by Andrew Trendell Staff | Photos by WENN

Vinyl specialists slam Record Store Day

Carvery Cuts say RSD 'puts too much strain on an overstretched industry'


Another smaller record business has spoken out to slam Record Store Day as actually being quite damaging to independent artists and labels. 

Watch our video interview with Carvery Cuts discussing Record Store Day above

Last month, indie labels Howling Owl and Sonic Cathedral came together to take a stand against RSD, saing that it was "certainly not beneficial to small labels" and that was "co-opted by major labels and used as another marketing stepping stone". 

Record Store Day then responded with a lengthy quote that ended with: "We know it’s not perfect and we know we need more pressing plants. But it’s a hell of a lot better than a world without Record Store Day. Give us a break."

Carvery Cuts are an independent London-based business who specialise in vinyl mastering, pressings, restoration and dubplates - and they too have tired of Record Store Day. 

"I don't know how I feel about Record Store Day," Mastering and Cutting Engineer at Carvery Cuts Frank Merritt told Gigwise. "Record Store Day puts an enormous strain on to an already overstressed record industry, and it's predominently hi-jacked by the major labels."

He continued: "Last year we did a lot of records for Record Store Day, and we predominently worked with independent labels. This year, we haven't done any. To me that's a good thing. Last year, it took us over six months to recover from all manufacturing worldwide for vinyl, because of Record Store Day."

He concluded: "So I think Record Store Day is there for people who don't buy a lot of records to go out once a year, and I don't think that's right." 

Record Store Day 2015 takes place on 18 April. Check out the full list of releases here.

Below: The most wanted Record Store Day releases of 2015

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