Video Interview: @ThisFunktional talks with co-directors Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone about VINYL NATION

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional

Co-directors Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone talk with Jesus Figueroa, @ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com, about VINYL NATION, part of Dances With Films.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, “Vinyl Nation” directors/producers Kevin Smokler & Christopher Boone partnered with Record Store Day in 2020 to offer a digital premiere of their film to support independent record stores across the United States in the true nature of the independent spirit. Over 200 record stores came aboard, selling a collective total of 3,690 tickets, raising nearly $37,000 for their businesses. Record stores kept 100% of the ticket proceeds from this one-weekend-only digital premiere. The vinyl record renaissance over the past decade has brought new fans to a classic format and transformed our idea of a record collector: younger, both male and female, multicultural. This same revival has made buying music more expensive, benefited established bands over independent artists and muddled the question of whether vinyl actually sounds better than other formats. Vinyl Nation digs into the crates of the record resurgence in search of truths set in deep wax: Has the return of vinyl made music fandom more inclusive or divided? What does vinyl say about our past here in the present? How has the second life of vinyl changed how we hear music and how we listen to each other? The documentary includes a diverse range of people: men and women of different races and ages from across the country (Florida, Kansas, Texas, California, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Michigan). 

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