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Wednesday, May 18 • 5:00pm - 5:50pm
The Vinyl Resurgence: ‘Hipster’ Fad or Here For the Long Haul?

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Worldwide vinyl record sales continue to rack up impressive annual sales gains, driven in great part by a young demographic. But there are troubling signs in the mix, including poorly pressed records produced from questionable, often mislabeled sources and a confusing reissue marketplace wherein multiple versions of the same title at various price points can be found in the same bin behind an artist’s place card. In this panel industry pros who manufacture, distribute and retail vinyl records will discuss the successes and difficulties they’ve experienced over the past decade riding the vinyl wave that some predicted, others dismissed and of which many remain profoundly skeptical. Also on the agenda will be a discussion of how this unlikely phenomenon began and what will be required to assure its continued growth in the 21st century.

Moderators
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Michael Fremer

Editor/Sr. Contributing Editor, Analog Planet/Stereophile Magazine
Michael Fremer is the Editor of analogplanet.com, a Sr. Contributing Editor at Stereophile Magazine and Contributing Editor at Sound&Vision magazine. He’s also contributed to The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Consumer Digest, and The Bergen Record (New Jersey), among other publications and periodicals. Fremer has also appeared on the oft-run ‘History of Audio’ documentary on The History Channel. He’s... Read More →

Speakers
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Ben Blackwell

Head, Production, Third Man Records
Beginning his career in the vinyl business at age 17 running mail order distribution for Detroit-based Italy Records, Ben Blackwell would take what he learned from that concern and start his own Cass Records imprint out of his childhood bedroom at age 20. Five years later, Blackwell was tapped to oversee the vinyl production and distribution for Third Man Records in Nashville. In the past fifteen years, he’s personally overseen the... Read More →
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Stephen Judge

Owner, Schoolkids Records
Stephen Judge began his career in 1990 as a part-time clerk at Raleigh, NC’s Schoolkids Records, his childhood record store, quickly working his way up to full-time status and becoming a buyer for several of the store’s locations. He went on to manage three of its locations and eventually purchased the store entirely in 2012, leading to its best sales year in a decade in 2014 and its best-selling day in history on Record Store Day... Read More →
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Don MacInnis

President, Record Technology Inc (RTI)
In 1983, a temp agency sent Don MacInnis to Record Technology Inc. on a three-day assignment and he never left. He and his wife purchased the company from founder Bill Bauer in March of 1992. RTI has grown into an around-the-clock operation producing over four million units per year while maintaining it's reputation as manufacturer of vinyl record pressings of the highest quality. The company also provides metalwork (nickel masters, mothers and... Read More →
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Ty Mattheu

Director, Product Development, Crosley Brands
Ty Mattheu is the Director of Product Development for Crosley Brands in Louisville KY. Crosley Brands is a consumer products company best known for its Crosley Radio brand, which is one of the largest producers of turntables in the world. With a customer base in over 30 countries, Crosley has been a key player in the resurgence of vinyl records in the marketplace. He has been with Crosley for 17 years, and over that time has worked in both... Read More →
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Jay Millar

Creative Director & Catalog Development, Sundazed Music
Jay Millar is a music industry veteran and vinyl veteran as well. Currently working with Sundazed Music and the newly minted Modern Harmonic label, Millar got his start in the industry in 1995 with PolyGram’s Detroit office. He spent eight years in New York split between BMG, Sony-BMG, and Universal. In 2007, United Record Pressing moved him to Nashville to help modernize the company and handle many facets of the business including... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
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