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Interview with Neil Schield: Origami Vinyl Celebrates Its First Anniversary

Upcoming Events at Origami Vinyl / Photo by Michele Reverte
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When Origami Vinyl opened its doors exactly one year ago, even its owner didn't know what to expect. In the months since, the shop has become a major fixture in the Echo Park community. In addition to selling the freshest vinyl records and hosting intimate concerts in its loft, Origami also sponsors community events—such as record club night—and is actively involved with local nonprofit 826LA.

In celebration of Origami's one-year anniversary today, the shop will feature free concerts, free beer and cake, and 10 percent off everything in the store. Yesterday LAist sat down with shop owner Neil Schield to talk about some of the best moments from the past year, the 826LA Chickens in Love project, and the fact that Origami will soon be stocking used records to complement its selection of new vinyl.

LAist: How was the store evolved over the last 12 months?

Neil Schield: It doesn't feel like it's been a year. Parents always say that kids grow up too fast, and I feel like that applies to the store. Initially, I was flying by the seat of my pants. The theme of our first conversation was serendipity—how all these things seemed to fall in my lap and it felt like this store was meant to be.

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Looking back, I guess I'm a little in shock about how smoothly things have gone. Financially it's always a struggle, but we survived the first year completely with new product. The store remains self-funded—we haven't needed investors—so in that regard I feel really lucky.