If you are cruising along Bath Street, you will notice the entrance to Bastion Mews alongside our local African beauty’s shop Coco T. Turn in there and your eyes will behold another enclosure the city has tucked away, which is home to various establishments, such as popular newcomer, The Shack Revolution.
You immediately notice that alongside The Shack Revolution, stands another building with a cosmic facade that has ‘intergalactic appeal‘. Temple Records is a Hifi retailer that specializes in refurbished and customized Secondhand Hifi/Audio equipment to keep the party going all
Determined to solve the mystery that looms over the place like a layer of space dust, I decided to pop in and meet Guy Davies, owner of Temple Records, while carefully sipping a hot cappuccino perfectly brewed by an always gracious Shack Revolution staff member.
So Let’s Talk
HCC: So you have a pretty impressive facade going on with your shop front. What inspired the design?
GD: I commissioned the Bastion Mews artist in residence, Simon Rogers, who I gave creative free reign while maintaining a street art and music culture theme. My shopfront was safe in his hands.
HCC: Impressive work Simon! How long have you been here? We all remember your previous location on Eign Street. This is definitely much cooler, yet it seems you would have less foot traffic and visibility. How is that working out for you?
GD: (Flashing a devious smile) Foot traffic isn’t an issue for Temple Records, I established this business in 2005 and have built up many loyal customers throughout the years. I must point out that we work from this location as more of a Headquarters. The majority of my trade happens on the website http://www.templeofbass.co.uk, but everyone is welcome to pop in, we have lots of vinyl and cd’s to rummage through.
We stock a small selection in the shop of Hi Fi equipment, CD’s, films, as well as, Reggae and Dub vinyl. Often customers will request something I don’t have and I will do my best to source it for them. We also do DJ Packs which really help those starting off in a DJ career.
HCC: Online trade seems to have shut down many businesses like yours. Having both a premises and online business is invaluable.
I hear you have a bit of a legacy in the city of Hereford. Mind sharing? (Must mention Guy is rather timid with a wicked sense of humour)
GD: I worked around the city DJing in venues like The Crystal Rooms where I launched a Breakbeat night called ‘Temple of Bass’. I also DJed the Jailhouse and other venues around the city.
My more memorable events were bringing several well-known DJ’s to Hereford for the first time, such as DJ Fresh, Chase & Status and DJ Netsky . It was a different time then, Hereford was a different beast.
HCC: Well you can definitely say I am enlightened and will happily send friends over to you looking for good deals on DJ or Sound Engineering equipment. The concept of upcycling technical equipment is something to be pleased about.
We like what Guy Davies is serving up and the mystery is solved. Another young entrepreneur has made his mark on the city.
Temple Records, 18, Bastion Mews, Union St, Hereford HR1 2BT Tel: 01432 360799 Hours Monday-Saturday 11-5pm, Closed Sundays
Article by Michelle Cuadra, Creative Director at Hereford City Centric Retail and Culture Community and Shecentric blog