At the Satchmi Vinyl Day 2014, held last April 26 at Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street, this black, shiny, round thing was everywhere. On shirts, bags, posters, stickers, on crates full of the shiny, round thing, everywhere. For some, it's a relic from the past. For music fans, a rediscovery of music in true vintage form.
If you're a lucky soul, you might have spotted the big black disc in your friend’s room, spinning and emitting a gorgeously thick sound that Vinyl collectors swear that mp3 players can’t ever produce. Collecting vinyl records is an “it” hobby these days, and Satchmi—an online store selling vinyl records, players, and accessories—marked one day of the year to celebrate all things vinyl.
Bonifacio High Street was filled with live music and vinyl fans for the second year of Satchmi Vinyl Day, as if the place was transformed into a pocket music festival. Along the grassy fields were crates and crates of vinyl records from all kinds of genres: classic to modern, pop to rock, hip-hop to jazz, and everything in between. There was even a discounted bin, perfect for those seeking for summer sales.
Seemingly an event targeted for the youth, Vinyl Day proved to be for everyone, with grandmas and grandpas, and parents with their kids getting their vinyl fixes on.
A listening booth showcasing Satchmi’s line of turntables was set up so those who bought records can listen to their picks if they wanted to. Among the lot was the Motorino II, marketed to be every beginner’s first turntable. Built like a suitcase, it not only looks vintage-ly adorable, but it also does its job quite well.
A booth that printed photos uploaded with the hashtag #SatchmiVinylDay was also set up, providing attendees with a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home if they didn’t feel like buying records.
Top local bands and acts graced the stage to make the afternoon even more fun for analog souls. Up Dharma Down opened the event, with June Marieezy (below) following to set the smooth tone for the night. Farewell Fair Weather made the sunset even more magical with their jazz infused pop rock sound, while Slow Hello played a light set that calmed everyone down from all the shopping frenzy. Some members of Slow Hello came back as Ang Bandang Shirley, and let out their indie awesomeness to dance and wiggle to.
DJ Diego Castillo (below) played an all-vinyl set, busting out trip-hop tunes from Blockhead, Chemical Brothers and a French duo called Air. Taken By Cars made a comeback in the scene later that night, singing old and new songs, much to the enjoyment of adults and teens in the crowd. Young band Dearest, stunned the audience with their dynamic and upbeat sound, and showed how versatile they are by performing a cover: Death Cab For Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into the Dark.” Jensen and the Flips, indie legends Ciudad, She’s Only Sixteen, and The Strangeness closed the music-filled day.
“No one remembers their first download, but everybody remembers their first record,” says the print on the free canvass bags given out. Vinyl Day is laid out not only to celebrate the love for vinyl records, but also to invite and entice everyone to start their own vinyl collections. There are many pros supporting the urge to start collecting records, aside from the aesthetics and the manual feel of playing your favorite song on a turntable instead of just pushing a button.
One good reason to start collecting is the legacy and permanence vinyl records have: It can never be erased, or pirated, and it sounds so clear, crisp, and full, compared to mp3s or FLAC files. One vinyl lover, during the event, recalls how the records she got from her grandfather have marks on his favorite songs. Even if she didn’t know him well, she felt like the record was telling her about the personality of her grandfather. Vinyl records have a story in each of them, and they pass the legacy of music to every collector’s child, and the love for sound just goes on and on and on.