Vinyls get new lease on life

By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer reporter

Monday, September 16, 2013

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DARREN Hamilton makes no apologies about his love for roots-reggae and vinyl records. He pays homage to both on October 25 with the revived Live To Vinyl series at Cable Hut Beach in Bull Bay.

In an interview with the Sunday Observer, Hamilton said the concept behind the event is to provide patrons on the beach with positive reggae music "whilst giving upcoming and established acts a platform to deliver this full experience."

For next month's show, there will be a 'Vinyl After Party' session featuring the Rockers Soundstation and Trouble Shoot Disco sound systems.

Live To Vinyl was first staged three years ago and showcases the Uprising Roots, the band Hamilton manages.

He spoke about his love for vinyl records.

"I grew up listening and collecting vinyl. I believe that the true essence of music is preserved in vinyl. We started (Live) Vinyl Series in November, 2010 not only as a platform but as a way our music/culture/heritage could once again be revived and passed on to the next generation, many of whom don't know what vinyl look like," he said.

With the advent of the compact disc in the mid-1980s, vinyl quickly became an underground commodity.

The emergence of digital distribution a decade ago threatened to make it obsolete, but there are thriving vinyl markets throughout Europe, the United States west coast and Japan.

Live To Vinyl is scheduled to be held monthly.

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