By IRENE LAU
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Video by NICOLE ANG & IRENE LAU
Vinyl records might be a thing of the past, but their appeal in art and culture is still popular even until today. They represent nostalgia, a brand of classic music and now, a trend among young people.
Vinyl is significant in art and culture especially for British people. In fact, it is gaining popularity in the UK. A report by BBC news revealed that vinyl and CDs still dominate the music industry today, with a research from the British music industry showing that sales of vinyl records rose to it’s highest figure last year. This was surprising because while the overall sale performance in the music industry decreased, there was an increase in vinyl demand.
LP store owner Mark Richardson said: “The vinyl record industry started to regain it’s popularity in these few years.”
The emergence of CDs(compact discs) and DVDs (digital video discs), as well as access to downloading music, posed a challenge to the vinyl record industry, but Mark said the situation has improved today.
According to Mark, many young people today enjoy listening to vinyl records, some coming to his store to buy records dating back 45 years ago.
So what does vinyl records have that CDs and DVDs can’t offer? Mark said that vinyl records have a better sound quality and that it had a ‘warm sound’.
It is also bigger and has a fantastic outlook.
“Vinyl records do not need much maintenance and they are not that fragile, as long as you do not touch the surface of the record and hold it with care,” Mark said.
Intro About LP store:
Mark owns LP record store, a quaint little shop in Sheffield with colourful window displays of vintage vinyl record covers: sure to catch the eye of people walking down Arundel Street in Sheffield.
LP store sells and buys records and CD, with a large collection of vinyl records of different genres in the store. He said: “People come to me and sell their collections, so customers can come here to discover different types of music.”
“I had a strong passion and enthusiasm towards vinyl records since I was 16 years old,” he said. With this in mind, he used his own money to start his business, gradually getting to know people and building up his collections.
As a vinyl lover, Mark likes German electronic music, reggae, funk and rock.
If you are interested with the culture of vinyl records, you can try it out in UK.
LP Record Store
137A Arundel Street,
Sheffield, S1 2NU
email address: email@example.com /
Contact No: 01142763505
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