Cassettes are Back!
In recent years we have seen the re-emergence of Vinyl as one of the most popular ways to listen to music, and this was aided by the decision to bring the US based Record Store Day over to the UK. Record Store Day has grown to become a key date in every music lovers diary. However, Record Store Day isn’t until April next year, but something else has come off the back of the success of Record Store Day, and that is Cassette Store Day.
Cassette Store Day is a new event, only celebrating its third birthday this year, and celebrates the outdated way of listening to music through a tape player. Founded by UK indie labels Suplex Cassettes, Kissability and Sexbeat, Cassette Store Day has snowballed into a bigger event each year, and has branched out to North America, Australia, New Zealand and Germany with hundreds of artists and stores taking part.
Jen Long, the co-founder of Cassette Store Day said “Cassette tapes aren’t just a format, they’re a culture, and cassette culture is as much about collaboration as doing it yourself”, obviously referring to the days of making mixtapes of your favourite love songs and giving them to the person you fancied at school, or was that just in the movies? Though Cassettes may be seen as less glamourous as Vinyl, remembering the ways in which we used to listen to music before the days of downloads is something that many music fans can appreciate, and it’s great to see people trying to keep the older ways of listening to music alive. Without cassettes, and the creation of the Sony Walkman, we wouldn’t have had the CD player, and definitely wouldn’t have had the invention of the iPod, so we owe a lot to Cassettes and the founders of Cassette Store Day want us to recognise that. Cassette Store Day is seeing the release of exclusive cassette tapes from the likes of Girl Band, Spector, The Maccabees and Kaiser Chiefs. Following on from their immense success on Record Store Day, Resident are selling th
“Cassette tapes aren’t just a format, they’re a culture, and cassette culture is as much about collaboration as doing it yourself”, obviously referring to the days of making mixtapes of your favourite love songs”