I’m sure you’ve heard someone say vinyls back or maybe you’ve seen someone post it the new records they’ve bought on Facebook. It’s becoming cool to collect records again and more youngsters are buying them. More modern artists are getting records pressed like ED Sheeran or Little mix.
So did vinyl make of a comeback or did it even leave? I’ve worked in a record shop and know plenty of music lovers who have some of the best and biggest collections I’ve seen and heres my views on the whole Vinyl Revival phenomenon.
Since the early 2000s we’ve seen new devices come into the market a lot with the biggest change happening in 2005 when then Ipod Nano got released. As you can imagine people loved this and they took a big boom, then came Grooveshark in 2006. Pandora also started picking up about this time and rose to the top pretty quickly, Pandora had been around since early 2000s though! and eventually Spotify made its appearance in 2008.
Throughout all this we had Itunes, we’ve had Beatport and more and more people bought a song online for £0.50-£1.20. We’ve also had CDs through this too. So if you look at all of these different pieces of software and these companies you’ll see a slowly dying trend for digital downloads and the increase of music streaming software. Though while all this has been happening, we’ve barely heard about Vinyl at all but it never actually went anywhere. IF it did and the vinyl revival is a thing then we can safely say its just about been revived. Record sales have been on the increase since 93.
The past five or six years might seem like there has been a big boom but the reason you’re probably seeing more and more artists producing records etc pushing vinyl now is because people are realising the digital download is starting to die out. I say its got about two years left – if that. The music industry is a bubble itself.
Record Store Day is getting bigger every year, the vinyl culture is mature and fully fledged.
Record sales have seen a 260% growth since 2009! in fact vinyl suppliers are actually having a hard time keeping up with the demand. When I worked at the record store one of my jobs was to order in stock from one of our suppliers – we had 8. They released weekly lists of their stock. I phoned up one of our bigger suppliers to make orders off of it on the Monday and they had sold out of everything. A large record shop from Germany phoned up and bought it all. This was the only time this happened but getting a call or email back from a supplier to say they don’t have the records in stock was a common occurrence.
Pretty mental that all the digital inventions (mp3 players, Ipods, Streaming applications… hell even portable cd players) that brough you music anywhere anytime are basically dying on deaths door compared to vinyl now? People love seeing the records that they can display, touch, feel… Starting a collection is just as great as playing the music itself and I think every vinyl collector will have mutual feelings.
You’ll probably find the artist themselves (more so independent artists) will makes more from record sales as opposed to digital download. Especially small bands, artists who order small runs of 2-300.. it gives them something physical to sell.
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