“We could see there was still a market, even though digital had taken over” – Matthew Horvath, owner of Clarity Records

Music streaming services such as Spotify have become incredibly popular in recent years, but the old ways never quite seem to die.

Vinyl records are no longer a format locked to the 1960’s. Last year, sales of vinyl jumped by 19% with nearly 800,000 albums sold on the format. Overall, vinyl makes up 25% of the overall Australian music market, with increasing numbers of Australian and international artists now offering their music on wax. Despite times where it appeared the end was near for records due to the digital realm, there has definitely been a massive resurgence in the market.

In 2014, Clarity Records, a record shop on Puletney Street, established A Day Of Clarity, a multi-venue free festival spread over a number of venues across the city’s east end. Not only does it celebrate the vinyl format, but also local music more generally.

So just what is causing the resurgence of vinyl? Is it the physical experience of actually having the music in your hands? The access to more local and independent music? Wavelength spoke to Matthew Horvath, owner of Clarity Records to discuss the resurgence of vinyl, and record shops generally.

Airdate: November 12, 2018

Reporter: David Simmons

Photo: Unsplash

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