I have worked in the MI and Pro Audio industry for nearly two decades now (all with the same company) and have played guitar for almost twice as long. Yet, in all that time, I have never worked – or attended – the NAMM Convention, the industry’s second largest tradeshow – much less any other tradeshow – until now.
A little over five years ago record sales were all but dead, giving way to compact discs, digital downloads and streaming. Vinyl was becoming scarce – as rare as the 8-track tape. But something happened. That something was Record Store Day. As seen in the graph below, sales of vinyl in 2012 actually surpassed the number sold in 1997 after a decade-long nose dive into near extinction. (more…)
What’s better than ending a long week by throwing down a couple of brews and splitting a round of nachos and wings? Well, throw in good conversation with belly-busting laughter and it doesn’t get much better than that…and that’s exactly what R-Evolution Industries founder Jeremy Schulz and I did last week at Lake City’s Elliott Bay Brewing Company. (more…)