Record revival

Izzy Colón, news-features writer

With new technology comes a demand for the newest, best gadgets available. However, many young people are breaking this trend as they choose to listen to music the way their parents and grandparents did: on vinyl. While current music fans scroll through Spotify on their iPhones to listen to their favorite artists, Ashley Maschman, sophomore, prefers to listen to her music on vinyl records.

“I got [my first] record for Christmas my freshman year,” Maschman said, “My father pulled out his CD collection and I started my own. [I got] vinyl for my birthday and the holidays and [eventually started] saving my money and buying them myself.”

Maschman said she is more inclined to appreciate all the music on an album when listening to it on vinyl. To choose a specific song the record player’s needle must be moved to exactly the right spot. Maschman says instead of doing this, she would rather listen to the entire album, forcing her to listen to songs she may otherwise skip over.

“Typically when I listen to [digital] music I skip around and pass songs or over-play one,” Maschman said. “With vinyl, I always listen to the entire thing.”

According to the New York Times, collecting records is a trend that has been gaining popularity within the last few years. Maschman said she believes that this popularity is due to the internet making it easy for people to share their collections.

“Once one person posts a cool picture of their record player and vinyl, other people want to have it too,” Maschman said. “[It’s] the style of enjoying things from the past, just like how old fashioned cars are considered cool.”

Maschman is not the only KHS student who has participated in this hobby. Cynthia White, sophomore, recently became fascinated by records rising in popularity and began collecting vinyl over winter break of 2016. White said she began collecting because she enjoys having a physical copy of the music she listens to, and prefers the old-fashioned vibe of records to CDs.

“I’ve always been attracted to records because of how vintage [they seem],” White said. “It’s cool that they [used to be] in style, and now they’re coming back into style.”

Another avid record collector, Sarah Mueller, senior, said she enjoys collecting records because listening to music by older artists is more enjoyable and feels that the music is in its rawest form.  

I have original copies of the music from when it was actually [released]. You get to hear the actual way the music is supposed to sound.”

— Sarah Mueller, senior

“I have records from bands that didn’t originally put out CDs,” Mueller says. “ I have original copies of the music from when it was actually [released]. You get to hear the actual way the music is supposed to sound.”

Mueller stresses this sense of authenticity improves her listening experience, so paying more for a record than a download doesn’t bother her. Digital music is far less expensive to own than records, which Mueller says makes growing a collection of records difficult and causes hesitation in many people to begin collecting.  Maschman also recognizes the hobby as expensive but agrees that spending the extra money for the experience is well worth it.

“I’ll have those albums and [my] record player for the rest of my life,” Maschman said. “I can always go back to it and listen to those songs.”