Lauren 'Lolo' Reskin Talks Local Music Preservation

April 17, 2013 | by —LIANA LOZADA
photography by Gesi Schilling
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Sweat Records owner Lauren Reskin  

A collector of vinyl since adolescence, Lauren “Lolo” Reskin opened Sweat Records eight years ago to give Miami's surrounding communities an authentic, neighborhood record store. To boot, her passion for the local music scene has earned her a spot on the City of Miami's Arts & Entertainment Council and on The Recording Academy's Florida Chapter Board. This Saturday, April 20, Lolo will host the fourth Sweatstock outdoor music festival, which turns N.E. 2nd Ave. into an all-day block party. Fittingly, the event coincides with National Record Store Day. Here, we talk to Lolo about Sweatstock, why, for music lovers, there's only one renovation plan for the Miami Beach Convention Center, and her current playlist.

What’s on slate for this year’s edition of Sweatstock?
LAUREN RESKIN: Tons of amazing live performances, delicious local food, crates upon crates of exclusive records, more stock of everything else than we've ever had, DJs, giveaways, and nice people. You can definitely expect to run into some friends and random people you haven't seen in a while.

How do you select the bands?
LR: We don't repeat bands year to year, but they can come back after that. It's good to give other local bands a chance to get on stage.

Obviously, the festival and concerts have huge appeal for younger audiences, but what about vinyl itself? Has your record store clientele gotten younger?
LR: Our ‘typical’ customer becomes more and more varied. I feel like it's tied to the resurgence of vinyl. We have young kids starting their first collection, older people starting their second, and everyone in between.  

In terms of preserving Miami’s music landscape, what are the most crucial issues?
LR: I’m advocating in any way possible on behalf of preserving The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. There are two [Miami Beach Convention Center] renovation plans on the table right now, and one keeps and improves The Fillmore and the other bulldozes it to make a Cirque du Soleil. Cirque is just such a wrong fit for Miami Beach. I truly hope the South Beach ACE team wins the bid.

What about nurturing our city’s future talent? What’s essential to that?
LR: There still needs to be more rent-controlled areas for artists and small business to be able to stay and build communities and prevent gentrification. We need some visionary real estate people to get involved and commit to making Miami livable and culturally significant, and not just ‘luxury.’

Last Question. What's on your playlist right now?
LR: Tame Impala, IO Echo, Holly Hunt, Damon Albarn, Levek. I am also a stupid fangirl that's excited for the new Daft Punk and Queens of the Stone Age albums.

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