Yes, it’s true - independent record stores all over the world are celebrating Record Store Day on Saturday, April 13. Every year, thousands of shops globally throw a party unlike any other to celebrate how music brings the community together.
According to the official RSD website, the holiday was “conceived back in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently-owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.”
For audiophiles, this holiday is on-par with Christmas, except you’re generally shopping for yourself.
We caught up with our friends at Indy CD & Vinyl to talk about why this holiday is so important for the music industry.
“The idea is for your favorite artists to make something truly unique, special, and limited on vinyl for your collection, and to make those records only available at independent record shops, only on one day per year,” says store owner Andy Skinner. “The excitement alone drives music fans and their friends to the shops on that one day - and the experience potentially keeps them coming back all year long.”
Klipsch is proud to co-sponsor Indy CD & Vinyl’s annual Record Store Day festivities, meaning you’ll hear a vast swath of artists from across genres with stunning acoustic clarity. “Indy CD and Vinyl is an authorized Klipsch dealer and will be giving away Klipsch products from the stage all day long,” says Klipsch Creative Director Matt Sommers.
You can see some great live music, do some shopping, and get a chance to snare some amazing Klipsch goodies.
Skinner says Indy CD & Vinyl has been a part of Record Store Day from the very beginning. “2019 will be the 12th time we have ordered, unboxed, processed, alphabetized, inventoried, merchandised and sold literally thousands of records only available one magical day per year,” Skinner explains. “While it is up to each individual participating store exactly how to do this, what records to order (and how many), and what other events and fun stuff to do at a shop, what we have always done is to make the experience as fun and as community-centered as possible.
“We involve other local businesses, such as coffee shops to sell caffeine to folks waiting in line, a local bar to pull a liquor license and sell beer, local bands to perform, local industry to sponsor, local charities to spread their good word to our captive audience, etc.,” Skinner says. “Live music, beer, coffee, and food are always involved, and almost always hyper-local! This year, we will focus on the special releases on Saturday, with live music on our indoor stage most of the day, so that the main event is the product itself, the records the artists worked so hard to get to us to get to their fans. On Sunday, the party really gets going, with a giant sale inside the shop, DJs and DJ students from Deckademics all day long on our indoor stage, and a big festival-style party outside in our parking lot!”
Other record stores across the country are hosting similar parties to celebrate.
Skinner says Record Store Day is extremely important to the industry as a way to specifically showcase the small business owners, many of whom run their record shops as a labor of love. “It moves physical music product - the format that ensures the artists get paid for their work the best,” he says. “It is such a marketing blitz with such reach it gets the message of the existence of independent record stores to people who may not realize there is a great record shop in town. The volume of sales helps ensure mom and pop record shops on a small budget can continue to exist in down economies or slow years. It shines a spotlight on the best physical format of all. Long live Record Store Day! Long live the indie record store!”
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