Name: Rik Taub
Profession: Record dealer and
DJ. I run Rik’s Disks on Station Street and DJ nights
in Brighton and Lewes, at places like Komedia and the Lansdown.
My shop sells genre music: soul, blues, rock and roll, new
and second hand, on vinyl and cd. I don’t do chart stuff
as a rule. People can get that elsewhere.
Are you local: if not how long have
you been here? I live in Haywards Heath, but I’ve
run this shop here for eleven years.
Best thing about Lewes? The people.
They’re arty, informed. It’s good for business.
There are also a lot of music enthusiasts who come here to
browse. Or to dig, as I like to put it.
Worst thing about Lewes? That’s
not difficult. The traffic’s terrible, especially in
Station Street. I’m expecting to get something through
the window one day. Lorries pile up here with big loads: the
other day I saw a group of school kids who literally had to
jump out the way of one.
Favourite pub? The Royal Oak,
and the Lansdown. Can I have two? I DJ in the Lansdown and
there’s a really nice, appreciative crowd there. I don’t
get asked for Abba, I play blues and rock and roll and they
What’s your poison? Guinness.
And Harvey’s, of course. Let’s give Harvey’s
Waitrose or Tesco (or neither)?
Waitrose have nicer stuff, and I find Tesco’s have always
run out of what I want.
What do you think about traffic wardens?
I actually think they’re very reasonable here. They
tend to go for people who go over the limit on meters. But
a mate of mine was parked outside here for twenty minutes,
and when one arrived, he just said sorry and moved on. I’ve
even seen people talk their way out of tickets that have been