Greg Holden,
The TVD First Date

“Just like I would fight to the death to prove that film photography looks and feels better than digital photography, I would do the same for vinyl records versus digitally streamed or downloaded music.”

“Music listening however—just like photography—is subjective, and most people under the age of twenty-five have likely only ever consumed music digitally (sweeping generalization there, sorry!). So I’m not about to stand here and say they are wrong for not appreciating vinyl—or film for that matter. It’s all about the personal experience, and I would never judge someone on their personal experience. That’s how religious wars start.

To me, vinyl feels like I’m in the room with the band. It feels like the sound is penetrating my very being. I can hear every nuance, every imperfection, every frequency. It’s warm, it’s dynamic, it has depth, and it feels like a living, breathing creature. I can get lost in vinyl, and I’m grateful that my turntable doesn’t stop automatically when the side is done, because it keeps me present with the record I’m listening to. I have to pay attention.

The first record I ever owned on vinyl was Graceland. I remember buying a pretty cheap turntable, but some really beautiful speakers for my new apartment in Brooklyn. As soon as the needle hit the record I ran back to the record store and bought all my favorite albums. I was obsessed, and would never go back.

I’ve pressed every record I’ve ever made on vinyl, and my latest World War Me, is only available on vinyl. No CDs this time around, and almost no one seems to care about that, which is inspiring. It means people still really appreciate vinyl, and that gives me hope for the future of recorded music.”
Greg Holden

Greg Holden’s new full length release, World War Me is in stores now—on vinyl.

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