I have a box filled with Walkmans, Diskmans, Minidisk players and a mountain of mixtapes that my youthful self thought were oh so cool… they were the future of music, and, we all wanted to be part of it.Flash forward to the fading days of my 20s and, all I wanted for christmas was a record player. The resurgence of vinyl is so far from irregular, it has become mainstream. However, while the cool kids seek out the hipster moustache manned EP libraries a club has formed in the ether, and, it’s the best damn record club out there.
Vinyl Me, Please was born out of a passion for a passion for music and a desire for something that didn’t exist.
Matt and Tyler met and lived together while working at a tech company in Chicago. A record player became the focal point of their apartment but didn’t have any records. Going to the local record store was great, but the boys often left overwhelmed and empty-handed. One day at work they began talking about record clubs of old. They thought that would be a cool way to build their own collections but after some Google-ing, they couldn’t find anything like that so they said, “Why don’t we start our own?”
VMP officially launched on January 1, 2013 with 12 paying members. The membership continued to grow, eventually hitting 500 by April of 2014 when they featured Diarrhea Planet’s ‘I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.’ It was the first ever Vinyl Me, Please exclusive pressing and set the trend for months to come.
These days, VMP is still dedicated to discovering incredible records in incredible ways, month in and month out. Luckily, with a little needling, the chaps are expanding their reach across the pond and their wares are available on English shores… I have nothing but admiration for the old school reinvention, long may it grace my letterbox.
Daisy Sells | WRITER