"Just cause you don't play an instrument, does not mean you are not part of the music. Enjoying the music is part of the process."- Garcia.
Atomic Wax is located in downtown El Paso. I love the vibe of the place because the graffiti inside the shop matches the graffiti art in some of the walls downtown and knowing that a local artist made it gives you a sense of how cool Atomic Wax is. This vinyl shop has not been open for long, and much of the stuff in the shop was given to Raul Garcia (owner) by a long-time friend. Garcia says he owes the growth of the store to younger generations re-embracing vinyls and vintage items, which is great for all these concepts emerging.
When you walk into Atomic after entering the building there is a nice red door full of stickers and you are greeted by music playing on the record player. The first half of the store is not vinyls, but it is a lot these retro items that kind of reminds me of certain 80's movies (in a good way). Garcia said that "these two separate parts of the store tie into each other because many times collectors, junkies, thrift shoppers have encountered vinyls at some point so coupling them wouldn't be far off. It ties with everything that is nostalgia." It's that "I remember when I used to.." effect.
One thing I will mention about Atomic Wax is that their record selection is vast and it ranges from all the genres. There are new and used vinyls as well. Garcia mentioned that there is no selection process per say "but as people walk in here with a specific genre in mind, it can't help but translate to other genres and other predecessors as well." Music is all a learning process and it is ever evolving.
On a last note, Raul Garcia wants to help local talent. He would love to have local artist and bands play at Atomic Wax and promote their music and art. I think that is a fantastic idea. Anyone that is interested should contact Garcia on the Atomic Wax Instagram: atomic.wax.
Located on 501 Texas Ave, Suite 5!! Go now!!!! 12-6pm!!!