Vinyl making a comeback
VINYL records are in the middle of a resurgence.
Unlike the cassette tape, vinyl is going from strength to strength and is the medium that refuses to die.
Tomorrow is International Record Store Day and Roger Liddle of Southbound Records in Mt Eden says it has grown over the years into something really special.
‘‘It’s grown into a really big event, it’s probably bigger than the lead-up to Christmas for us,’’ he says.
Independent record stores around the country have special vinyl releases to coincide with the day and some have live music.
Southbound Records has live in-store performances as well as an outdoor area where people can come along and celebrate the store and everything vinyl.
Real Groovy co-owner Marty O’Donnell says it’s a celebration of independent record stores worldwide.
‘‘It’s a movement that was started in the United States and it just kinda grew.’’
His store will have
live acts including The Phoenix Foundation who have released a new seven inch record.
Liddle has seen an increase in vinyl sales in recent years.
‘‘It’s not just the older generation, it’s a whole younger generation that is right into it,’’ he says. aged men Davidsons, turntables.’’
O’Donnell has noticed the same trend and is amazed at the knowledge young record buyers have.
‘‘One of the most gratifying things is the 15-year-old ‘‘Some middlebuy Harley some buy kids in the store after school or on weekends talking so informatively about new and old vinyl,’’ he says.
O’Donnell says a record store is a destination for likeminded people to meet and talk.
Aside from the sound quality, Liddle thinks another reason people are moving back to vinyl is because they are buying something beautiful.
‘‘It is just a wonderful thing, taking an LP home, you can read the liner notes, you get a nice piece of art,’’ he says.
‘‘The whole process of putting it on the turntable and putting the tone arm on the record and hearing the clarity as well as the whole breadth of sound, the way it was recorded.’’
On rotation: Roger Liddle of Southbound Records thinks vinyl is here to stay.