Vinyl record sales spike as young people embrace old-school style

Posted: 1:33 PM, Jul 13, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-13 18:37:43-04

More people are switching from digital to old school. 

With records, cassette tapes, CDs, and now online streaming, there's always been a way to listen to your favorite song.

UMKC student Dylan Young said vinyl records are the way to go.

“It’s more of an experience than streaming it off of Spotify or something like that,” said Young.

The 21-year-old has been hooked on vinyl records since he was 14.

“I think a lot of people enjoy the physical experience. You get the art work, some of them have lyrics.”

Now most of his friends do as well. But why?

Chuck Haddix is a Sound Archivist at UMKC. He showed us the university's library of more than 300,000 records.

“I think a lot of it has to do with nostalgia. A lot of the groups that are filling the Sprint Center are groups that were popular in the 70's and 80's,” said Haddix.

Forbes Magazine predicts record sales to top $1 billion this year.

And if you think it only means big money for record labels, just ask Sherman Breneman. He's the manager of The Vinyl Underground on Troost Avenue.

“Our sales are going up every month. We are up 20 percent vs last year. We are up 40 percent from last month. 80 percent so far this month.”

Both Breneman and Young said there are a lot of reasons why people are turning to records.

“You have to drop the needle, you have to flip it halfway through. I think people appreciate that,” said Young.