ANDREW Montgomery knows all too well about revolving trends.
The owner of Leederville’s Urban Records says the resurgence of vinyl records is continuing to build, as young people are drawn to their tactile appeal.
Mr Montgomery has run the Oxford Street store for 16 years and said the vintage music medium is now more popular than ever.
“In the last five years it has steadily picked up,” he said.
“Everything is being released on vinyl now, and there is a generation who did not even buy CDs but are buying vinyl.”
Mr Montgomery said his CD sales make up about 20 per cent of his album sales where vinyl records were 80 per cent.
If you speak to many millennials, it is not hard to see the resurgence of the analogue sound medium among younger generations.
Mr Montgomery said records and appealed to people from all different demographics.
“It is all ages – we get people in high school to baby boomers,” he said.
And Sony’s recent announcement they would go back into producing records after a 28 year hiatus confirms the mainstream appeal of vinyl.
Sales representative at Perth’s 78 Records Andrew Delang said he did not think the medium ever saw a downturn.
“People have gone back to something warm and vibrant, that sounds good – a lot of major artists have been releasing them for years,” he said.
Mr Delang said artists like Tame Impala and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard suited the medium.
Classic artists including David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Prince were also extremely popular.
Figures released by the Australian Recording Industry Association indicate $15 million of new records sold in Australia last year, its six consecutive year of increased sales.
ARIA chief executive Dan Rosen said it was an exciting time for the Australian music industry.
“It seems that a lot more artists are using vinyl as a way to give their fans a tangible way of showing their fandom, while also providing a digital download so that their music can also be consumed on the go.
“It is an exciting time, as Australian music fans are consuming more music than ever before with an expanding range of options to access music – whether through streaming services, digital downloads or visiting the local record store to buy vinyl.”