In the second part of my on-going “Beginners Guide to Collecting Vinyl” series, I delve into the world of vinyl collecting clubs.
Just as vinyl has seen a resurgence so have music subscription services (remember Columbia House?). These vinyl collecting clubs (VNYL, Vinyl Me, Please, and more specialized ones like Jack White’s Third Man Records Vault, Trax & Wax) basically do the heavy lifting for you by sending you curated records for a fee.
Although there are many vinyl collecting clubs to choose from, I joined Vinylmnky (membership is $29.99 per month for one album). The Austin, Texas-based start-up feels more like a social club (minus the dumb hats) than a subscription service, where “Tribe” members can not only geek out with other collectors, but with the musicians themselves through exclusive artist-driven content — from signed LP’s to personally designed album artwork to in-depth interviews.
I had a chance to chat with Vinylmnky founder Travis Jourdan about the advantages to joining a vinyl record club, what separates his subscription service from the rest, and some insider collecting tips.
Travis Jourdan: Vinyl subscription clubs complement each other by providing a different approach to creating a vinyl collection. Some provide vinyl that’s curated to the member’s personal music taste. Others give you the classic records that are essential for any vinyl collection. It’s truly a different experience than just shopping by yourself.
We identify the upcoming artists just breaking into the music scene and connect them with our members through engaging experiences.
Vinyl record of the month clubs are more than just vinyl in the mail, they’re communities. They connect member to member, members with artists, or allow members to participate in cool and engaging activations.
Thank you! Everyone on the team constantly listens to a lot of new music, shares, and discusses between ourselves. We also receive a significant amount of submissions (and review every one of them). From there, we vet out and all come to agreement on the best fit for the Tribe.
Yeo, an artist out of Australia. He was so committed to interacting with the members and did it in so many different ways. From an Instagram takeover, Twitter AMA, interviews, a Vinylmnky playlist, and a Youtube video about being the Breakthrough artist. On top of that, he just gave us a damn good LP, Ganbaru.
There a lot of artists we’ve kept our eye on and we plan on working with, from The Japanese House to morgxn. But, the one I’m personally looking forward to working with is R.LUM.R. Not only does he have a great personality on and off-stage, but his music is so cool and new and I can’t wait to share his stuff with everyone else.
Go after what you love and be open to experiencing new ways to collect and experience vinyl, from new and independent artists to vinyl record clubs and stores in their local communities.
Definitely Gold Rush by I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business. It’s one of my favorite albums by one of my favorite artists (it’s a side project of Ace Enders from The Early November). It’s been with me through personal moments and life experiences. It’s also one of the very few copies ever made, so it’s an extremely special album to me.
Patrick Green is Crave’s music editor. Follow the LA-based writer/director’s tales, lies, and exaggerations @ByPatrickGreen on Twitter, Vimeo, Instagram.