Crate: Musika keeps music collecting alive at The Gasket Alley in PJ on April 1st, 2018.

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Crate: Musika keeps music collecting alive at The Gasket Alley in PJ on April 1st, 2018.

It's time to lose yourself in music. For the determined record collector and music geeks, it doesn't get much better than Crate: Musika, Malaysia's only annual independent music market. 

Crate: Musika, organised by a group of music enthusiasts, returns on April 1 with its fourth edition at The Gasket Alley in Petaling Jaya. It's an event designed for music collectors to unite and dig through new and old LPs - the popular format of the day. 

With over 30 vendors booked, mostly private collectors, the Crate: Musika market offers everything from rock, pop, jazz, funk to post rock, 80s New Wave and hip hop. The genres will be wide-ranging. Think Beatles bootlegs on vinyl to those old Hawaiian guitar records you inherited from your grandparents. And loads more! 
Need more than vinyl records? Looking for cassettes? Hunting for out of print CDs?

"Crate: Musika is just the place for music lovers. You can wear your music obsessiveness as a badge of honour," says Nurul Jannah, one of Crate: Musika's organisers. 

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Indie vendors and collector groups on board include Sputnik Rekordz, Shiny Happy People, Payola Records, Soundscape Records, Antiq Book Depot, Gee Amcorp, New Leafz Records, SK Vinyl, LP Freak Store, Amused To Death, Badmotorfinger, Effloresce Records and more. 

"There is a special selection of British indie rock on vinyl ready to drop at Crate:Musika. So brace yourselves and your wallets," says Sputnik founder Naza Mohamed.

Payola Records main man Zaid Omar is also looking forward to introducing the homegrown boutique label's releases to the masses. 
"We are putting out as many Payola new releases and catalogue titles. It's chance to introduce ourselves. As a local indie label, a platform like Crate: Musika is most helpful," says Zaid.  

Thousands of vinyl records - from new titles to RM10 bargain bin delights - will be on sale. Limited edition cassette releases, a variety of used CDs (jazz to world music and pop rock and metal), merchandise (Tshirts, patches) and vintage turntables are also on the list.

Crate: Musika will also present a line-up to entertain music fans, with vinyl deejays Disko Santan, Ruud (Public School), Olympic Diggers, Alijo, KidG and Xu set to buzz up the event. 

Event: Crate: Musika 
Venue: The Gasket Alley (opposite Jaya One), Section 13, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Date: April 1 (Sunday), 2018
Time: 3pm to 9pm
Admission: Free, above 18 event