Record Store Day sees its ninth annual event land this year on April 16th. However, the relations between the independent music community and Record Store Day continue to face difficulties as another leading independent record store announces they wont be taking part this year.
Berlin store OYE Records have stated Record Store Day has developed in a way that no longer sits comfortably with their objectives. Reasons include the backlog smaller labels face from major labels in pressing plants, and the high number of releases on that single day that contribute to more work and higher costs.
OYE partner Markus Lindner told The Vinyl Factory the reasons for the store’s withdrawal were:
1. There are too many releases on that single day, which represent more work and higher costs than make it worthwhile.
2. The smaller labels with which we work closely the rest of the year are finding it harder and harder to press records in time, largely due to RSD backlog.
3. The releases aren’t really in line with what we sell, particularly since the majors jumped on RSD to release, what are to our mind, unnecessary reissues.
4. I’ve tried for years, without success, to speak with the organisers of RSD to go through the catalogue together to pick out only the most interesting releases.
5. Every day is record store day.
Last year indie labels Sonic Cathedral and Howling Owl pulled out publicly due to RSD‘s rules and regulations not benefiting smaller labels, as well as a trio of record stores in Peckham opting out of the annual event in favour of promoting home-grown releases.
For more on OYE Records, check our in-depth feature with Delfonic around the store last year.