Hobby turned dream job for auntie and nephew


Former classical chef Trystan Lloyd Williams and his auntie Einir Williams have always been passionate about music.

But the resurgence of vinyl and advertisement of a local record shop for sale piqued their interest in making it more than a hobby.

Now they own Atomic, a vinyl and comic shop off Islington’s Camden Passage, which is about to celebrate its first birthday.

It has been a steep learning curve and a major life change for 27-year-old Trystan, who looks after the day-to-day running of the shop.

He explained: “Cheffing is long hours and very stressful – I got married last year and wanted to spend some quality time with my wife and improve my work-life balance.

“I’ve always been into music – through my teenage years and early 20s and always had a small collection of cherished albums. As vinyl was making a resurgence, I grew more of an interest. I was online one day trying to figure out what I wanted to do after cheffing and I noticed a record shop for sale in Stoke Newington. I mentioned it in passing to my Auntie (who all my musical tastes come from). She has an encyclopaedic knowledge when it comes music and had always talked about going into retail. We started talking about how we would run it and the dream started to become a reality.”