Earlier this week, Forbes magazine posted an in-depth piece on the comeback of vinyl and Record Store Day, written by Tim Clark.In a time where people are quick to label the current state of the music industry as "failing" or "experiencing a downfall," Clark points out that the independent record store experience illustrates otherwise.
DOWN/ex-PANTERA vocalist and Housecore Records CEO Philip H. Anselmo was interviewed for the piece, and gave his personal thoughts on the rise in record store activity and how it supports growth in the music business and community.
"Record Store Day promotes this type of passion of having the actual product in your hand instead of just a download," Anselmo told Forbes. "I love having the full album, art, lyrics and I think vinyl sounds better. And as a label owner, it makes me happy to see that people slowly but surely want to have this tangible copy in their hands instead of a free [expletive] download, which is driving me [expletive] bananas." Founded in 2007 and officially kicked off in 2008 by METALLICA, Record Store Day takes place on the third Saturday of every April and brings together artists and independently owned record stores around the world to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and sold in independent stores. For a list of participating retail outlets, visit www.recordstoreday.com.