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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.

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Michael Fremer

Founder, The Tracking Angle
Michael Fremer writes and edits TrackingAngle.com, produces the TrackingAngle YouTube channel and is a senior editor at The Absolute Sound. He previously conceived of and ran AnalogPlanet.com and the 52,000 subscriber strong AnalogPlanet YouTube channel. He was senior contributing... Read More →

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Ben Blackwell

Psychedelic Stooge, 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... 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... 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. (RTI) 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... 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... Read More →
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Jay Millar

General Manager, 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... Read More →

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