LE BAIN: Tell us about your days spent at Detroit’s legendary Buy-Rite Records store. Your fellow Detroit artist Terrence Parker said to us: "Hanging out in those record shops in Detroit was in itself a social gathering that would rival any current day meet-and-greet.”
DEZ ANDRES: Well, I guess given the seriousness of being at a record store [at the time], yes. You could find yourself there for hours; time’s just gone. Y’all just up there talking about records. God forbid that’s the day the shipment comes in or some new stuff comes in. It was definitely serious, maybe even more serious than the barbershop. You’re talking about a record store where everyone in the city came to get their music. So, if you caught the right people in there at a particular time, there could be four or five people in there for five or six hours talking about who knows what. It was definitely a place where you wanted to be.
How did you end up working at Buy-Rite Records?
That store was right around the corner from my house. They saw that I was a young guy who was passionate about records. Kenny [Dixon Jr.] vouched for me to work in there. It was what it was. I had all the hip-hop shit on lock. We were moving records out of there. It was fun, putting people up on shit. To this day, I don’t even work in record stores anymore, and I’m like, “You got this?” or, “You need this!”