"Vinyls are the best format to store any music. You will not get anything as true and pure to how the instruments sound than on vinyl." -Neto.
If you have ever at Montecillo then you you know what I mean by Mother of Pearl! If not, you at least know of it because you love vinyl. When you walk into Mother of Pearl for the first time, you think "oh it's small" or if you are famliar with vinyl you think "selective". I think it is very classy and the decoration goes very well with the place, The place is great, it is a giant box full of great music. Not only that, but Mother of Pearl happens to be a hot spot for people going in just to take pictures. So if you plan on taking a picture, at least buy a vinyl. You will be investing in "treasure" to be. I got to interview one of the mangers, Ernesto "Neto" Cabral, of Mother of Pearl:
1. When did Mother of Pearl open and under what purpose?
Neto: "This place opened in the summer of 2014. It opened with the purpose of trying to bring upon vinyl marketing to El Paso. We wanted to bring it in a fresh and new way unlike the traditional and conventional way of selling vinyl. We focus on bringing psychedelic, independent, new genres and new projects of music and that way people have more access to different types of music."
2.When did you start working with Mother of Pearl or have you known about this place and concept since day one?
Neto:" I've been with Mother of Pearl for a year and because I am a resident of El Paso and I'm also a dj and that led me to work with them. (Owners Austin Allen and David Cepeda). I am very familiar with cd's, vinyl and music."
3. I've noticed that you have a small selection of vinyls, what is this due to? Very selective.
Neto:" This has to do a lot with our music influences and how we carry ourselves. We want El Paso to get familiar with the music and us."
4. What makes Mother of Pearl different to other places? Especially for this that have not been here before.
Neto: "We are not only selective in the music and quality, but we are also making it easier for the public to cut down on time looking for vinyls as well. We shape a lot of this to out taste as well. It is important to keep vinyl alive. Vinyl is a culture, it marks your life. It has been the first form for having music since the beginning."
5. What inspired this "box" design for the place?
Neto:" Montecillo had this concept in mind from the beginning and this store was one they had in mind knowing that there was going to be a smaller selection. The purpose from the beginning was for people to enjoy vinyl."
6. What advice do you have for those that are planning to or are beginning to buy vinyl?
Neto: "Keep buying vinyl! Try to get the most you can, they are treasure. The better they are taken care of, the more they are worth and you are adding history to them. I have some vinyls of bands that aren't together anymore, but I have the vinyl! Vinyl is not just a fashion statement of the moment. "
I want to thank Mother of Pearl for the interview, I've been a customer for a while and all I can say is that I love everything about it! I love the selection, decoration and ambient! I recommend for anyone wishing to buy a vinyl and happens to be at Montebello to go. "Just do it!" -Pao.