Ok, I'm a 30 something (ex musician), that works in a record store. We used to be an independant, but are now owned by a large corporate chain,
which in some ways is better and other not so good. I don't download, occasionally I'll check something out on spotify to see how I feel about it,
but to be honest, I've got stuff in shrinkwrap from last year still.
Now, I'm biased, this is my living and these are very strange times for the music industry, but I'm totally in love with "physical product", the
whole thing, the packaging, the audio quality, sitting on the bus with my bag of new stuff checking it out, ahh, vinyl makes me all warm inside,
saying that I got Stevie Wonders' "Music of my mind" on vinyl that came with a free download of the album and I did download that, but never
bothered to listen to it.
I'm gonna "big-up" my store a little... we're in a large(ish) city and have a great and loyal customer base (got a nice bottle of red of a punter
yesterday) and weirdly our customers do talk to each other, there's a great vibe, people are really into what they're getting, we've got a 15 year
old kid that buys Stooges albums and he asked me what Sonic Youth records he should buy
- there's old black guys that are giving me pointers on my
jazz-listening (I've a lot to learn), but one guy told me to get Ascension by Coltrane and it's a damn fine record... maybe that would've come up
on my Amazon recommends, but I'd probably have ignored it, but then Barry, telling me in his West Indian drawl, that I'll fall in love with dis
record made me buy it. We're not particularly specialist, we cater mostly to the alternative market, but it's so good to be able to trawl through
stuff, hold it in your hands and feel that little tingle.
I remember being 14 or so and reading through the thanks-lists on records, noting all the bands that were mentioned and checking them out, that really
broadened my horizons.
Contractually, I can't say too much, but there is a perceived future for "physical-product" and it's kinda rosy.