Vinyl records still supreme for many

Thursday, July 5, 2018

LAUNCESTON disc jockey Randall Foxx recalls a day when all DJs had to play records.

‘‘It used to be if you didn’t play records, you didn’t play,’’ he said.

That was about 10 years ago, before the rise of digital music and when Mr Foxx would often be seen turning up to DJ with two backpacks as well as crates full of vinyls.

A lot has changed since then, but one thing is clear – vinyls are making a comeback.

Yesterday was Record Store Day, an annual event held across the country that sees special activities and limited releases launched in celebration of music.

Launceston store Shots on Wax participated in the celebration for the first time yesterday with Mr Foxx mixing beats from 9am.

Mr Foxx said vinyls were ‘‘massive now’’ and expected them to be for a while.

‘‘It sounds better when it’s vinyl,’’ he said.

‘‘It sounds warm … [when it’s digital] it’s so compressed.’’

Shots on Wax owner Andy Collings said the store had put out a few limited editions yesterday and the classic albums, like Nirvana, were the ones selling the best.

He said the day was about giving a tip of the hat to all the independent stores that are still going.

DJ Randall Foxx spins vinyl at Shots on Wax for Record Store Day. Foxx says vinyl records are ‘‘massive’’ at the moment and predicts they will continue to be for some time to come. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

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