When I was a kid, I first got into music by listening to some vinyl records at my grandma’s place. I even remember that one of the first I heard was “Yesterday” by The Beatles.
Later on, CDs came, along with walkmans and then mobile phones, so gramophones were a bit forgotten, and vinyls were left on the dusty corners of shelves.
At my grandma’s, we have a stereo system that has a gramophone on top. I say “have” because it works even today, so I go from time to time and listen to some old records—also the new ones.
The love for them is still there. So, when I entered Leila Records for the first time, it was like a wonderland. There are walls covered with shelves stacked with vinyls from different decades. And all the genres of music that you can imagine. You can even find some ex-Yugoslavian stuff. The new and the old ones are at a reasonable price so that you can find a record for 350 RSD (3 Euros).
Also, Leila Records organizes many cultural events, and if they include music, everything is played on gramophones. It brings back childhood memories.
What makes me happy is that records are slowly but surely returning to the scene, where many new artists are putting out their albums on vinyl. As long as there’s vinyl, there will be places like Leila Records. And some things you shouldn’t change.