The idea that vinyl is post peak, dying, or having jumped the shark is as my friend Stephen Judge would say “complete bollocks!” Stephen Judge, a native of England and owner of Schoolkids Records in Raleigh, NC recently wrote a long and passionate article about the vinyl industry, if you are into that sort of thing you should definitely get your fill by reading his article in Blurt, titled “NEVERMIND THE BOLLOCKS, HERE’S THE VINYL RECORD INDUSTRY”, it’s a masterpiece rant if I’ve ever read one.
My reason for mentioning Stephen and Schoolkids Records is that his store is the backdrop of my current interview location with South African-born and North Carolina-based singer/songwriter, and multiinstrumentalist, Laura Reed. If you are into indie “neosoul” artists who attended the school of the powerful political voices like that of Nina Simone, and even more recently in style and rhythmic flare to that of the late Amy Winehouse, then Laura Reed is probably already on your musical radar screen. Laura recently released her solo debut album, The Awakening, on her label Five Five Giant Records. Since the release of The Awakening, Reed has won three Nashville Industry Music Awards; two times for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and once Best Live R&B/Soul Performer.
In our interview recorded at Schoolkids Records, we discuss the choices that her fans make when considering vinyl, but also the choices artist must make when releasing their work on vinyl. WARNING: What you may hear in this interview may shock you, and may also change some of your previously held misconceptions about the vinyl resurgence. Listener beware!