11:00 am New York Time / 5:00 pm CET
If you sum up the state of Vinyl today in one, it’s RESILIENCE.
Over the past 15 years (decade in Europe), Record Store Day propelled the global rebirth of the format as the current preferred physical music carrier and a year-round phenomenon that celebrates record store culture.
In the last two years, it’s not only withstood but grown substantially sales-wise, despite:
- A worldwide pandemic that is still leaking havoc in everyday life everywhere
- Global supply chain issues that hamper the movement of materials and finished goods
- Rising costs for consumables including PVC, packaging cardboard, etc.
- A single lacquer supplier in Japan to accommodate everyone’s manufacturing
- Safety protocols (see #1) resulting less foot traffic at retail and more e-commerce
Pressing plants are as busy as they can be to keep up with consumer demand, which shows no signs of slowing down. How do we keep this momentum going? We hear from leading European RSD representatives how they’re faring and preparing amid an uncertain environment in a discussion moderated by Making Vinyl co-founder Larry Jaffee, author of the forthcoming book, Record Store Day: The Most Improbable Comeback of the 21st Century, to be published globally 23 April 2022, coinciding with RSD’s 15 anniversary.