About Funky Moose Records
Music is in our veins. When Mark started the site in 2015, the idea was to sell a handful of records per month to satisfy the urge to hand over physical products after they’re sold. With a background in web design, which is obviously a service-based industry but also in retail sales, the physical sales aspect was missing in Mark’s career, so he started looking for a way to start an e-commerce store. The idea to start selling records came from a box of used black discs Mark had sifted through to pick the ones he wanted. The rest was up for sale and he started looking for a distributor after getting a less than desirable experience with one of the large online retailers. “I can do this better” was the trigger to start Funky Moose Records.
It took 8 days after launching the site for the first order to come in. 12 days later the next and it snowballed from there.
Mark experimented with products and services and see what people were looking for, connecting with a lot of collectors, artist and other retailers. Inventory grew along with the catalogue. From the launch, Funky Moose Records was made to support Canadian artists, which evolved into supporting indie artists without a label or distribution network.
After meeting each other, Jeremy let Mark know that he’s good at “finding shit at garage sales and auctions” and he could keep an eye out for used records.
The first few batches of records that Jeremy brought were pretty much that: shit.
Jeremy dove into educating himself on popular music genres and artists as well as visual grading of records. Over time, Jeremy picked up higher quality records and started getting a nose for valuable records.
Custom apps were built to streamline the business, programs were developed to support and promote Canadian artists and plans were made to expand the business to both a bigger location and different industry branches.
We hired Joel to keep the ever-growing inventory of new records up to date and Jennifer to help with keeping us sane in the shipping and receiving area.
Later, Jessica was added to the team to assist Jeremy with the grading of records.
Fast forward to 2019, Funky Moose Records is one of the leading Canadian, indie online retailers that sells both new and used records, accessories, storage solutions and cleaning supplies, still growing every year.
We hope you’re with us on our journey and even if you’re not, we hope you discover new music at the same rate we do.
Keep it groovy, people!
Funky Moose Records Timeline
- June 1st, 2015 - Online store opens
- June 8th, 2015 - First customer order is processed
- August 31st, 2015 - Funky Moose Records becomes an official Spin Clean Record Washer dealer.
- November 2015 - Funky Moose Records launches artist support.
- December 2015 - Funky Moose Records opens Discogs store to sell used records.
- April 2016 - Plans are made to start a vinyl subscription service.
- May 2016 - Funky Moose Records becomes the first Canadian retailer for the GrooveWasher record cleaning kit.
- August 2016 - Used records are now available on the Funky Moose Records website.
- August 2016 - The first episode of the podcast "Moose Tracks" is live.
- December 2016 - The Mystery Rock Box becomes a product in steps towards a vinyl subscription.
- March 2017 - Funky Moose Records becomes an official dealer for Kanto Audio.
- April 2017 - Funky Moose Records becomes an official Audioengine dealer.
- September 2017 - Funky Moose Records vinyl subscription pilot program launches. #VinylSubCa
- March 2018 - A redesign of the site was completed to improve speed and user experience.
- July 2018 - Funky Moose GOLD was introduced to help people save on shipping.
- October 2018 - The Vinyl subscription service shuts down due to a lack of interest.
- October 2018 - Funky Moose Records starts pressing promotional 7" records.
- February 2019 - Funky Moose incorporates under the name Funky Moose Audio Inc.
- April 2019 - Funky Moose Records becomes an official Audio Technica dealer.
Who do we sell to?
We're selling all over the world, but obviously, Canada is our main focus. Check out this map of the locations of the last 150 Canadian orders: