In 1987, the (West) Seattle music scene and Easy Street Records were both in their infancy. Both the scene and the store showed a DIY ethos that is still apparent today. The global culture that was created by the scene was cultivated locally by the store. There were a lot of players in Seattle, Matt Vaughan was and still is a very important one…He would never say that but he says a lot on the podcast.
Matt Vaughan Show Notes
2:43: Major developments in the world of Easy Street,
4:30: New Orleans and the Pearl Jam in-store that was the inspiration for Record Store Day
14:08: Growing up in Seattle with the Hattrup Family.
16:00: Matt’s grandmother invents the surf short with Hang Ten
18:05: Matt’s family growing up
22:12: Matt’s mom creates Queensryche and Matt tours the world with them at 16
28:38: Matt was the Senior Class President when he wasn’t being suspended
31:45: Working in record stores, college and how he started Easy Street.
36:18: Surviving the first few years, dropping out of Seattle U and going all in in
38:53: Death and music
42:37: West Seattle in the late 80’s and the long hours of owning your own business
44:54: What is Matt thinking now about the business, going on the road with Alice in Chains for two tours and managing bands
47:30: Moving Easy Street to the best corner in West Seattle and a lot of music history
53:35: Giving exposure to bands that made it and the ones that had exposure handed to them
58:10: Cowboy Coffee
1:00: Eddie Vedder works at Easy Street to sell Ticketmaster tickets
1:04: Winning the 2016 EV Games
1:05: The Beastie Boys replace their stolen records at Easy Street
1:10: The Easy Street Café opens in ‘99
1:12: The Queen Anne days and closing the store
1:19: How has the internet impact business?
1:22: The Café experience
1:25: What is next in the record store business? How does he keep Easy Street alive?
1:27: Brands in the airport
1:28: Who’s the most talented person he’s ever met?
1:30Who’s the biggest asshole he’s ever tried to help out /
1:31: What’s the nicest thing anyone’s done for Matt in his work life?