BY TINA POWELL
Sounds Good Music, a record store in Port St Lucie, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year on April 20, International Record Store Day. Along with thousands of other independent music stores around the world, Sounds Good Music spent the day showcasing local live bands and celebrating the art of music.
Andy Royo, 49, has owned and operated Sounds Good Music since its opening in 2003.
“Music is my life,” says Royo, who works at the store every day.
The shop’s small location doesn’t demand a large staff and, aside from the owner, there is only one employee. Adults and teens alike come by the store daily to request consideration for employment.
“It’s funny, my daughter is probably another year away from realizing that working in a record store would be the coolest job in the world,” he laughs.
Andy birthed his interest in a music-centered career while working at a South Florida record store, Peaches, while in college.
Prior to Sounds Good Music, Royo owned a swimming pool repair company for 20 years.
“I liked being outside,” said Royo.
As nature and music so often go hand in hand, his enjoyment of the outdoors has remained intact through the years. When he’s not at the store, he enjoys camping with his wife and two children.
His store does substantial business on eBay. A large part of his time is invested in processing, packaging and shipping internet orders.
“My kids would probably describe me as a nerd because when I’m home, I’m always on my computer,” said Royo.
“The best part of the job is taking just that extra minute to get to get to know my customers, turning people onto new music. Sometimes I feel like a bartender, listening to people’s stories,” said Royo, smiling.