter, or listen in on Mixcloud. Funded by artists and donations, QUIVR also runs beginner group workshops and private lessons for aspiring DJs or those who want to level up their skills.
– June 2021