Jonathan Lottman has always loved music. Back when he was a kid, the DC native would collect records of all kinds, but he especially loved the sunny, syncopated Reggae beat. And a couple of years ago, as his life turned more inward with the demands of being a stay-at-home dad, his passion took shape and he decided to start a record store.The result is Spin Time Records, a virtual Hill-based storefront where you can scan the shelves and discover new artists or find your favorites– guided by Jon’s expertise, of course. His store’s focus is on DC artists and woman artists– and of course, Reggae, in a nod to his youthful passion.
The DC music culture, Jonathan tells me, has always been a part of the city and its cultural identity, but it’s now more mainstream. Perhaps aided by such high-visibility stunts as Glenn Close dancing to “Da Butt” during the Academy Awards earlier this year –or perhaps because it’s just plan good– DC music is having a bit of a moment and Jon gets plenty of orders from many places around the globe. He wants to make the DC community and specifically the Capitol Hill community aware of this resource right in their backyard. To that end, delivery within the Capitol Hill area is free with a $25 minimum purchase. (And delivery worldwide is just $5, so it’s a deal.)
Ultimately, his goal is a local storefront where people can come in and get a slice of DC music before they buy. For now, Jonathan can cater to your taste via email. He can even recommend record players should you crave that warm analog sound crackling in your ear. But his dream is to have a gathering place. In the meantime, he provides a unique local retail experience that “you can’t walk into just yet.” He will help you find what you’re looking for –and possibly introduce you to things you’d never considered. Even though his roots are here in the District, Jonathan is quick to admit that his education in the DC scene is a developing and ongoing passion, and he’s always eager to learn more about it.