Disc Makers, a vinyl record producer for indie artists based in Pennsauken, has entered — or re-entered, as it were — the market after a 15-year hiatus.
And that’s because the market for vinyl records is growing — 35 percent per year for the last five years, despite continued decreases in recorded music sales revenue.
"It's not back to the future from our perspective; it's forward to the past," Disc Makers CEO Tony van Veen said in a statement.
The company creates high-quality 7- and 12-inch vinyl records in an assortment of colors and weights, as well as record jacket packaging — and, get this, it uses all the same machinery it did when it first opened in the 1950s, although refurbished and retooled.
Much of the company’s manufacturing team is the same as it was during vinyl’s heyday.
"Our managers have been here for decades and know how all this works," Production and Logistics Manager Jim Foley said. "The guy who manages our CD plant is the guy who managed our record plant. We were the ones who invented this business of offering vinyl directly to independent artists."
"With our expertise and our ability to offer this to hundreds of thousands of performing artists, Disc Makers will raise the overall visibility of vinyl," van Veen said. "Artists will be able to easily get the vinyl product they want, when they want it, which will increase demand from artists and, in turn, from fans. And that promises to move the needle for the whole industry."
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