Record Store Day is a fine thing.
It turned around things for a lot of the key shops up and down the country and put the focus back on the front line in a time when the pirates were making things difficult for the people that really care about the music.
For this alone Record Store Day is to be treasured.
Anything that puts the focus back onto the people that make this whole damn thing work is worthwhile and it’s great for the shops to receive the attention and the love of the music fan.
For this alone is is to be celebrated but for us, it’s a double edge sword, with the mainstream success of the event -which is to be applauded, comes the mighty weight of the industry. At one time Record Store Day was a great opportunity for the quirky and the interesting and what, was once termed John Peel type of bands to have an opportunity to get their music heard and sold but this has now become nearly impossible in the avalanche of releases, with all manner of heavyweight major names on major labels flogging limited runs of vinyl whilst promoting their bigger releases.
Not that there is anything wrong with this in the context of the day, as it gets people into the record shops and this, hopefully forges a new long term relationship with the shops and the great people that work in them but it does seem a shame that the left field and the up and coming have been brushed aside in what is just another marketing opportunity for the big name acts who have probably not been in a record shop themselves for decades…
What do you think?
Does it matter what gets released as long as the shop profits
Is it a shame that the interesting is getting lost in the avalanche?