Share the Vibe: tunes by Ray Elpee
The second Share the Vibe playlist is a collection from the owner of one of Eindhoven's most well-known record stores: Ray Elpee. Ray started his record shop low-key in 2001. For 10 years he has been an established name in the city and his shop is open every day, except on Sundays and Mondays.
Ray has been working in the music since he was 17. First at POPEI at the Zoutstraat and then at the Effenaar as a light and sound engineer. He was also the programmer for Cafe Altstadt for 10 years. In 1986 he started BAM BAM Agency, a booking office for bands and soloists. This included Life on Grey (with Peter from Peter Pan Speedrock), Gotcha, D.A.M.N., Osdorp Posse, Slagerij van Kampen, and City Pig Unit. The bands did support acts for big names like Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bad Brains, Rollins Band, and Ice Cube. At Buro Tape Agency and Buro MU, Ray was the programmer for Mr. van Dijck and the Vooruitgang.
During these years he also played vinyl at various cafes, such as De Bakkerij, Café de Groot, Cul de Sac, and Squale. Later Ray started working at Buro Mu and Buro Maastricht. He rolled into the Security Factory in 2001 and worked at Lowlands, Parkpop, Pinkpop, Ahoy, De Kuip, and Feyenoord. He has been running Ray Elpee full time for 10 years now.
Looking for new records? Ray tips the following Eindhoven musicians on vinyl, for sale at Ray Elpee:
Tankzilla - “Het duo rondom Peter van Elderen, ex Peter Pan Speedrock, bestaande uit een drummer en Peter op zang en gitaar. Snoeiharde stonerrock met een vleug seventies.”
Sweet D’Buster - “De groep van onze Bertus Borgers, speelden tussen 1975 en 1981. Heerlijke funky rock.”
Camilla Blue - “De band rondom zangeres en pianiste Joyce Deijnen. Van 2011 tot 2015 studeerde zij aan de Eindhovense Rock City Institute. Bluesy popsongs met een jazzy inslag.”
Armand - “Natuurlijk mag deze Eindhovense protestzanger niet ontbreken. Bekend van Ben Ik Te Min en het nogal veelvuldige blowen. Helaas veel te vroeg overleden.”
Candybar Planet - “Een van de grondleggers van Eindhoven Rockcity beweging. Moddervette stoner.”
Besides these suggestions, you will find many more bands and musicians from Eindhoven, including The Spades, Komatsu, Bots, Wolfskop, Alabama Kids, and Afflict. In addition to an "Eindhoven" section, you'll find literally every genre of music you can think of. From jazz to metal and from hip-hop to classical. There is something for everyone!
Curious about Ray's playlist? Listen to it now: