Brooklyn Vinyl Works: A Superior Record Pressing Plant
Brooklyn Vinyl Works: A Superior Record Pressing Plant
Committed to pressing high-quality vinyl, restoring record manufacturing equipment, and sharing the process with music enthusiasts.
Committed to pressing high-quality vinyl, restoring record manufacturing equipment, and sharing the process with music enthusiasts. Read more
About this project
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org - 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!
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
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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