After kindly being invited along the to BPM show at the NEC,Birmingham how could we refuse. So we jumped in the car with a pocket full of money (just in case) and started our journey. BPM was heaving with lots of sparkling & flashing goodies for us to sample but we were surprised how much it focused on Vinyl this year rather then controllers. All the major brands like Serato,Denon,Stanton,Reloop and,of course,Pioneer bringing out new firmware,hardware and everything in between.
Pioneer launching the PL1000’s and the new DMX S9 mixer alongside the new Rekordbox 4.0 firmware soon to be DVS (Digital Vinyl System) compatible storming ahead of the rivals,and the Dj’s at the Pioneer stand proved that. However its not just Dj’s that are welcoming back the snap,crackle & pop of vinyl high street supermarkets are even going to stock them for the first time ever. More and more Record exchange shops are popping up everywhere too,2 near us are Crazy Beat records,Upminster & Spinalong records,Brentwood. Nothing quiet beats digging out that rare banger you looked for forever,Downloading & streaming never quiet captured that feeling.
You don’t have to take our word for it you just have to search it on line here are some statistics:
vinyl LP sales are up 38 percent year-to-date. “Vinyl sales now comprise nearly 9 percent of physical album sales”
Digital album sales were flat compared to last year, and digital track sales were down 10.4 percent. Unsurprisingly, CD sales were down 10 percent.
So the old “liquorice pizza” is making a comeback and guess who sold the most vinyl albums of late……. Taylor swift!!! with her album 1989, which sold 33,500 LPs. So theres the truth that its not just DJ’s getting back into it (Unless your dropping some T.Swift in the clubs??)
So keep an eye out for Rekordbox 4.0 with DVS from pioneer being launched October ’15 & DVS early ’16. Not forgetting all the other brands jumping on the vinyl band wagon. Also next time your grocery shopping you might just throw a LP in your trolley. 😉