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By William Socolov
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What's happening with record manufacturing today?

For those working in the music industry, it’s certainly not news that the surging demand for vinyl has created extraordinarily lengthy wait times for record pressing. From 2013 to 2014, the sale of vinyl records nearly doubled! As consumers purchase more and more of their music on vinyl, record pressing plants are having a tough time keeping up with the demand. Consequently, turnaround time in manufacturing has often reached up to six months or more, and in many cases, pressing plants won't accept new clients.

A record press at Brooklyn Vinyl Works
A record press at Brooklyn Vinyl Works

What are we doing? 

We are in the process of building a first-rate pressing plant that will run 24 hours a day in Brooklyn, New York and expect to be up and running, pressing records this July. One of our main goals will be finding and restoring used, out-of-service record pressing equipment. That equipment will be overhauled by our team of expert technicians and put back in service to manufacture records once again. 

Photos : Jacob Ganz
Photos : Jacob Ganz

For those interested in seeing our factory, our facility plans include the construction of a glass wall enabling the public to safely watch records being made. If interested in other aspects of the manufacturing process, please take a look at our rewards to learn about other close-up opportunities!

Background

Our owner, Will Socolov, has been in the music business since he was 20 years old, when he started his first record label with Arthur Russell, the iconic Sleeping Bag Records. The label had huge hits in the Dance and Hip-Hop world, and Eddy O’Loughlin, Talent Producer for The Voice, has called Will, "the best ears in the music business.” Sleeping Bag also had a successful imprint, Fresh Records.

Will later owned and operated EKS Manufacturing, a vinyl pressing plant, for ten years.  EKS pressed approximately 10,000 jobs and over eight million records. Previous clients of EKS include:

EKS was featured on CNN Money & NPR

Why does Brooklyn Vinyl Works need your help?

Building a facility of this scale is a HUGE undertaking! We’ve already raised the necessary funds to purchase a building in Brooklyn and are well on our way to completing the construction. Still, we need more help with acquiring additional machinery and bringing that equipment back to life. 

Val, Gary, Mike, and Will......................and Nick.
Val, Gary, Mike, and Will......................and Nick.

Record pressing plants are a marriage between very old and new manufacturing technologies. When a part breaks on a record press, you can’t run down to the Vinyl Machinery Superstore. Instead, you need the skill and knowledge to fabricate it yourself. The folks at Brooklyn Vinyl Works have years and years of expertise in the art of making records and are adept in the art of repairing and maintaining these old machines.

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All funds raised from our campaign will first go towards obtaining and upgrading a number of our factory's most vital components: a new boiler, a shrinkwrap machine, grinders and hydraulics equipment. After that infrastructure is complete, additional funds raised will go towards purchasing more presses. These presses are expensive and difficult to find, but with your support, we can obtain and restore them to their original glory.

The Rewards

Whether you're a customer who needs records pressed or an audiophile interested in seeing firsthand how a record is made, Brooklyn Vinyl Works will make record manufacturing more accessible. Most record collectors have never visited a pressing plant. Now they can.

T-shirt & Tote Bag
T-shirt & Tote Bag
Sleeping Bag T-shirt
Sleeping Bag T-shirt

For only $50, come get your feet wet in the world of record manufacturing and take a tour of the Brooklyn Vinyl Works factory with Chris Muth, a preeminent expert on vinyl records. While at our factory, you'll have a chance to see a record press being restored and learn about the process of bringing these machines out of retirement.

***Interested in multiple rewards? We're easy!

Please combine the value of them, donate the total amount ONCE to any one of those reward groups, and let us know - at info@brooklynvinylworks.com - exactly which rewards you would like to purchase.

We're also happy to announce the release of five, one-time-only Sleeping Bag special edition prints (as seen below) by rebel culture photographer Janette Beckman of some of SB's best! Londoner Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for music magazines “The Face” and “Melody Maker”. In 1982 Beckman moved to New York City working for labels like Sleeping Bag and Def Jam documenting the pioneers of hip-hop and the styles of the 1980s. Beckman’s photographs are exhibited in galleries around the world and right now at the Museum of the City of New York's 'Hip Hop Revolution' show. To learn more, please visit http://www.janettebeckman.com

Each high-quality black and white print is hand-signed by Janette and made to order. Choose from Arthur Russell, Craig Mack, EPMD, Mantronix, and Just-Ice! 

(Clockwise, from top left:) Arthur Russell, Craig Mack, EPMD, Just-Ice, and Mantronix
(Clockwise, from top left:) Arthur Russell, Craig Mack, EPMD, Just-Ice, and Mantronix

Record labels and artists looking to press records with us, please see our array of pressing options starting at $800 (shipping NOT included in price for pressings). Have questions about our process? Let us know!

*All backers who contribute $10 or more will have their names included on our factory mural.

Risks and challenges

The Factory
Owning and operating a manufacturing plant will always come with a number of risks and challenges. Fortunately, Will and his employees have many years of experience in record manufacturing and are confident that they can manage any challenges they encounter during the development of our factory.

Shipping
Rewards will begin shipping in August 2015 and will go into production to correspond with each target delivery date. We've given ourselves ample time to appropriately manufacture, package, and ship each product and realize that some items require more time to manufacture than others.

If any challenges do arise, we'll be sure to let our backers know as soon as they do, and will provide them with an updated ETA.

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    SPECIAL THANKS!

    Your name will be posted on our website, where it will stay for years to come so all will know that you did your part to keep vinyl alive and well in Brooklyn.

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    MURAL FAME!

    Your name will be placed on a mural at the front entrance of the Brooklyn Vinyl Works factory AND it will also be posted on our website.

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    DINOSAUR L 'GO BANG' 12"!

    Includes a previously unreleased Walter Gibbons mix of one of Arthur Russell's more well-known hits on the B-side and the much-loved Francois K version on the A-side. A MUST-HAVE for Arthur fans!

    Jackets will be silkscreened and the record will be limited to 300 copies, pressed at Brooklyn Vinyl Works, of course. (*includes shipping within the U.S.)

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    T-SHIRTS or PREMIUM TOTE BAG - BROOKLYN VINYL WORKS OR SLEEPING BAG RECORDS!

    Your choice of a t-shirt or tote bag with the stylish Brooklyn Vinyl Works logo OR the retro Sleeping Bag 'koala' logo, in true '90s hip-hop fashion. (*includes shipping within the U.S.)

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    EXCLUSIVE CAPTURED TRACKS COLORED VINYL LPs!

    Pick one of the following records pressed at Brooklyn Vinyl Works and exclusive to our Kickstarter campaign courtesy of the folks at Captured Tracks:

    -Mac Demarco '2'
    -Diiv 'Oshin'
    -Widowspeak 'Almanac'

    (*includes shipping within the U.S.)

    Want all three? See our bundle option for $95!

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    FACTORY TOUR!

    Chris Muth, a preeminent expert on vinyl records, will lead you on a tour of Brooklyn Vinyl Works' facilities and teach you about the art of making the highest quality records.

    Groups will be limited to 40 people and attendees will receive a Brooklyn Vinyl Works t-shirt!

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    BUNDLE OF (3) EXCLUSIVE COLORED VINYL LPs FROM CAPTURED TRACKS!

    These colored vinyl editions will be pressed at Brooklyn Vinyl Works and are exclusive to our Kickstarter campaign. (*includes shipping within the U.S.)

    Mac Demarco '2'
    +Diiv 'Oshin'
    +Widowspeak 'Almanac'
    = The Captured Tracks Bundle!!

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    GET A SPOT ON OUR PRESSING QUEUE BEFORE THE GENERAL PUBLIC!

    Most record manufacturers across the country have long wait times and some are currently not even accepting new customers.

    For $125, you'll secure A SPOT ON THE PRESSING QUEUE, among our first 101-250 jobs. We'll help you through the process and guarantee the delivery of a test pressing within 15 days of receiving stampers, and your full order (up to 1,000 records) within 60 days. Plus, you'll also get a $25.00 credit towards your job.

    Reservation placement within queue slots 101-250 is on a first come, first served basis before the general public!

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    DISCOVERY TEST PRESS CLUB - 10 Records!

    What's a test press? The test presses are the first ten records made to quality check any recording before the vinyl goes into production, a collector's item for any vinyl enthusiast.

    For $150, you'll become a member of our DISCOVERY TEST PRESS CLUB and get 10 test presses of new and emerging artists from among the Brooklyn Vinyl Works clientele.

    You'll be on the Discovery Test Press Club mailing list and be able to tell us what genre of music you prefer.

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    RESERVE A SPOT BETWEEN 1-100 ON OUR PRESSING QUEUE BEFORE THE GENERAL PUBLIC!

    For $175, you will secure A VIP SPOT NEAR THE TOP OF OUR LIST ON THE PRESSING QUEUE, among our first 100 jobs! This guarantees the delivery of a test pressing within 15 days and your full order (up to 1,000 records) within 30 days. Plus, you'll also get a $50.00 credit towards your job.

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    CHRIS MUTH STUDIO VISIT!

    Visit Chris Muth's studio where he masters records. You’ll learn about the craft behind the creation of stampers (from which all vinyl records are made) and you’ll get to see Chris demonstrate how he cuts a record. A great gift for the bona fide record nerd!

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    AN EXCLUSIVE, UNRELEASED 11 x14" PHOTO OF A SLEEPING BAG RECORDS ARTIST!
    *SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER JANETTE BECKMAN

    Choose one of five previous unreleased 11x14" prints from acclaimed culture photographer Janette Beckman. Original 1980s-era photos of important Sleeping Bag artists include Arthur Russell, EPMD, Mantronix, Just-Ice, and Craig Mack.

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    2-SESSION FACTORY WORKSHOP @ BROOKLYN VINYL WORKS!

    Enjoy two 1 1/2 hour sessions observing and learning about the inner workings of a record press with us. You'll receive a record pressed while you're present at the factory, a Thank You on our website and a spot on the factory mural, along with a $50.00 credit towards any of our soft goods (BVW and/or Sleeping Bag) or any pressing with us.

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    PRESSING OF 100 RECORDS!

    Brooklyn Vinyl Works will press 100 records of a single project for you. We'll guarantee full delivery 30 days after receiving stampers and all necessary components. This does not include mastering or shipping, test presses, or shrinkwrap. It includes white or black die-cut jackets, one-color labels, and one-step plating.

    All jobs are expandable for additional charges depending on the services required.

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    PRESSING OF 500 RECORDS!

    Brooklyn Vinyl Works will press up to 500 records of a single project for you. We'll guarantee full delivery 30 days after approval of test presses and receipt of all elements (jacket, label, etc.). This does not include mastering or shipping, but does include test presses, 2 color labels, plating and shrink wrap.

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    PRESSING OF 1,000 RECORDS!

    Brooklyn Vinyl Works will press up to 1,000 records of a single project for you. We'll guarantee full delivery 30 days after approval of test presses and receipt of all elements (jacket, label, etc.). This does not include mastering or shipping, but does include test presses, 2 color labels, plating and shrink wrap.

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    5 x 500 RECORDS, INCL. ONE COLOR VINYL! ! We'll press five different records for you, up to 500 pressings per project, and you choose one of the projects to be pressed with COLOR VINYL. We'll guarantee full delivery 30 days after approval of test presses and receipt of all elements (jacket, label, etc.). Recipients of this reward will be limited to one project per month and this does not include mastering or shipping, but does include test presses, 2 color labels, plating and shrink wrap.

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    5 x 1000 RECORDS, INCL. ONE COLOR VINYL! We'll press five different records for you, up to 1000 pressings per project, and you choose one of the projects to be pressed with COLOR VINYL. We'll guarantee full delivery 30 days after approval of test presses and receipt of all elements (jacket, label, etc.). Recipients of this reward will be limited to one project per month and this does not include mastering or shipping, but does include test presses, 2 color labels, plating and shrink wrap.

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