The vinyl revival has proved to be a long-term trend rather than a short-lived blip, but that’s causing increasingly long waiting lists for slots at vinyl pressing plants. Now artist and Third Man Records owner Jack White has called on the three major labels to step in.
“While the entirety of vinyl investment and framework in the past decade has originated from independent companies and investors, the bigger problems we now see require major solutions,” he wrote this week.
“In this spirit, I turn to our collegial big brothers in the music world, Sony, Universal, and Warner, and politely implore them to help alleviate this unfortunate backlog and start dedicating resources to build pressing plants themselves.”
White stressed that he is not trying to ignite indies-versus-majors tensions. “The issue is, simply, we have ALL created an environment where the unprecedented demand for vinyl records cannot keep up with the rudimentary supply of them,” he wrote.
“We’re all on the same team with the same goals. I truly believe that with a good faith investment in the infrastructure that got us here, we can continue on this upward trajectory and further inspire the worlds around us.”