Hello everyone, today I am going to be speaking about a topic I get asked about a lot and that is why I buy vinyl. I got into vinyl about a year and a half ago now when I got Multiply by Ed Sheeran cheap on eBay. I went out to Argos and purchased a really low quality, cheap turntable. Since then I have upgraded and I now have a full high quality set up. There are many reasons why I prefer vinyl over cd, digital and cassette so I’m just going to talk you through my main ones.
I love album artwork so much and with vinyl you get to see that artwork, you get to hold and appreciate it. A lot of work goes into artwork and I think there is something really special in seeing it in such a large form instead of seeing it on a phone. I really enjoy looking at the artwork of older records especially iconic ones I have like The Beatles and Queen as you are so familiar with it however when you get to see the cover in person you notice a lot of things you didn’t pick up on before and I find that extremely exciting.
The buying experience:
Buying records is so much fun. I love record stores, I don’t have too many independent ones near me so I mostly have to shop in HMV but the experience is mostly the same. You usually have to physically flick through crates of records to find the one you are looking for, you usually find some stuff along the way that you weren’t planning to find. however, if you buy albums on iTunes or stream it using Spotify or other streaming services then all you do is type it in and BAM! it’s there and you find nothing along the way which leads me to my third point…
You develop A wider understanding/ taste in music.
Since I have got into vinyl my taste in music has changed drastically for the better. I used to just listen to what the mainstream fed me, a lot of popular chart music isn’t pressed on vinyl that often and that lead me to draw away from that and get into new smaller artists and bands that weren’t so well known. Vinyl has also allowed me to take a step back and appreciate music from past years . Older family members have given me a lot of records and I have learnt a lot about past musicians and that I wouldn’t have learnt if it wasn’t for getting into vinyl.I feel vinyl is going to keep older music alive which is really important.
Encourages people to talk about music:
I have found with independent record shops that you can find a lot of people who are willing to talk about music and give recommendations, I think that in the modern world we live in that it’s really important for people to communicate like this about music.It is a very good way to make friends while also discovering new music, its a win win situation really.
You have a physical collection:
Over time your collection grows and you can physically see the music you have purchased, I find with digital files they could just disappear at any moment yet you don’t have any physical loss. In years to come you will not be able to sell your digital copies on when you don’t listen to them as much, whereas with vinyl if you find you don’t enjoy a record anymore you can sell it on and make some of your money back while also giving someone the joy of the record. Again coming back to my previous point about vinyl being a talking point,you wouldn’t invite someone over to have a look at your iTunes account however, you may invite someone to come and have a look at your vinyl collection. You just feel like you own the album when you can hold it physically and see the grooves on a record as suppose to having a digital file.
There is something I find really special about a record player only being in one place that makes the practice of playing a record really sentimental I find listening to an album on vinyl in my room so much more enjoyable than listening to it on Spotify while walking down the street. That is because I enjoy the routine of flicking through my records finding one I want to listen to, taking it out of the sleeve, placing it on the turntable and putting the needle on and watching it spin. I feel it’s a lot more thought out that simply sticking on a playlist and skipping a song when you don’t like it. I also really enjoy getting up to flip the record (in fact I have just got up to flip my blossoms album I’m listening to as I’m writing this) as it allows you to interact with and hold the music in its finest form.
It sounds better:
When you listen to an album through your phone you are listeing to an audio file that has been compressed to fit onto that device which can alter the quality. However, this isn’t the case with vinyl and the record owner is given the gift of being able to listen to an album/ track as the artist and producers intended it to be heard. I feel I am more able to appreciate an album on vinyl than I am on download.
I understand that a lot of people would argue these points so here are common questions and statements from non-vinyl buyers…
“Vinyl is so expensive “
Not really, it’s getting cheaper. Because more people are now making the change to vinyl the demand is higher therefore making pressing vinyls more price efficient as the market for them is growing. When I started getting into vinyl I found they were quite expensive, the price was about £29 for an average 12 inch LP. This has declined and now average price is around £18- £20.You can pick up older records for super cheap in charity shops and you will be surprised with some of the stuff you can up in there.
But can you put a price on quality music?
“The vinyl hype will be over soon”
UK vinyl sales have recently reached a 25-year high, and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping. In fact in December for the first time in history vinyl outsold digital download, this was due to them being a popular Christmas gift choice. It is inevitable that eventually that vinyl sales will begin to decline again but that doesn’t mean that myself personally will stop choosing vinyl as I’m not overly bothered about the craze because I’m going to like it regardless of what other people like.
noun / informal
A person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.
like I mentioned in my last point vinyl is really popular at the moment with people of all races, religions, ages and genders meaning it is a trend that I would say is safely in the cultural mainstream.
“just illegally download music”
Um… no. I’m not even going to justify that because you’re going to be the one with awful quality music. Like just get Spotify instead at least you will get slightly better quality music and you won’t be breaking the law.
I hope you enjoyed reading about why I choose to have vinyl records, I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about why I don’t listen to radio that I feel ties in well with this one you can catch that here: Why I didn’t listen to radio for over a year.
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I am now also on Cymbal, If you don’t know what cymbal is it’s basically an instagram for music, it’s a great place to share music and meet new people. this isn’t sponsored I just really love the app.
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